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The Changing Sehri Menu

Sehri or Sahur is a pre-dawn mandatory meal that Muslims have during the holy month of Ramadan. Year after year people debate over what to eat and what not to eat at the early dawn hours. Though the older generation still prefers to have rice and curry, t

Post by on Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Sehri or Sahur is a pre-dawn mandatory meal that Muslims have during the holy month of Ramadan. Year after year people debate over what to eat and what not to eat at the early dawn hours. Though the older generation still prefers to have rice and curry, today's generation is open to experimenting. With the change in food habits over the years and the young generation in present days and age prefers to keep their meals light but nutritious , especially during the early dawn hours. 

Lubna Reshi talked to a group of people who shared their food options that they have adapted for their Sehri meal. 

 

Oats

 

Oats is the new rice in Kashmir. Many people have replaced it with rice. It is not only nutritious but also keeps a person full for the day. "It keeps me full and is healthy as well," says, Roza, a homemaker.

Some people like it bland, some prepare it with milk while some like it spicy. "The great thing about oats is that you can consume it the way you want to. You can't get bored of it," she adds. Roza added oats to her Sehri menu last year after a friend suggested it to her. "Since then we eat oats in Sehri along with dates, fruits and juices. My husband is diabetic and it suits him too."

Oats is rich in fibre and is considered good for diabetics. "At least it's better than rice. It doesn't add to your calories and keeps you full as well," says Dr Arifa, a physician. 

 

 

Muesli with fruits and nuts

 

With people around the globe becoming diet conscious, people in Valley are not behind in this race. "I am on a weight control regime and I wanted to maintain that during Ramadan as well. So instead of going for a typical rice/chai menu I consume muesli. It's for those who prefer having a healthy meal," says Neha Wani, a student.

Neha packs her muesli with milk and fruits to add more nutrition. I add it with papaya, peaches, apples, raisins, grapes and almonds to it so that it keeps me full for the whole day. I finish it off with a glass of freshly prepared juice."

Muesli is considered a cholesterol-free cereal and adds vitamins, fibre and iron to the diet.

 

Smoothies 

 

Smoothies are the best way to add essential nutrients to keep the body fit and hydrated for the whole day. People are adding smoothies to their Sehri menu and are relishing it. "Since there are a number of ways to make smoothies so you can't go bored with them," says Suria, a law student. 

Suria prepares her smoothies overnight and consumes it in the Sehri. She adds vegetables, dates, oats, fruits and little milk to her smoothie."Out of all the smoothies I prepare, dates, banana and oats smoothie is my favourite. It keeps me energetic throughout the day and I don't feel hunger pangs."

 

 

Eggs and Paratha

 

"Though paratha isn't Kashmiri at all but it keeps you full," says Irfana Fazili. In addition to paratha people also take eggs either as boiled or fried. "Eggs have a good nutritive value and are good for the body. They add energy to your day hence should be consumed daily," Dr Arifa adds. 

 

Chappati and Yogurt

 

More and more people are adding up simple chapatti in their diet and Bisma is one of them. "Rice is considered too bad now. We have shunned it long back and we are eating roti only. During Sehri, I along with my family take a bowl of yogurt with one chappati. Later we finish it off with a banana." Yogurt is considered to be good for the body to keep it hydrated. Doctors say even if you eat two spoons of it that will also be sufficient. 

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