One of the common complaints in Ramadan is that of acidity. In most parts of the world, the fasts are going to be ranging from 15-18 hours (even more). To combat this, I recommend a drink Nabeez. I have been making it since last Ramadan. I’m reposting so that others who suffer from acidity may benefit. The write up below gives details, and the history about Nabeez.
Historical significance and health benefits
Nabeez’ (Nabidh) was one of the drinks consumed by the Holy Prophet (sa). In his time, it was typically made with dates or raisins and water.
It is an alkalizing tonic, having the tendency to remove acidity from the stomach and digestive system; and it also helps to remove other metabolic wastes from the body. It improves digestion- as it’s high in soluble fibre, and it strengthens the memory. It assists the spleen function, liver, throat, chest and prostate, and so is particularly good for men. Nabeez will also benefit patients of Arthritis and elevated levels of Uric Acid (gout).
How to prepare Nabeez?
Making Nabeez is just as simple as soaking the dates (or raisins/sultanas) overnight, and drinking the water in which they were soaked in the morning.
The idea behind soaking dates or raisins in water is so that they sweeten the water, and become softened. Softened dates/raisins release their vitamins and minerals more easily and are easier to digest.
‘Ajwa’ (a variety of date) are the best variety to use if making Nabeez with stone less dates and ‘Manaqqa’ is the best variety of raisins for making it with raisins, but black raisins can also be used. These colours were not created without reason- so it is always preferable to keep changing our diets with new colours, and trying new varieties.
At night, soak around 100 grams of dates or raisins in one litre of drinkable / healthy water, and keep the utensil covered with a plate. Ensure the water is kept cool.
Sip it all!
Next morning, you can drink the water, and eat the soaked fruit- as this was the traditional method; or just use your blender (water + soaked fruit) to obtain a beautiful cloudy Nabeez.
And if, you soak the fruit in morning, drink it in the evening. Nabeez should be consumed within 12 hours of soaking time, but if it is kept air tight inside the refrigerator, it will not spoil for two to three days.
Nabeez must never be left for more than two to three days, otherwise it may start to ferment, which is the start of the alcohol brewing process. This is forbidden to consume.
Never mix raisins and dates together; their Nabeez should be made separately.