Ramadan is just around the corner. I have started my preparation. The reason being I want to be organized this year and spend maximum of my time in ibadat. These last two years life has been a chaos and I was just going with the flow. Though things were not under my control but it effected the responsibilities I have undertook for this pious month.
To manage properly I have made a list of things that has to be done before Ramadan. It starts with shifting my office base to my home. Believe me it is quite laborious. Though maximum things are on my laptop but there are things left out and the confusion of its being at home or office. And then the search. But again it’s my fault, I have a habit of forgetting things. Midlife crisis?. So we were on the list. The second most important thing is making Ramadan goodies bag. Well I will disclose this as we come nearer the date. Next comes the grocery shopping. Another list to prepare for thirty days. And lastly making frozen stuff and masalas for at least 15 days of Ramadan. We like to eat freshly made food but now this is a necessity.
Usually I start my preparation with a large batch of imli & khajoor ki chutney. This is for the whole year. I make it before Ramadan and this chutney is used up to the initial days of next Ramadan. It is very easy to store in fridge and comes in handy when your family is into eating chat pata stuff on a regular basis. And it’s a delicious gift to give when you pour it in a pretty bottle.
A little preparation is needed to prepare Imli Khajoor ki chutney. Imli is soaked with water for maximum four hours. Then it is strained taking out maximum pulp and removing the seeds. Now we need to chop the dates. I have used khedri dates. To spice up this chutney, red chilly is added and to make it more flavorful I have added chat masala. I have tried various brands of chat masala. But Badshah chat masala works best for this chutney. If you don’t get it than it’s fine. You only need to change a bit of proportion while adding to the chutney.