By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Muslim chaplain & qualified nutritionist
This 7 dates recipe will take you away somewhere far from the city , even just for the time you are eating it. I have been picking up and adapting recipes all my life Alhamdulillah and this big breakfast brunch recipe is something I learnt in my pre -Islam days from a respectful Egyptian brother mashallah. Fascinated as I watched him chop the dates into sizzling butter, then add eggs and scramble. We always add some type of milk to the eggs and over the years salt and black pepper has been replaced by cinnamon and black pepper.
You don’t need a recipe for this…..or do you?
7 dates, eat 2 while you are making it
2 eggs free range at least
75 ml milk approx.
10 ml of butter or olive oil, not margarine
1 level tea spoon black pepper
1 level tea spoon of cinnamon powder
1 pinch of seasalt
- melt butter in small frying pan
- add chopped and stones dates
- sauté, lightly fry dates for a couple of minutes
- Break eggs into mug and stir, add milk to eggs and stir.
- add pepper and cinnamon to eggs, then add to sizzling dates
- Meanwhile toast your wholemeal pitta and reheat the chai.
- stir eggs and dates but not too much as you don’t want a messy mash
- Serve with a few walnuts, good for the brain and a few gogi berries, a dollop of raspberry jam and nice cup of chai!
In Islamic Medicine the significance of the date palm as a source of nutrition and sustenance is evident in the statement narrated by Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): “The Prophet said there is a tree among the trees which is similar to a Muslim (in goodness), and that is the date palm tree.” (Bukhari)
In another Hadith, the Prophet stressed the importance of dates as a major food item, saying, “People in a house without dates are in a state of hunger.” (Muslim)