5 Ramadan Dishes to Make with Kids

From Multicultural Kid Blogs: 5 Ramadan Dishes to Make with Kids

Ramadan is one of the months in the Islamic calendar and lasts for 30 days. Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islamic faith and it’s an obligatory act for each adult Muslim to fast from sunrise to sunset. Muslims will be fasting, performing good deeds, praying more, and reading the Quran during this month. Families around the world are eating delicious food and sugary treats every night when they break their fast.  Most meals often include a salad, soup, a main dish, some bread, and a sweet dessert. In this post, you’ll learn about five amazing Ramadan dishes that you can make with your kids.

Ramadan Dishes to Make with Kids
Photo credit (C) Adrienne Demirelli

Involving kids in the kitchen helps develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, learn math and science concepts, and new vocabulary, use their 5-senses, and learn about healthy foods. Before preparing the dishes you could talk about the history of the dish, how it is prepared, what ingredients it needs, how it is served, and how it is eaten. Below you will find five traditional Ramadan dishes and the ways in which kids can help prepare and make them.

Red Lentil Soup

This is one of the first recipes that I learned when I started making Turkish cuisine, probably because it is one of the easiest ones.  This soup is a staple of Turkish cuisine as it is served in most Turkish households and restaurants. When you are invited to dinner in a Turkish home, you will most likely eat this soup. Red lentil soup is quick to make, cheap, and very filling. This is because lentils provide a good source of protein. Red lentils are also easier to cook than the green or brown lentils and they create a creamy texture when blended.

Kids could help prepare the soup by peeling and chopping onions, carrots, and potatoes as well as pouring and measuring the red lentils out of the box into a bowl, placing the onions in the pot with the oil, have them scoop out the pepper paste, tasting the soup, putting the spices in and boiling water.

Girl Chopping CarrotsPhoto Credit (c)Adrienne Demirelli

Qar al deen

Qar Al deen or Apricot pudding is a special guest that appears on our dinner table every Ramadan. This dessert fills the bellies of many Egyptians including my own grandparents who introduced it to their kids and then to us.

Apricot Pudding
Photo Credit (C) Reem Tomac

Kids could help prepare the pudding by measuring out the ingredients and garnishing the dish with raisins, coconut, and nuts.

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