Skip to comments.Sobia Is Drink of Choice in Ramadan
Posted on 07/19/2014 12:38:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
I will really miss drinking sobia now that Ramadan is coming to an end.
This was the lament from Hassan Al-Amoudi, a local resident, here recently. It is the main drink at the dinner table during Ramadan at our house. I usually drink it as soon as I hear the call for prayer.
Al-Amoudi typically buys between four and five large bags of sobia for his family of eight, many of whom are addicted to the drink in Ramadan. Sobia has a lot of health benefits, he said.
"For example it helps relax and calm the nerves, and is considered one of the main traditions for many during this blessed month.
Khaled Al-Khodr, who has been selling sobia for more than 20 years, said he usually prepares it at home with the help of his wife and daughter right after Dhuhr prayer.
The drink is prepared inside large containers and sold starting after Asr prayer. On average, I usually sell between 100 and 150 bags a day, which can sometimes increase to 200 bags toward the end of Ramadan. He said one bag costs SR8, depending on the type.
Meanwhile, the municipality has cracked down on those preparing the drink without licenses. Inspectors from the municipality in Al-Jamaa Al-Fariya discovered people without work permits who had prepared 1,000 bags and 28 large barrels of the drink.
Hassan Ghoneim, head of the municipality, said: Inspectors found quantities that were clearly rotten, while the location itself did not comply with basic health and hygiene standards. The workers lacked personal hygiene and were working without any health or legal papers.
Ghoneim said officials closed the site and destroyed the quantities found. The inspectors would continue monitoring the site to ensure it is not reopened. They also recorded electricity meter numbers so that they could cut off power to the owners if they do not comply with health and other regulations.
The municipality called on residents to be cautious about confronting violators, and to immediately report any crimes by calling 940, or making online contact.
“..did not comply with basic health and hygiene standards..”
What is it? And what kinds of “bags” is it sold in? Is it a powder that you mix with water yourself? A bad doesn’t seem like the greatest packaging for a liquid.
1 whole wheat pita bread
12 cups water
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon oats
1. Cut bread into small pieces. In a large bowl add 6 cups of the water, oats, 3/4 cup of the sugar and bread, soak overnight.
2. Squeeze bread with hands, drain twice with a strainer. Add cardamom, cinnamon and then drain for a third time.
3. Add remaining water and sugar; stir well until sugar has dissolved. Pour into jugs and place into refrigerator.
“Sobia needed a special preparation to make it taste good. It needs ingredients including barley, brown bread, cinnamon, sugar, and cardamom. Brown bread and barley should be soaked in a large pot for a whole day with enough water to cover it. Then the mixture should be boiled, adding some cinnamon and cardamom and leave it soaked for another day, she said. After that, the mixture should be filtered, separating the water from the bread and adding sugar to it, she added.
The drink should be served cold and you can add ice as needed,”
Sounds to me you could just go out and drink the stuff that collects in the bottom of the garbage can and have the same thing.
“it helps relax and calm the nerves”
I-slam code-speak for “it whips our anger to a homicidal, fever pitch”.
I hope so.
I'm pretty sure they ain't chugging camel piss just for the taste.
Yum. I usually get there after someone hogged it all.
That sounds like Hooch, prisoners brew it up out of bread, raisins, sugar and water. I know a guy who used to work for Ohio DOC.
It looks like something that’s made in Michelle Obama’s shoes.
What a flavor it must have.
That sounds like Hooch
They make a “refreshing” drink out of bread and sugar? They are stupider than I thought. Having a beer or two during Rama-dama-ding-dong might raise their IQ a few points
This is not a beverage for drinking, this is a beverage for laying down and avoiding!
With those ingredients..........depending upon how long the mixture is “aged”, there could be an explanation about its “relaxing” ingredients. ? ?
Funny, I didn’t know that camel piss came in different colors.
This stuff sounds like kind of shine where drinking buddies take turns holding a gun on one another.
IT’S BACON APPRECIATION MONTH ! ! !
Oh, wow, man! Did you ever snort it? Rad!!! I got three tats and a nose ring after.
I didnt know that camel piss came in different colors....Hell yes. Give them figs, grapes or honey and you get a rainbow of colors. Where the hell you been getting your propaganda from? Obama?
For Ramadan, I drink Budweiser and chew qat.
Which way is Mecca again?
For Ramadan, I’m drinking Sam Houstons Straight American Whiskey untill I forget about Mecca.
Stay thirsty my friends.
I love new recipes, so I had to look-however-not only does the combination of ingredients sound pretty awful, but I’ll hazard a guess that what is so appealing about the stuff is that it at least partially ferments to give the drinker a cheap buzz...
I’ll stick with homemade beer and wine, thanks...
If I have to brew the drink, I’ll brew beer soda or coffee.
You forgot the 4 fl. oz. of virgin camel piss.
I guess if you were fasting all day, it wouldn’t take much.
They`re brewing up Hooch, that`s why they like it. They are too stupid to know they`re getting buzzed!
Just add yeast and hops
Do you think your friend saw distilleries bit didn’t report them?
That sounds like Hooch, prisoners brew it up out of bread, raisins, sugar and water.
Raisin Jack. Was on USN carrier in early ‘60s and it was commonly brewed aboard ship in various departments.
How does it taste? Can`t be good, I mean that`s close to garbage brew, YUK!
Most of us were 18-21 y/o, so we got past the taste just to get the buzz!
You got a point, I drank MD 20/20 and Night Train as an older teen. Now that’s nasty stuff!
Yuck. Glad I’m not in jail.