Did you know that the banana is one of 6 fruits mentioned in the Quran?
“And (banana) tree is layered (with fruit)” [Surah Waqiah:29]
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Nothing is worse than a person who fills his stomach. It should be enough for the son of Adam to have a few bites to satisfy his hunger. If he wishes more, it should be: One-third for his food, one-third for his liquids and one-third for his breath.”
Here are some of the Prophet’s (SAW) favourite foods –
1) Dates – rich in fiber, vitamin B6, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
2) Figs – good for stomach ailments (iisues??) strengthen bones and contain antioxidants
3) Milk – full of calcium which helps make bones and teeth strong and improves memory
4) Meat – full of protein, iron ans zinc. helps improve the immune system
5) Grapes – good for the kidneys
6) Honey – a natural cure for most illnesses. The Prophet SAW used to drink a glass of water which was mixed with honey.
7) Olive oil – good for skin and hair
8) Barley – high nutrients value
9) Melon – has many vitamins and minerals and can help with stomach ailments, kidney ailments
10) Pumpkin – one of the Prophet SAW fav vegetable. Very beneficial for the lungs.
Alana’s Breakfast Muffins
Here is a lovely recipe for banana fritters. This a something my family makes, especially in Ramadan. You can also use apples instead of bananas.
3 cups of self raising flour.
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ghee
1 tablespoon yogurt
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
Enough water to mix the batter to a dropping consistency.
Mix the flour, sugar, ghee, yogurt and ground cardamom well in a deep bowl. Add the water gradually while mixing vigorously with your hand until the batter has reached dropping consistency . Dropping consistency means that a little of the mixture drops from the spoon by itself within five seconds when the spoon is tipped.
Add sliced banana to this batter. The fritters need to be deep fried so heat enough oil in a deep pan to a medium heat. Pick individual banana slices, making sure that they are completely covered in the batter and drop them into the hot oil. Don’t put in too many at the same time. Keep turning the batter balls as the cook so that they brown evenly. Once golden, remove and drain on some kitchen towel. These are lovely with a nice cuppa tea.
Healthy Eating Guide