Eid ul-Fitr

6 Oct

One of the five pillars of Islam is the Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, a celebration of the period during which the first verses of the sacred Qur’an were reveled to the prophet Mohamed.  Ramadan is then a period of praying, even more than usual, and of fasting for the sake of Allah.

After this whole month of purification, which ended around 2 weeks ago, fast can be broken (Fitr) and a 3-day period of festivities (Eid) starts, the Eid ul-Fitr, during which the Takbir, an expression of fate, is recited.  Also, as the end of a fasting period, some traditional dishes are prepared, among them the Ramazan pidesi, a kind of Turkish pita bread.

The preparation is rather simple, specially if you’ve tried my simple Italian bread recipe.  Before adding the yeast, see step 2, reduce the amount to around 7 g (1/2 tablespoon) and dissolve it in 1/4 cup of warm milk.  Let this mixture rest for about 15 min before proceeding.  Also, cut the amount of sugar in half, and use milk instead of water. In step 6, while the dough rests, spread some olive oil all over it (1-2 table spoons).  Just before baking, what takes around 15-20 min at high temperature, brush some slightly beaten egg mixed with 1-2 tablespoons of milk over the surface to obtain a beautiful and shinning color, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  This recipe yields 2 average size breads. Don’t they look like focacce?

My Ramazan pidesi

My Ramazan pidesi

By the way,  I’m not a muslin and neither have I ever seen (except for some pictures), or eaten, any real Ramazan pidesi.  But let me tell you, Allaahu akbar (God is the Greatest), as says the first expression of the Takbir, since my friends just loved it.  This is what really matters.

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