We in­vite read­ers to share thoughts, anec­dotes, views or sto­ries on a par­tic­u­lar sub­ject. Last week we asked: What is your favourite dish at if­tar? Here are your replies.

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I start with dates and fresh juice, fol­lowed by chicken samosas, meat cut­lets, biryani and to fin­ish umm ali. Prom­ise Poulose

I don’t make a prom­ise to my­self that I will not eat this and that – in fact, I eat ev­ery­thing at if­tar. My most favourite foods are pako­ras, samosas, ha­rees, dif­fer­ent types of juices, sweet dishes – the list is just un­stop­pable. Wish­ing you all a very happy Ramzan Ka­reem. Faiza Fazal

Ra­madan’s ahead and first of all I would like to wish all read­ers a very happy Ra­madan. While think­ing about if­tar, my mum’s special puff comes to mind. It’s al­ways my favourite and I love to have one or two at the hun­gry mo­ment of if­tar. It’s a de­li­cious, crispy and crunchy snack that al­ways leaves a smile on my face. Me and my sib­lings al­ways fight for it. Hon­estly speak­ing, this yummy puff is an in­spi­ra­tion for me to fast in Ra­madan. Khadeeja Jashim

As an In­dian, my favourite if­tar snacks are home-made pako­ras, be they potato or onion, made by my mum, with a spicy mint chut­ney. They are de­li­cious. Some­times we have a mouth-wa­ter­ing fruit chaat or chicken cut­lets. Ev­ery In­dian if­tar ends or starts with sher­bet (rooh afza or le­mon­ade), which is a de­li­cious thirst-quencher. In In­dia, the if­tar has to be of so many va­ri­eties but we try to keep it sim­ple to not gain weight as Ra­madan is the month of health and bless­ings. Zo­bia Fa­tima

If­tar is eat­ing loads of cut­lets and samosas, and a lot of our tra­di­tional teatime snacks. We also stay away from biryani so when we have it fi­nally on Eid it is al­ways special. Lanzia Basheer

My favourite if­tar meal would usu­ally in­clude cheese samosas, falafel, hum­mus and some grilled mixed meat – fol­lowed by a late-night movie. We love to go out and en­joy au­then­tic Ara­bic tastes and aro­mas. Azmeen Wa­dia

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