The Muezzin's call to Maghrib prayers is the signal that the fast is over for the day. We recite the Iftar dua "O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance" and break the fast.
Fast is traditionally broken with chilled lemonade or coconut water. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
Cucumber further quenches thirst while dates provide an instant energy surge.
Next come orange slices. Vitamin C!
Followed by cooked chickpeas (high in nutrient value) - accompanied by puffed rice.
Are you marvelling at our healthy, by-the-book diet? Don't be so quick to judge!
We next binge on absolutely unhealthy deep fried goodies - without which no self-respecting South Asian Muslim would consider their fast 'properly' broken.
Golden Piaju (a mix of mashed lentil/sliced onion/green chili/cilanthro).
Feather light Beguni (aubergine covered in cornflour batter).
Sag Pakora (shredded spinach mixed with flour).
And of course, no Iftar table is complete without store bought (and even unhealthier?) delicacies.
Mutton Haleem (mutton and lentil curry - well, it's a bit more complicated than that!). Oh yumm, yummmm, yummmmmmm!!!
Crunchy Jalebis (flour and curd batter deep fried and soaked in a sugar and saffron syrup). Drooooooool!!!
For dessert (Iftar IS a meal, you know) there was Mishti Doi (sweet yoghurt).
Subhan'Allah. It was a great meal!
Burp! Oh, do excuse me!!!