Ramadan is nearly there and so it’s time to think about Iftar dinners during the holy month. Today we wanna show you an amazing Iftar at Hyatt Capital Gate in Ab Dhabi and we are sure you will love it.
Chef Abdallah prepared some amazing dishes for this year’s Ramadan and we had the chance to have a little sneak peak of it.
Ramadan is supposed to start this year in the evening of Friday, May 26 and ends in the evening of Saturday, June 24. During this holy month, Muslim people are fasting from sunrise till sundown and have Iftar then as dinner.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting (Sawm) to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids and smoking. Food and drinks are served daily, before dawn and after sunset which is called Iftar.
In the evening, dates are usually the first food to break the fast; according to tradition, Muhammad broke fast with three dates. Following that, Muslims generally adjourn for the Maghrib prayer, the fourth of the five daily prayers, after which the main meal is served.
Social gatherings, many times in a buffet style, are frequent at Iftar. Traditional dishes are often highlighted, including traditional desserts, and particularly those made only during Ramadan. Water is usually the beverage of choice, but juice and milk are also often available, as are soft drinks and caffeinated beverages.
In the Middle East, the Iftar meal consists of water, juices, dates, salads and appetizers, one or more main dishes, and various kinds of desserts. Usually, the dessert is the most important part during Iftar. Typical main dishes are lamb stewed with wheat berries, lamb kebabs with grilled vegetables, or roast chicken served with chickpea-studded rice pilaf. A rich dessert, such as luqaimat, baklava or kunafeh (a buttery, syrup-sweetened kadaifi noodle pastry filled with cheese), concludes the meal.
Over time, Iftar has grown into banquet festivals. This is a time of fellowship with families, friends and surrounding communities, but may also occupy larger spaces at masjid or banquet halls for 100 or more diners.
So us and many other bloggers from Abu Dhabi got invited by Hyatt Capital Gate to try their Iftar menu and we had a lovely evening with great people and a great preview of what’s coming up by the end of this week.
Tim and me love typical Arabic food so we were super happy to have the chance to try it and are excited for Ramadan to come even if Tim and me are not fasting.