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TANGY & HEALTHY
By Asma Aziz
The blessed month of Ramadan is a time devoted to the exercise of restraint and discipline. The faithful abstain from food and drinks from dawn to dusk. At the call of Maghreb prayers, they break their daylong fast -- iftar. As the first meal after fasting the entire day, the iftar menu needs to be balanced as well as enjoyable. An ideal iftar should quickly replenish the body's fluids, provide the day's required nutrients, be easy to digest, and of course, be very tasty.
While it is common for iftar to include all kinds of hearty dishes, it is important to avoid overindulgence in these. The month gives us an opportunity to detoxify our bodies, and along with some of the heavier dishes that may be eaten in moderation, healthier options including plenty of fruits should also be a central part of a balanced iftar menu.
Puree cucumbers with water in a blender. Sieve the puree into a large bowl. Mash fresh mint leaves until bruised. Combine all ingredients in a jug and stir well. Serve with ice and garnish with cucumber slices.
Rice and cabbage pancake
Blend the wheat and lentil mixture for a few seconds. Heat oil, add the whole spices, cooked lamb, 3 green chillies, and ½ cup fresh coriander. Fry for 1 or 2 minutes. Add yoghurt and cook on low heat until oil settles on top, stirring occasionally.
Add 3 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add ghee and the wheat and lentil mixture. Simmer on low heat for at least half an hour, stirring occasionally. Garnish with fried onions, cashew nuts, fresh coriander and mint
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RAMADAN temptations around town
Each iftar meal that we have with friends and family brings us a step closer to the much awaited Eid-ul-Fitr. To make iftars even more enjoyable each year Khazana brings its special iftar with new additions to the menu and this year is no exception.
The master chefs at Khazana have taken extra effort to acquire the right ingredients for the dishes to be cooked. This year's new additions include Shahi Haleem (Mutton & Chicken), Gosht Dum Biryani, Lazeez Murgh Kabab, Paw Bhaji and Kesaria Phirnee.
This time around the buffet Iftar dinner will be available throughout the month at the reasonable price of Tk.999++ per person.
A few items that you will find in the Ramadan specials are assorted Kebabs, Chicken Kathi Rolls, Dahi Barra, Chana Chat Pata and Matka Lassi and more.
This year Khazana is introducing a special zipped pack “Lacha Shemai” for their valued customers. A Master Halwai Chef from India has come over for the month of Ramadan to thrill you with his sweet delicacies. Some of the sweet specialties include Canned Sweets, Son Papri, Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai, Motichur Laddu, Kaju Barfi, Lemon Sandesh, Raj Bhog among others.
For reservations and more information please contact: 028826127, 02882196 and 01711476379.
Nando's: New waters and new endeavours
Nando's has come up with three different iftar meals this Ramadan. And there is a clear and interesting segmentation: The Hungry, The Very Hungry and the Very Very Hungry. The Ramadan offerings are available at all outlets. Also, Nando's will bring underprivileged children to their restaurants and treat them to delicious Peri Peri Chicken during Ramadan. You can also donate a Quarter Chicken Meal, and Nando's will match your donation.
Nando's has also come up with a very exciting platter for takeaways -- a meal for four. The hearty meal for four has a full chicken as the core meal. And, surrounding the main course, there are portions of almost every item Nando's has to offer.
Radisson's Ramadan & Eid celebrations
The long buffet line consists of authentic dishes of the Middle-East and also traditional items we get in our locality. Seafood, hummus, steak and a dish consisting of a giant lamb roast that sits in the centre surrounded by biriyani in a platter half your size will surely make your mouth water. The buffet menu is changed regularly.
The price tag for this buffet is Tk. 2055++. You can make reservations for up to 15 people.
Spice & Rice, another Radisson restaurant will be serving the existing ala-carte menu for dinner only. Here too, you can make reservations for up to 15 people.
If you want to invite more people though, there is another offer for you: priced at Tk.1399++, the buffet menu contains traditional food from the sub-continent as well as a number of cuisines from all over the world. Mainly targeted at businesspeople seeking to break fast with employees, associates or partners, this lavish meal has been arranged at Mallika, Mahua and Madhabi, 3 exclusive halls of the hotel.
Haleem (Tk. 650 ++ per kg) and jilapi (Tk. 500 ++ per kg) are available for takeaways.
Radisson also offers the Special Iftar & Eid Room Package, priced at Tk.12999 (inclusive of all taxes) per night. This package offers a night's stay for 2 people, iftar at Mahua, and sehri in your room (check-in time: 4:00pm; check-out time: 12:00 pm on Day 2). The offer will be valid till 20 August.
Finally, you might want to grab some of the special Eid Hampers that contain special delicacies and gift items, priced at Tk. 4099 ++, Tk. 2999 ++ and Tk. 1999 ++.
For reservations or more information, call 02 8754555, Ext: 6029.
Platinum Suites brings 'Old Dhaka' Iftar
By Karishma Ameen and M H Haider
A bit on the pricey side this season but make sure to try out the famous Lengra and Himshagor versions, one last time, this year.
TANGY AMRA (OTAHEITA APPLE)
Products available at most street vendors.
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