|1/Feasts of the Prophet: Ramadan and vegetarianism in Islam|
Written by Julian Bynoe
I copied that interesting article from http://www.veg.ca/ and i looked for beautiful vegan recipes to share .
trust me they are really tasty and sooo good !♥
During the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar, Muslims worldwide celebrate the major holy day of their religion; Ramadan.
Occurring around January, Ramadan marks the period when the religion's founder, the Prophet Mohammad, received the holy words from Allah (God) and put them down into the Koran in the 7th Century AD.
During this period, adult Muslims must fast from dawn until dusk for 29-30 days to stir universal compassion and spiritual renewal for all.
According to scholars the Prophet Mohammed, although not a vegetarian, did prefer to eat vegetarian foods and had a great love and compassion for animals.
It seems to me that has changed with all the pseudo traditional massacres !!!
His favourite foods consisted of yogurt with butter or nuts, cucumbers with dates, pomegranates, grapes and figs. He was known to have quoted:
"Where there is an abundance of vegetables, a host of angels will descend on that place."
Like most of the world's religions (except Jainism), modern Islam does not fully support vegetarianism, although certain Muslim sects such as the Shi'ites and Sufis have vegetarian followers.
Throughout the African, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian parts of the Islamic World, meat is a rarity, making vegetarianism a necessity and not a choice.
During Ramadan, Muslims begin the day with a pre-dawn meal (sehri) of porridge, bread or fruit.
When sundown approaches, they slowly break their fast with something simple like bread and cheese or fruit, followed by a big dusk meal (iftar) like a hearty soup or stew.
When the new moon is sighted, Ramadan ends in a huge feast for family and friends, lasting for several days, called Eid-ul-Fitr.
The following recipes are just some of the tasty VEGAN dishes that can be served during or after Ramadan from various countries.
A popular vegetarian soup from Algeria.
Heat oil in heavy soup pot over medium heat. Saute onion until tender. Add garlic, paprika and cayenne, cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add tomato puree and stock or water. Bring to simmer and add salt and cracked wheat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently, stir occasionally until cracked wheat is cooked, about 30 minutes (15 minutes if using bulghar). Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer soup to blender or food processor (optional). Add parsley, cilantro and mint; blend until almost smooth. Return soup to pot, stir in chickpeas and reheat. Add lemon juice and salt to taste. Serve.
Usually served after sundown during Ramadan, this Palestinian lentil and rice dish is truly superb.
If not using canned lentils, cook dry lentils in 3 cups water until tender for 45 minutes, then drain. Heat oil in large skillet or pot over medium heat. Saute onion until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, pepper, cumin seeds and rice. Saute for 1-2 minutes, stir constantly so spices don¹t burn. Add salt and water, bring to a boil and cover, cooking for 40 minutes for brown rice, 15 minutes for white. Remove from heat, keeping cover on for 10 minutes. Stir cooked or canned lentils into rice, add salt to taste. Serve garnished with plain or soy yogurt, if desired.
Spiced Potatoes & Cauliflower
This Pakistani side dish is usually served with rice or flatbreads.
Heat vegan margarine or oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat.
Sauté onion until tender.
Stir garlic and spices and continue to sauté for a minute.
Add vegetables and reserved cooking water.
Cover, reduce heat to low and cook until vegetables are very tender for about 5 minutes. Mash slightly with a fork, salt to taste. Serve.
Sources: Food For The Spirit: Vegetarianism & The World Religions ; Steven Rosen, Vegetarian Times, January 1995.
Pakistani Chickpeas with Tomato and Cumin
|2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil|
|1 teaspoon cumin seeds|
|1/2 teaspoon salt|
|1/2 teaspoon chilli powder|
|2 tomatoes, chopped|
|400g chickpeas cooked , drained|
|1 tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice|
|1 onion, chopped|
|1.||In a large pot over low heat, warm oil and cumin and heat until cumin turns a darker shade of brown.|
|2.||Add salt and chilli powder and mix well. Stir in tomatoes, chickpeas, lemon juice and onions. Cook and stir until chickpeas are soft and mixture has thickened slightly.|
|2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil|
|1 onion, chopped|
|2 cloves garlic, minced|
|2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes|
|3 cups (750ml) vegetable stock|
|1 bay leaf|
|1 teaspoon dried Italian basil|
|½ teaspoon dried thyme or oregano|
|¼ teaspoon paprika|
|1 tomato, chopped|
|300g mixed vegetables- carrots, zucchini, beans - whatever you have|
|1 tin (400g) chickpeas, drained|
|salt to taste|
|ground black pepper to taste|
In a saucepan, warm oil over moderate heat.
Add onion, garlic, and sweet potatoes; saute 5 minutes.
Stir in the stock, bay leaf, basil, thyme, and paprika.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to medium low. Cover.
Simmer until vegetables are tender but not mushy, about 15 minutes.
|3.||Stir in tomato, green beans, and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered until tender, about 10 minutes more. Serve hot.|
Acar Sayur Campur
|1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets|
|5 lady's fingers, halved lengthwise|
|1/2 cucumber, cut into 2 in sticks|
|1 carrot, cut into 2 in sticks|
|1 onion, sliced thickly|
|6 small shallots, peeled and leave whole|
|2 red chilli, cut lengthwise discard seeds|
|2 green chilli, cut lengthwise discard seeds|
|1/2 in ginger|
|1/2 tsp turmeric powder|
|1/2 tsp chilli paste|
|1/2 cup white vinegar|
|1 tbsp sugar|
|salt to taste|
|1 tbsp oil|
1 cup water
|Slice the shallots, garlic and ginger. Heat a little oil in pan and saute those ingredients until crispy. Add chilli paste and turmeric, stir and add water. Add the vinegar, sugar and salt.|
|Bring to a boil then put in carrots and lady's fingers into the pot. Add in the cauliflower, cucumber, whole shallots, sliced onions and lastly chillies.|
|3.||Taste and adjust seasoning as required|