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When Ramadan arrives in the summer, load up on replenishing drinks after breaking fast

This year the holy month of Ramadan falls in the summer, making fasting a tough task for Muslims across the world who abstain from food and drink until sunset. As the body loses liquids, people need to drink more after Iftar in order to avoid dehydration. All of the following are traditional Ramadan drinks that can keep you hydrated.

Dates and Milk

Dates and Milk are traditionally eaten right after the sunset call to prayer. Muslims begin their Iftar by consuming the dried dates, which are put in milk overnight, in adherence to the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, who also broke his fast this way. While plain dates and a simple glass of milk are certainly traditional, you can spice things up a bit by adding stuffed dates to it.

Qamar al din

Probably the most popular drink during Ramadan, Qamar al Din can be consumed during Iftar or Suhoor. It is a perfect way to start Iftar as it contains enough sugar to boost the digestive system. Made from either rolled
dried apricot or dried apricot paste, Qamar al din contains digestive aids, metabolism regulators, vitamins and other useful properties.

Khoshaf

During Ramadan, Arabs sip a cools weet. Khoshaf is typically served in small portions, just to break the fast
before sunset prayers and then at the sit-down meal.

Sobia

Made by lightly fermenting brown bread, barley, spices and sugar, Sobia can be white or dyed red. Very popular in Saudi Arabia, the drink is often sold in plastic bags by street vendors during the holy month.

Carob juice

Carob juice, also known as Kharoub, is a traditional Egyptian drink. It is usually drunk during Ramadan. The healthy and refreshing drink is full of fibre, protein and antioxidants that helps during the long hours of fasting.

Tamarind or Tamer Hindi

Tamarind also known in Arabic as Tamr Hendi/Tamer Hindi, or Indian date, is very popular in Arabic countries. Despite its name, Tamer Hindi is a very sour drink that is considered as the twin of Hibiscus as it is made almost in the same way. It is made of tamarind fruit mixed with sugar and water.

Jallab

Jallab is a popular drink in the Middle East. The drink is made by dates, grape molasses and rose water and served with lots of ice and topped with pine nuts and raisins.

By: Syed Hussain

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