Ramadan kareem! Happy Ramadan! Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims as they strive to increase their good deeds and grow spiritually. I know it can seem crazy – but we actually look forward to this month of no eating or drinking. For me personally, it is almost like a reset for the year. We are almost halfway through the year! Have I moved towards my goals that I started in January? Where am I slacking? How can I improve? By removing food and drink from the equation during the day, I really get to focus in on what I actually want in life. Every minute is precious in Ramadan. I want to make sure that I’m using my time wisely.
While focusing in on my goals is a huge benefit to me every year, I also really enjoy how the community comes together to celebrate. It is lovely to go to the mosque and see new faces from all over the world coming to celebrate the month that the Qu’ran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). It feels amazing to come together as a community as we all break out fasts after enduring long days of work, study, taking care of children… daily life! We can all bond over our striving to do better. Of course, everyone wants to get the reward of feeding a fasting person. Dinner invites are non-stop!
As Ramadan was approaching, I wanted to do something special this year. For the first time in a long time, I’m not working during Ramadan. It has allowed me to focus even more on my goals since I have the day free to do as I wish. To be honest, I don’t do a lot of cooking in Ramadan. There are daily dinners at the mosque that I regularly attend and so many people invite me to come and eat at their houses! I wanted to return the favor for all of that free food and hospitality that I received. I started thinking and I decided that chocolate pistachio stuffed dates were the way to go!
To be honest, I didn’t like dates when I first tried them. Muslims usually break their fasts with a date per tradition. I didn’t know it then, but there are so many different kinds of dates. The ones that I tried at first were the dry kind. Not a fan. After trying the softer kind though… I’m a life long fan! These stuffed dates are special as they are dipped in chocolate with nuts. Even my Mom, who doesn’t like dates at all, couldn’t help but sneak a few from this batch that I made for herself! They really are delicious and very rich. One is definitely enough!
While these chocolate pistachio stuffed dates are long gone from my house, they are waiting to join your Ramadan table or just because! Happy feasting. 🙂
Looking for more Ramadan recipes? Check out my Ramadan Pinterest board!
Q: Do you like dates?