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Ramadan: Different iftar items eaten across India

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Lucknow: Fasting is observed during the holy month of Ramadan, which culminates in the Eid-al-Fitr celebration.
People in the Muslim community restrict their eating habits for the next 30 days or so, eating only twice a day — a pre-fast meal at dawn called ‘sehri’ and a post-fast meal after sunset called ‘iftar’.

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While the meals may appear to be similar in appearance due to the inclusion of a few fundamental ingredients — such as dates — iftar food has its own set of variances and preferences.

After lengthy hours of fasting, individuals in India want their meals to look and taste a certain manner, depending on their geographical location. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re inquisitive.

People break their fast with water and dates in the most conventional sense, which might provide an energy boost. In most households, juice/sherbet and milk are also consumed. It should be remembered that iftar dinners are private affairs that include both non-vegetarian and vegetarian foods.

Iftar is a large meal that resembles a feast, and it is followed by a lighter dinner before night prayers. Popular dishes include chicken and mutton, which are washed down with refreshing beverages and followed by delectable dessert options.

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People in the southern region of India, particularly in Hyderabad, break their fast with haleem, which has a delicious flavour.

Famous Hyderabadi haleem

Muslims in Tamil Nadu and Kerala break their ‘roza’ with ‘nombu kanji’, a dish made with meat, vegetables, and oats that is simmered for hours to achieve the perfect taste.

nombu kanjiStreet food is very popular in the northern areas of the country, and chaat is made at home and consumed by family and friends. Fruit chaat, which is served with fried foods like pakoras and samosas, is another popular dish in the northern states.

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If one is on the lookout for food during iftar in the eastern portion of the country, they may follow the scent of fish, which is a new addition to the iftar menu here. Break your fast with a variety of fish delights cooked in the Mughlai style with the same spices.

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