It’s a sign that the month of Ramadan, holy to Muslims ,is here, when grocers start lining their shelves with an assortment of dates. After fasting from dawn to dusk, many Muslims break their fast with dates, a tradition which dates back to Hadith literature; Prophet Muhammad was said to have partaken of dates during iftar, the meal that breaks the fast, so check out our recipes with dates.
Tradition aside, nutrient-packed dates are full of natural sugar, providing much-needed energy after a day of fasting and kick-starting the digestion process – important, since the dates are usually followed with other food.
Bursting with sweetness, dates really are earth’s natural candy. What’s more, they are very versatile and can be eaten fresh, dried or in a dish. Chef Safura Atan shares 10 different recipes with dates as a centerpiece ingredient. She pops them into cookies, rice, a lamb dish and even ice cream!
Recipes with Dates
This article and recipes were first published in Flavours magazine.