While there are no rules to Iftar, but if you are having guests over at Iftar, the expectations are high.
It is the season of festivals in India. The holy month of Ramzan commenced on 2nd May. Ramzan or Ramadan, is the most holy month of the Islamic calendar. It is said that it was in this month that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad. It is also believed that during this auspicious month, the gates of heaven are open and the devils are locked in chains. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe the ‘Roza’ or the ritualistic fasts, where they consume food only twice in the day, once before the sunrise and once after the sunset. After the moonnrise, people usually consume dates and water to break their fast and then proceed towards ‘Iftar’, the evening meal.
While there are no rules to Iftar, but if you are having guests over at Iftar, the expectations are high. (Think: kebabs, korma, tikka, biryani). The whole idea of iftar is to let go of differences and dine together like one big community, and if there’s one dish that can bring the whole room together, it is the kebabs. Kebabs are a cooked meat dish, the origins of which lie in the middle-eastern cuisine. There are many different kinds of kebabs, made with different kinds of meat and shaped in interesting patterns. Like the dhaga kebab, where the minced meat is plastered around a skewer and thread (dhaga) is also wrapped around the meat loosely so that it retains shape, or the Galouti kebab, which are essentially round patties only that melt in the mouth.
Similarly, for your Iftar, you can experiment with a range of kababs. While usual suspects like seekh kabab and galouti are not a bad idea, you can try thinking slightly out of the box this time. How about making these butter chicken kebabs?
These kebabs combine the best of both worlds. Tangy butter chicken flavour and the rich, meaty goodness of kebabs. These kebabs are sure to be the highlight of your party, with both kids and grown-ups asking for a second helping, so try and make enough. You can pair it with any dip or chutney of your choice, our favourite would always be the fresh and tangy pudina chutney.
Here’s the complete recipe. Try it today and let us know how you liked it.