This month is Ramadan, a month celebrated by Muslims the world over. In the year 610, it was in this ninth month on the Islam calendar that Muslims believe Muhammad experienced his first divine revelation from God that led to the Qur'an.
In recognition of this holy month, Muslims fast during daylight hours, followed by feasting at night. In addition to fasting, Muslims traditionally read the Qur'an and devote themselves to prayer during this time.
Around the world, a staggering 23% of people practice Islam. Below are some tasty Ramadan recipes that you don't have to be Muslim to enjoy!
1. Almond Sherbet
This refreshing drink blends condensed milk, water, sugar, almond extract and finely chopped almonds together for a liquid delight. Ready in 40 minutes (with a prep time of only 10 minutes), this is a traditional and delicious drink served during Ramadan nights! Check out the full recipe here.
2. Turkish Pizza
With lamb sauce, flat bread made from scratch, creamy garlic sauce, minced lamb and fresh tomatoes, this is not your garden-variety pizza. To savor this Mediterranean treat, you'll have to plan ahead, as it requires two hours of prep time and one day's worth of waiting time! Check out the full recipe here.
3. Homemade Hummus
Who doesn't love hummus? In just 15 minutes, you can whip up your own blend of this amazing treat. Using garbanzo beans, soybeans, bay leaf, onion, vegetable broth, garlic, lemon, tahini, pepper and parsley, you can create the perfect dip for your pita chips, all on your own. Check out the recipe here.
4. Chocolava Cookies
Consistently renowned as "fudgy," these cookies will have your family coming back for more. They're called "lava" as the top layer forms cracks while in the oven. Best of all, they're ready to eat in 45 minutes. Check out the Julie Van Rosendall's full recipe here.
5. Melon and Peach Salad
This is the perfect recipe for the health-minded. All you have to do is mix together fresh peaches, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, lemon juice, orange juice, sugar and sliver almonds! It's as easy to make as it sounds! Check out the full recipe here.