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A different Iftar for health conscious Bohras

Ramzan, for a foodie, is synonymous with malpua, kebabs and different preparations of meat. But this year, majority in Dawoodi Bohra community are retraining to stay fit. Aarefa Johari reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 12, 2009 00:56 IST
Aarefa Johari

Ramzan, for a foodie, is synonymous with malpua, kebabs and different preparations of meat. But this year, majority in Dawoodi Bohra community are retraining to stay fit.

“Earlier, I used to chalk out a 30-day menu of the fried dishes I would cook in Ramzan,” said Munira Lakdawala, a housewife. But this year, for most Bohra women, the days of carrying tiffins of cutlets to share with masjid friends are gone.

“We are now only allowed an Iftar of tea, dates and biscuits,” said Lakdawala, a regular visitor at the mosque.
“First we would feast instead of praying, but now dinner is served after a 90-minute gap.”

Last year doctors of Saifee Hospital in Charni Road found high rate of obesity and blood pressure problems among Bohras.

The community’s spiritual head, Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, then initiated a health-education drive and panel of doctors and Bohra caterers held video seminars in the mosques.

“We avoid using fried food, artificial colours,” said Abdeali Dilawer of Al-Taam caterer, who is part of the panel.
“The use of oil has decreased,” said Rukaiya Noorani, a housewife, who has been conscious about eating healthy food.

Many have even changed their meal-timings. “I changed my habits after seeing the presentation in the mosque, and lost nearly eight kg in last six months,” said Lakdawala.