Ramadan in India

    Hyderabad’s love for food needs no excuse   “While I have grown up far away from my hometown in India, my talented mother has rekindled the soul of Hyderabadi Ramadan cooking for us in our home in Dubai. I would step through our apartment door after school, childishly hungry after a half-day of fasting, …

Ramadan in Old Times Jordan

    “Back in the day, when people in Jordan did not have televisions, radio or speakers to hear the Athan الأذان (call for prayer), the kids used to go to the Mosque before Iftar and wait there until the Athan, then run back home to tell their families that they can now break their …

Ramadan In Jordan

Unique Traditions and the Bedouin Jordanian Mansaf “Ramadan in my country means Home and Family. We like to eat at home during the Holy month, or at a close relative’s home. We enjoy family gatherings, and raise our kids to appreciate them too, as we believe these family ties have a huge positive effect on …

Soups & The Origin Of Restaurants

Did you know that soups are the base of eating as we know it today? Better yet,  did you know that soups are the base of the thought ‘nurturing the body through food’? How about if I tell you that soups are the origin of restaurants? What does it all have to do with Ramadan?   Yes …

Ramadan in Algeria – The traditions, customs & food

“Food is the most prominent of my early childhood memories of Ramadan. The fragrance of fresh coriander leaves being chopped for my mother’s hearty ‘chorba frik’, prepared in a shorba clay pot that is purposely bought for Ramadan… the aroma of orange blossom water from the ‘Andalusian Prune Tajine’… and the smoky flavors of grilled …

How She Remembers Ramadan in 1910 – 1950 Algeria

  “My grandmother Djenet is 82 years old, bless her, and is a very curious lady who likes to chat. I love her and love chatting with her especially about old times. When I asked her what she remembers about Ramadan foods back in the day, and during her early years, she said: ‘food was …

Ramadan In Lebanon

“The most significant Ramadan tradition that my family follows is being together as a family and I do hope and believe that the younger generation does follow this tradition. Ramadan is a lovely time of the year that I would invite everyone to join in and celebrate regardless of religion or culture.” – Tala Soubra   As …

Al Hakawati الحكواتي – The Storyteller tradition

حكواتي Hakawati is an Arabic word that Literally means ‘a storyteller’.  In Arabic Culture a Hakawati is the person who is known for his/her talent in storytelling, that who attracts everyone to sit and eagerly listen. However, never one to tell nonsense or aimless stories of self heroism – which traditionally is seen as a shameful …

Ramadan in Bahrain

When I was living in Bahrain I used to always look forward to Ramadan over there. The island is such fun during the Holy month! With many Ramadan tents to hang out after Iftar, where everyone gathers to play cards, and nibble on delicious food all the while listening to live music bands playing music …

Ramadan in the UAE

“We never eat out during Ramadan. It’s a time we spend with the family.” – Arwa Lootah, Emirati food blogger ‘La Mere Culinaire’   Recent Trends Perhaps the most prominent image in the mind of all expats, for Ramadan in the UAE, is that of the Ramadan Tents. Set up for the month of Ramadan, …