How to quench your thirst during Ramadan

In the Arab world, people are accustomed to displaying a host of drinks on their Iftar table: Irk Sous, Tamer Hind, and Qamrideen. As a child I was never really fond of those drinks, they were too sweet for my taste, plus they didn’t seem to really quench my thirst.

This Ramadan, I came across the best thirst-quencher ever: Yogurt (diluted with water). Have a yogurt drink right after you drink water when you break your fast, or with your meal. The minerals and goodness in the yogurt will jump-start you immediately. The other day I approached Iftar with the attitude of a dry plant; after I sipped on yogurt, I felt really rejuvenated and re-energized!

Here’s the simple way to make a yogurt drink:

  • Fill a jug with a few spoons of yogurt
  • Add some water, but keep the yogurt a little bit thick; a lot of water will make it too thin and you’ll lose the taste
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • Add a pinch of dry mint (optional – but yummy and has a cooling effect)
  • mix well

On Suhoor (Suhur), have a glass or two of this yogurt drink ahead of Dawn Prayers with your meal.

Ramadan Mubarak!

About 50% Syrian

What is identity? I was raised Arab (of varying origins), with a Syrian mother, and Moroccan, Lebanese and Tunisian great grandfathers and grandmothers. I always felt 50% Syrian, and this percentage mattered to me more than anything else. Love of my life, my late Sufi grandmother, is Syrian... all her bedtime stories were about her life in Damascus. Damascus is where the heart dwells.
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