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Old 07-20-2012, 09:53 AM   #1
 
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I have two friends who I have become pretty close to over the pass few months. They are both muslim. I know a bit about some of the practices and culture, but today is the beginning of Ramadan. They also mentioned having "iftar"? Can someone enlighten me. I think its a meal, correct? What kind of food is prepared? And if anyone has any recipes they can share, I would like to have some so I can make them something.

I would ask them, but I kinda want it to be a surprise. Kinda like, "Surprise, I know your customs and I even know how to prepare this traditional iftar dish!"

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Iftar is the meal that happens just after sunset when the fast is broken. The fast is traditionally broken with dates. The meal itself depends on the nationality of the people involved.

Also, Ramadan lasts for one lunar month, so you have a month of iftars.
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Oh, Ramadan Karim is correct.
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Iftar is the meal that happens just after sunset when the fast is broken. The fast is traditionally broken with dates. The meal itself depends on the nationality of the people involved.

Also, Ramadan lasts for one lunar month, so you have a month of iftars.
In bengali cultures its dates, light lemonade(just water sugar lemon) which tastes the best after fasting, lots of fried foods and some other types of food that I do not know how to say in english... I love iftar food. I don't fast anymore though.
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oh ok. thats awesome. I told my friends i will try to fast, but i cant make any promises. So we made plans to meet for an iftar next friday at one of my friends homes. i heard we are suppose to have figs? If this is true I will get some for us.
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Ramadan is an arabic month in the arabic year. Its were moslims are supposed to fast from the sunrise to sunset. Iftar is the meal we have after fasting.Iftar meals depend on the country.if you want to prepare Iftar meal try including rice and dates in it and dont forget juice or water.

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I've been to dinner at an iftar tent, and it's really wonderful how they feed the whole community free of charge.

I don't know where your friends are from, but this is a common dish my friends have all year long-

Binnur's Turkish Cookbook: Red Lentil Soup

Hoşgeldin Ya Şehr-i Ramazan

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I've been to dinner at an iftar tent, and it's really wonderful how they feed the whole community free of charge.

I don't know where your friends are from, but this is a common dish my friends have all year long-

Binnur's Turkish Cookbook: Red Lentil Soup

Hoşgeldin Ya Şehr-i Ramazan

(I'm new...sorry to just drop in on your thread )
Thank you for the recipe.

drop in anytime!
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