Boeber is a dish best served hot and it’s traditionally served on the 15th night of Ramadaan, which is today.
The Cape Malay sweet drink, pronounced boo-ber, is made with milk, sugar, cardamom, stick cinnamon and rose water.
Boeber is usually served on the 15th night to mark the middle of the fast, but it is quite common for families to enjoy it before then.
In Cape Town this day is known as “boeber aand” or “op die berg”, however Muslims across the country celebrate the night.
It’s common for Muslim people to break their fast by eating a date or samoosa, or a small portion of food.
Boeber is usually the most indulgent sweet treat Muslims would have during the holy month.
However, the boeber is not just limited to Ramadaan and there are other alternative milky treats to enjoy on Thursday and the next 15 days to follow.
Shanaaz Parker, author of Fusion, Flavours and many other cookbooks says the milky dishes also represents purity during this significant time.
Parker says: “let’s celebrate the coming 15th day of Ramadaan with purity.”
“Milk, a pale liquid that holds so much nourishment and pureness. It is used for so many different products however the blessed part of milk is that it is the first food that babies consume.”