Khoshaf, the classic middle eastern Fruit compote, is a staple dessert in Ramadan.
For those who are reading now and don’t know much about Ramadan, I will tell you a little about it.
‘Ramadan’ is a spiritual month of fasting (Sawm) for muslims, billions of muslims observe it every year. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
In Ramadan we basically have 2 main meals a day, the first before dawn (Suhour) and the second at sun set (Iftar), in between we don’t eat or drink, and YES not even water! It’s not the easiest thing, especially on the first couple of days when you miss out on your morning coffee or tea and you start getting these mild headaches. But surprisingly, your body adapts to it gradually and by the end of the first week you start feeling light and overall great!
This month starting probably tomorrow, is designed to be an amazing body and soul cleansing program, which I cannot wait to start! During this month, fasting people are “supposed” to be eating light nutritious meals to give their bodies a chance to cleanse and gradually quit bad habits like smoking, for example.
Unfortunately not everyone is doing it the right way though. The worst thing to do to your body after a long day of fasting, is to shock it with massive amounts of fatty and sugary food when you break your fast, because this causes the body to stress and store fat rather than lose the extra kilos. Plus, you completely miss the whole point of fasting which is self-control!
So, control yourselves people!!
Anyway, let me tell you more about this classic fruit compote ‘khoshaf’ dish, which is a great favourite through out the whole middle eastern region.
This one is usually served as a dessert after breaking the fast, or some people have it as their first meal early in the morning, which is also great because it is high in calories and can provide the body with some energy during the day.
Every region across the middle east and north africa has its own combination of fruit and nuts, and the syrup can be flavoured with rose water or lemon juice instead of orange blossoms which I used in this recipe, so feel free to add or subtract according to your taste.
Goji berries don’t exist in the original recipes of this dish, it’s usually sultanas.
But I’ve substituted the classic sultanas with these for their amazing nutritional benefits.
I have also used orange blossom water, which you should be able to find in your local supermarket or in any middle eastern grocery shop.
Simply mix all ingredients in a deep bowl
Add water and cover ..
leave in fridge to soak for 24- 48 hours ..
Traditionally served with cream or rice pudding ..
I served it with fresh creamy yogurt !!
- 1.5 cups of dried organic apricots
- 1 1/4 cups of dried organic prunes
- 1 cup of dried organic figs
- Half a cup of dried organic apples
- 1 cup of blanched natural almonds
- handful of natural pine nuts
- handful of organic Goji berries( found in health food stores)
- 2 tablespoons of organic good quality honey, or dates syrup
- 2 tablespoons of orange blossom water
- fresh creamy yogurt to serve.
- Put the dried fruit and nuts into a deep bowl and cover completely with tap water.
- Add the orange blossom water and honey.
- Gently stir to mix honey with water.
- Cover and place in the fridge to soak for up to 48 hours.
- The liquid will turn syrupy and golden.
- Served traditionally with cream, ice-cream or rice pudding but for a healthier option serve with creamy yogurt.