What do people in Islamic countries eat for breakfast ?
Most of us in the morning, when we’ve dragged ourselves out of bed and made ourselves look more or less presentable to the world, proceed to having breakfast. Off course, some Muslims skip breakfast all-together, though it is commonly accepted to be the most important meal of the day.
Indeed, Islamic faith is spread internationally, filled with diverse cultures, customs and perspectives. In a similar way, the traditions and conceptions around the first intake of food in the day are diverse among the Muslim communities across the globe.
In Nigeria for example, a frequent choice among the locals is something called Kosai. These are essentially bean fritters made from black-eyed peas (for maximum Satisfaction), habitually seasoned with onions and various peppers. Diverse pancakes are also commonplace at the table among which, banana pancakes are a must-do for Nigerians.
In the North-African reaches of Morocco, the indigenous population prefer to start of their day with baked goods such as Baghrir (type of pancake), Khobs or Msemen (Moroccan flat breads), accompanied by an assortment of butter, honey and jams.
Shifting over to South Asia, our brothers from Pakistan like to enjoy their breakfast with a gallimaufry of seasonal fruit, tea or lassi and off course, the trademark Halwa Puri (or Poori). This dish, originating in the Indian sub-continent, is a fluffy fried bread which consists of dough made with flour, water, salt, and oil. It’s most luscious with halwa, a sweet dense confection created in the middle-east!
Over in Oceania, our Indonesian friends usually prefer a more heavy breakfast. It often consists of an actual meal instead of a buffet. For example, a widespread classic is Nasi Uduk, a dish composed of white rice cooked in coconut milk, usually with nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, lemongrass and bay leaves. The rest of the ingredients are added depending on the region, but often include a fried egg with an addition of some appetising fried tofu and sliced cucumbers.
Heading towards the middle-east, many Saudi-Arabians of the region are used to eating breakfast sitting on carpets instead of chairs. They preferentially begin with a cup of coffee from Arabian beans (or tea depending on the family) accompanied by sweet dates. This is followed by food presented in varied plates of soft cheese, halwa, dahl and jams to spread on hot bread which can range from local to something resembling a nan. A variation of fried eggs called Shakshukah is also quite a staple of the local cuisine.
In our beautiful global Ummah, Muslims around the world certainly enjoy manifold delicious meals for the start of the day. What remains most important is to have the ability to share these moments with our family, as family is one of the greatest gifts bestowed upon us by Allah. Sharing diverse international food with our parents and siblings will simultaneously bring us closer to the culture of other muslims, to our family and most importantly – to Allah.