Once Ramzan month has started there a huge flood of memories for me from the Malabar region. Growing up, Iftar invite was very special. Added to that I was the only vegetarian perhaps on the invite. This often is quite nice coz I really like the spread prepared for me. It made me feel so special. Tharikanji, Pathiri with veggie stew, pazham vatiyathu, unnakaya.. And so many many more. To polish it all of there was ice cold “vattakka juice” (watermelon juice) .
I really cannot imagine an Iftar without dates and watermelon. Though a simple juice the chunks of melon left in the juice brought a crunch and aided the slow eating process after a whole day of fasting. Yes there are days we too have tried to stay fasting too, in support of our dear friends who do fasting. These are the days when I really found solace with the watermelon sherbet.
How does watermelon help when you are fasting?
Watermelon is a fruit which is about 90 percent water and 10 percent of good fibre and minerals. It is a fruit highly recommended for detox. In fact there is even a watermelon detox diet which could be followed. Now being rich in water it is able to replenish the water content which the body needs which could have been lost during the fast in the tropical sun.
In addition watermelon has an amount of lycopene better than tomatoes. Lycopene is heart healthy and very useful in bone health.
Often fasting leads to mobilising the fats. This actually helps in stopping the accumulation of fat cells. The amino acid citrulline levels in watermelon are significant and these help in the reduction of fat cells.
Water melon also helps in muscular pain reduction and inflammation by blocking the enzyme cyclooxygenase. Pretty much like the action of some pain killers.
Now it’s time to get back to the watermelon sherbet. The small amount of fizz, a squeeze of lemon and a tiny amount of blended in basil make this simple punch taste so exotic. So let get on.. Do share in your favorite iftar spread.
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