RAMADAN has almost come to an end and I have not yet posted a recipe particularly for Iftari. But yes, my blog is a beverage blog so most of the recipes posted here can be consumed for Iftar. The recipe that I’m going to post today can be a prefect choice for Iftari because of presence of dates in the recipe. JALLAB is basically a Mediterranean summer drink mostly consumed in the Middle East. Ramadan usually falls during summers so this recipe is a must for all those who observe Roza. After a long day of fast, this drink proves to be a refreshing and energizing drink for Iftar. It is made up of dates, raisins, grape molasses, rose water etc.
Usually in the Middle East, Jallab syrup is easily available in stores. It is made up of mainly grape molasses and artificial coloring, then smoked with Arabic incense. Also pine nuts are essential in the recipe but it is not very common in my location(though I had a few left to garnish).
This drink is also popular in countries like Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. The JALLAB recipe that I am going to share today is the Lebanese version which have dates and raisin flavour in them and is easier to prepare than the Middle Eastern version because the ingredients are easily available here. The colour of the Jallab which I make differs from the usual Jallab, that is because I do not add artificial coloring in my recipe.
- Dates(seedless) - ½ cup
- Ice cold water - ¼ lt (250 ml) + ½ lt (500 ml)
- Raisins - ¼ cup + few to garnish
- Caramel syrup/ sauce - 3 tbsp
- Rose water - 1 tbsp
- Ice cubes - as required
- Pine nuts - 10-20 gm (to garnish)
- In a food processor, add dates, raisins, 250 ml ice cold water and blend until a smooth paste is formed.
- Then add the caramel syrup, rose water, remaining 500 ml ice cold water and blend again.
- Now pass the mixture through a sieve, and collect the remaining liquid.
- Fill the glasses with ice cubes as required and then pour out the drink in glasses.
- Garnish with pine nuts, raisins and serve chilled.