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10 Minute Super Sunnah Suhour Porridge #SunnahKitchen

10 minutes to make your Ramadan Suhour not only Sunnah but healthy

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Ramadan is right around the corner. And with less than 30 days we're really hassling to get ready to welcome Ramadan. For those that don't know what Ramadan is, Ramadan is the most important month of the year for Muslims, the believers, and followers of the religion of Islam.  We fast, we pray, we give charity, we do good deeds, we try to better ourselves and our relationship to God. It is the month that the believers await with eagerness. 

For a more in depth explaination you can click here.

Fast (or saum in Arabic) as a term means not eating, drinking, smoking, engaging in sexual intercourse, gossip, cursing and any other worldy habits from sunrise till sunset. 
The first step of the Ramadan Fast begins after midnight. People must prepare for the first day of fasting. Most reserve some hours in the night for quiet reflection and making the niyyah (intention). And most will have a meal which is called  Suhour before the fasting begins. The muezzin (the person who makes the call to the Islamic prayer) usually making an announcement to people to warn them that the time is almost near and they can’t have any food after they hear the voice of imam calling all Muslims to prayer.

The stories in the Hadith (traditions of the Prophet Mohammed peace be upon him) remind us that suhour (the meal before the fast) is an important and essential to health during Ramadan. It's one Sunnah we should not forget.

While I've posted some Suhour recipes here and also pinned some on Pinterest here, there's still so many options. Today I'd like to share one of my family's favourite with you all today. It's really a great dish to have as suhour or on any morning when you're not fasting.  

Talbina is a simple dish that was enjoyed by the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and his companions. It is made from barley flour, water and is often sweetened with honey. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used this dish as a means for curing the sick and to comforting those who have lost loved ones. Today, I'm presenting a variation on Talbina, adding oats and another Sunnah food nigella seed oil.
Aicha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated, “If any of the Messenger’s (peace be upon him) family became ill, the Messenger (pbuh) would say, ‘It (talbina) soothes the grieving heart and cleanses the ailing heart just as one of you cleans dirt off his face with water.
[Hadith Hasan].
Barley, dates, nigella seeds, honey, and milk are all foods of the Sunnah and hold their own healing properties. This porridge combines all of these ingredients together to create a super Sunnah food!

The two main ingredients are barley and oats.

Barley lowers cholesterol and strengthens the heart; protects from cancer, alzheimer, and depression; controls blood sugar levels, Type 2 Diabetes, mellitus and hypertension, all without side effects.

Old-fashioned rolled oats are an excellent source of fibre , which is filling and helps maintain blood sugar—all factors that help control hunger during the fasting period. Fiber also helps prevent constipation, a common problem during Ramadan.

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So let's get started with the recipe.


10 Minute 
Super Sunnah 
 Suhour Porridge 

breakfast | yields about 4 servings

 90g - 1 cup quick cooking oats
‣ 148g - 1 cup barley meal (talbina)
‣ generous pinch of cinnamon
‣ drizzle of nigella seed oil
‣ pinch of salt
‣ 1-3 tablespoon (to taste) honey or date paste
‣ vanilla essence
‣ 1 L - 1 qt milk (cow or vegetable based) or water

Garnish: whole dates, chopped almonds, cinnamon

1. Place all the ingredients in a heavy bottom pot, except the nigella seed oil. Cow milk is considered Sunnah food, but if you have any dietary restrictions use a vegetable based milk like almond or coconut milk, or just use water. Using milk will give you a creamier porridge though. Slowly allow the milk to come to an almost boil, then reduce the heat to low.

2. Cook the mixture on a low heat, stirring occasionally until it thickens to a consistency that's thick but still creamy. You've reached this point when a rubber spatula drags across the bottom leaving a trail that slowly fills back up. If there are some brown bits, the porridge is overcooked.

3. Once cooked, drizzle in a few soup spoons of the nigella seed oil, stir then ladle into your servings bowls. Top with cinnamon, chopped almonds and/or dates before serving.
    ⇝ If you're a busy person, this porridge can be made ahead, the evening before, cooled then stored in fridge-safe container in the fridge for up to 3days. I wouldn't freeze it. When you want to use it, just ladle out your desired portion, then slowly heat up on the stove or microwave.

    ⇝ You could optionally play with the flavours in this porridge, adding chai spice mixtures, orange blossom instead of the vanilla or even dark chocolate. And optionally add a spoonful of coconut butter when cooking to it even more creamy and rich - esp good for younger children who have anemia and weight issues.

    ⇝ While, not Sunnah you could use maple syrup instead of the dates or honey.

     CATEGORIES: breakfast, suhour, , VEGETARIAN, vegan ADAPTABLE, healthy, quick and easy

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        This porridge is delicious with a cup of date sweetened chai tea or warmed glass of this date milk or even a glass of North African mint tea. 


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