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Why I plan to go Raw this Ramadan

Ramadan Mubarak everyone,

It’s that time of the month where we fast from dawn to dusk. It may not sound like an exciting occasion, however, it remains to be one of the most awaited spiritual celebrations of abstaining from food, water and erm, other things! The social pleasure of Ramadan comes from the focus of spending much needed time with the family and visiting or inviting friends over for iftar. Generally, a buffet to feast on. Every single day.

For me, the lavish feasts somehow defeats the purpose of spirituality and minimalism. Yes, I am complaining about more food. The fact that people tend to get psychologically tricked into cooking gazillion things and stuffing themselves like no tomorrow, is very disturbing. Every year, we hear of sickeningly horrid cases of people getting rushed to the hospital for overeating. Not cool!

Whilst I thankfully haven’t experienced that feeling, what I do know is that I want to tone it down a notch and experience food in its most natural and freshest form. I’m planning to go RAW!

This challenge will not only help me eat healthy, but also connect me with the purity of nature’s bounty. I don’t know how long I will last, but to make achievable, I think 6 raw days a week for the entire month will help me through it. You see, im kind of also commiting social life suicide, because in Ramadan, that’s when most gatherings take place. Over food. I mean, what better way than to surround yourself with yummy food and good company! Well, luckily for me, I have a bunch of friends who are in on this challenge. Two big shout outs to my friend Luciana Farah who motivated me to take the raw plunge, and my dearest Laurel Su, who is also going raw all the way from California, mostly for moral support. I am blessed.

So here’s Luciana’s recipe for Raw Lasagne (see video demo on my Instagram). It’s my second time, having it and Im addicted to the freshness of flavours you get from every layer. I promise you it’s delicious and you can have as many as you want it. The best thing about going Raw is eating till you’re full.

For the Raw Cheese                  For the Layers                    For the Salsa                   

Handful of walnuts                          Sliced Tomatoes                       1 large Tomato

2 Tbsp Pine Nuts                              Sliced Zuchinnis                      ½ Avocado

Few Basil Leaves                               Basil leaves                               ½ Garlic clove

2 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast                                                                      Cilantro

3 Tbsp Olive oil                                                                                      3 to 4 Sun Dried tomatoes

Salt and Pepper

To make:

Blend the Raw cheese ingredients and set aside

Blend the Salsa ingredients and set aside. You can keep the mixture slightly chuncky more for texture if you wish.

On a plate, add some salsa before layering so it sticks. Start with a sliced zuchini, spread of raw cheese, basil leaves, slice of Tomato, spread of Salsa and so on.

Drizzle some olive oil and black pepper flakes for garnish. Attack!

Happy Iftar