Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Abstinence and my absence of mind.

Abstinence and absence of mind will go hand in hand for me this year. If I don't eat, I basically don't remember much and my whole day is like a fog. I'm truly scared of this year's holy month of Ramadan, mainly because this is the first time in my adult life that the fasts will be so long- almost 16 hours long.... basically a 16 hour long fog for me. I am a very unpleasant person to be around when food is missing from the scene, ask my nearest and dearest. I am also a useless person to be around when I don't have access to frequent doses of caffeine and carbohydrates. To make things remarkably difficult, I have a robust toddler on my hands who is always bursting with energy, bless him. You get the picture, it will get ugly. 

At the same time, I am also very excited about fasting; I see it as a test of my will power, strength and my believes. I see it as a challenge and love the devotion and dedication that it requires. Fasting can really whip one into shape and instill the idea of discipline that we might have been lacking during the rest of the year. It's a fixed schedule of eating, praying, sleeping, reading etc. What is also great is the flat stomach that is at its lowest level in the hours closest to sunset ;) Go weigh yourself then, it will give you enough energy to jump off the scale with joy, I promise.

People often say that Ramadan is a good time to kick your smoking habit. I disagree. Don't make any big changes in Ramadan. Fasting is serious work, don't make it harder. Look forward to your reward at sunset and enjoy it. What I would recommend though is to carry over the discipline of Ramadan onto the next month and use it then to get rid of a bad habit or to get yourself into a healthy routine. 

Ramadan is so much more than just abstinence from food but for the purpose of this post food is what I want to focus on (of course, as always.) Ramadan calls for abstinence during the day but allows you to indulge after sunset and, man, do people spread out a feast. Here are some yummy ideas to add to your own spread whether your observe Ramadan or not :) Carb up people! It's going to be a long race.

1) Simple Pakora recipe

2) Fruit Chaat

 3) Kaala Chana Chaat

4) Jalebi - Mmmm...Best when served hot!

5) How about a twist on samosa and french toast?

I hope you will try some of the yumminess and report back :) Check in next week for one of my favorite breakfast dishes. It's a family recipe that I would love to share with you. See you then!


  1. Happy Ramadan! Have you been filling up on Samosa French Toast? ;)

  2. hahah you know I will try anything! have yet to make these. Have you tried them?

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