“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness” (Q 2:183)
Ramadan Mubarak. I still remember my first Ramadan after marriage and it was for the very first time I was celebrating Ramadan miles and miles away from my mom. When my husband said we will go on for grocery shopping in the evening for the coming fasting days…I was totally blank as I never paid much attention to what are served on iftar/seher table till then. Scribbling few items on my phone note which I thought will be useful for cooking I left for shopping. Once I entered the grocery store, my eyes fell on tall, slender and beautiful bottle of Roohafza. I ran to the counter and picked two bottles at a time. My husband still teases me for that act. Seeing Roohafza at store, bought many fond memories of Ramadan at mom’s place and summers spent at nanima’s (grandmom) place back home.
Iftar & Rooh Afza
Probably seeing a bottle of Roohafza at my iftar table still makes me feel I am not away from my mom. Though over the years many eating habits have changed…people have cut down fried foods, added more fresh juices, cut fruit pieces, healthy salads, snacks and soups in their iftar menu…one thing which still remain the same at my place and I think in most of the houses is Roohafza. As my grand mom use to say…this herbal concoction is made with natural cooling ingredients which helps in refreshing and rejuvenating the body in no time during summers, the sweet taste of the drink boots the sugar levels and aromatic rose flavour will lift your senses when you are fasting for more than 15 hours during Ramadan.
Apart from drinking Roohafza by adding few spoons to chilled glass of water, this is also used as topping in falooda (an ice cream dessert) and as a main flavouring ingredient in Rose Milkshake, Roohafza Iced Tea, Rose Lassi (Buttermilk), Roohafza Lemonade, Rose Flavoured Macrons, Rose Pudding, etc. Though I keep on trying new recipes with Roohafza, my favourite one is Roohafza Lemonade Fizz with Mint and Basil Seeds and here is the recipe…
Roohafza Lemonade Fizz
- 4 tbsp. Roohafza
- 3 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 150 ml chilled Sparkling water
- 4 fresh Mint leaves and few for garnish
- 1 tbsp. Basil seeds, soaked in water for 30 minutes
- 10-12 Ice cubes
- 1 tbsp. Rose petals, for garnish (optional)
How to make Roohafza Lemonade Fizz
- In a pitcher combine roohafza, lemon juice, mint leaves and sparkling water.
- Add ice cubes to serving glasses and pour in above made roohafza lemonade fizz.
- Garnish with basil seeds, rose petals and fresh mint leaves. Serve chilled.
- Add love to make this Roohafza Lemonade Fizz taste ‘Yummy’.
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