BITE-SIZE IFTAR FOR PINT-SIZE FASTERS

Your lit­tle ones will not only en­joy help­ing make these dishes – they’ll love eat­ing them, too

Friday - - Food - PHOTOS BY ANAS THACHARPADIKKAL

When I was a lit­tle girl grow­ing up in the UK, I re­mem­ber fast­ing for the very first time at the age of six. Not one to do things by halves, my de­ci­sion co­in­cided with the height of sum­mer, when the fasts are long and it’s ex­tremely dif­fi­cult for any­one who has never done it be­fore, let alone a child. How­ever, noth­ing made me hap­pier than feel­ing the true essence of Ra­madan along­side my fam­ily and be­ing a part of it. Since hav­ing chil­dren of my own, they have also fol­lowed tradition and all started fast­ing at around the same age, even though they have never been forced to.

I’m a big ad­vo­cate of chil­dren try­ing new things and ex­otic flavours but I find that a more sim­plis­tic ap­proach is key dur­ing this sea­son. Fa­mil­iar foods and com­fort­ing flavours are a recipe for suc­cess and given the min­i­mum fuss ap­proach, all the fol­low­ing dishes are quick and easy to pre­pare. Check out this win­ning menu that will light up their lit­tle faces and make them feel truly re­warded for all their ef­fort!

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