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The holy month of Ramadan is here, a time where communities come together to celebrate, focus on good deeds and practice self-reflection. But it’s also a time of generosity: there are so many opportunities to teach your daughter to be more giving, like donating to charity, being more generous with her time or inviting loved ones to a delicious homemade meal at iftar. And nothing says family time like a dining table surrounded by laughter, decorated with hearty soups, exquisite mains and mouthwatering desserts.
Involving your daughter in iftar prep is a great way to make her feel like a valuable member of your family, boost her confidence and instill a sense of pride in her culture. So let her set the table for once or make a tasty appetizer with you to encourage these positive values!

Appetizers keep everyone happy as they wait for the main meal, and sambousas are a classic: savory fried pastries stuffed with ground meat or vegetables. They’re often spicy, but you can adjust the spice in the filling according to your preferences. Making them is straightforward, too. The recipe does involve heat, but your daughter will have fun folding the sambousas while you prepare the fillings and take care of the frying.

Ingredients: (makes 25 sambousas)
500g lean ground beef or lamb
½ carrot, minced
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. tomato paste
½ onion, minced
1 chili pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tbsp. cumin
A pinch of salt to taste
1 package samosa/egg roll wrappers
1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups of vegetable oil
1 tbsp. water

1. Cook ground beef or lamb in a large frying pan until browned, then remove from frying pan.

2. Sauté onions, garlic, carrot and green onion until tender.

3. Add the tomato paste and salt, then stir in the browned meat.

4. Combine flour and 1 cup of water in a bowl to form a watery paste. Set aside as the paste is used to seal the wrapper.

5. Take a teaspoon of the meat mixture and place in the center of the wrapper for a filling. Fold into the shape of a cone. Use the flour and water paste to seal the edges of the sambousa.

6. Heat some oil in a skillet and fry the triangle shape until golden and crisp.

For dessert, how about some chocolate-dipped dates stuffed with almonds to curb the post-iftar cravings? Simply melt the chocolate, cut the dates in half and fill them with your stuffing of choice —dried fruit, nuts or shredded coconut—then dip the dates in the chocolate and serve. Try not to eat them all at once!

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