Ramadan recipes you want to try for good foods that can satisfy hunger and appetite. So you can focus on doing ibadah.
Ramadan is fast approaching. For muslims, it is a holy month when one wants to focus on doing ibadah. Yet, having good food that not only can satisfy hunger and appetite, but also be easy to make is something many of muslims want to achieve.
Here, you can find delicious food recipes from different parts of the world that you can try during the holy month.
These Ramadan recipes are to give you more ideas of what to make and prepare for your suhoor/ sehri/ breakfast, and iftaar/ iftar/ breaking the fast.
I compile the recipes with the flavor, taste and ease of cooking in mind. Because I want you to enjoy your Suhoor/ Sehri and Iftaar/ Iftar without too much time and hassle in making the food. In shaa Allah.
Let me know which one you enjoy the most.
Suhoor/ Sehri/ Breakfast
Muhammad PBUH said,”eat suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1923; Muslim, 1095). So needless to say we should not skip suhoor/ sehri.
But many of us find it difficult to eat breakfast first thing before dawn.
When I was living in Indonesia, I used to have proper meals for sehri. Like having the rice and all sorts of side dishes. Here in the UK, I find it difficult to eat big meals that early. Especially when Ramadan was in summertime.
Because in summertime the night is very short that the sehri time comes literally a few hours after iftar.
So I had to carefully choose what I have for my suhoor. I don’t want to miss the blessing of sehri, and I don’t want to risk my body struggling to fast long hours (about 18 hours on the longest days of summer). But I don’t want to feel sluggish because overeating or heavy meal choices for sehri.
Therefore, I decided that having healthy smoothies, soups, or light meals would be best. Because these kinds of food will be packed with nutrition but feel light in the tummy. So they’re the best food choices for suhoor/ sehri, in my opinion.
Quick Healthy Smoothies for Sehri/ Suhoor
I only compiled six smoothie recipes below for you to try. You can always substitute the fruits and ingredients to your liking and make your smoothie more interesting for you.
My top tip is try making the smoothie last minute before you go to bed. So they’ll be ready for you to enjoy when you get up for suhoor. All you do is take the smoothie out of the fridge and get on with your main suhoor. By the time you finish your light breakfast, your smoothie will be at the right temperature to drink. Unless you prefer it cold.
Cherry Smoothie Recipe With Yogurt And Without Banana
This cherry smoothie with yoghurt and without banana tastes deliciously creamy. A refreshingly nutritious drink for breakfast or any time of the day.
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Just like the basic rule for breakfast, you’ll want light but filling food for your sehri as well. The kind of food that is also delicious and nourish.
I often have egg on a piece of toast with a glass of smoothie for my suhoor. But other times I like to give myself a bit of a treat by having something more exotic and yummy.
The following are some foods that you may want to try for your sehri. Some of them you can actually enjoy as starters for iftar and save some for suhoor/ sehri.
Khaman dhokla is a steamed savoury cake made of gram flour/ chickpea flour and is flavoured with spicy and lemony oil. It is a traditional Gujarati dish that is now popular among Pakistani and Indian cuisines.
Kitchari mung beans (also called kichadi/ khichdi or kitchery) is thick rice porridge/ congee cooked with legumes and whole spices. It tastes like soft overcooked rice that has spice aroma and the rich taste of mung beans.
Kadhi pakora is mouth-watering dumplings that will satisfy your savoury cravings for comfort and delicacy. The dumplings that are made of pakoras are deliciously married with a spicy and creamy yoghurt sauce.
The following food recipes are only some ideas of what you can make for Iftar. Although I list them down according to their categories i.e. sweets and desserts, appetizers/ starters, drinks and main meals, it doesn’t mean we should have them all at one time.
You may just need sweets and main meals. Or, perhaps only starters and main meals. So whatever choices you make, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your Iftar. In shaa Allah.
Sweets and Desserts for Iftar
After long hours of fasting, most of us will crave for something sweet at Iftar time. Below are some sweet and desserts recipe ideas to have in Ramadan.
Kolak Biji Salak – Indonesian Sweet Potato balls
Kolak Biji Salak is Indonesian sweet potato balls in brown sugar syrup and creamy coconut milk. They are slightly chewy and often enjoyed as an afternoon snack.
Klepon is sweet snacks and dessert from Indonesia that are made of glutinous rice flour with brown sugar filling and are coated with coconuts. The soft and chewy balls are lovely to enjoy with your afternoon cuppa.
Indonesian sweetcorn fritters (Perkedel Jagung) can be one of the yummy snacks to make in the summertime — when sweetcorn becomes abundant. Try this recipe, I promise everyone in your family will love it.
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Last but not least, I have curated some delicious main meal ideas for your Ramadan recipes. Admittedly, not all of the recipes offer a quick-cooking process that only takes half an hour to do. But they all offer flavour and comfort that we often want when we have iftar. Some tasty food that can be enjoyed together with our loved ones. So enjoy.
Vegetable Pilau Rice
Vegetable pilau rice is a one-pot rice dish that not only is easy to make, but it is also tasty and versatile. You can pair the rice with delicious curries, or just have it as is.
Ayam Suwir Bumbu Bali is aromatic and spicy shredded chicken from Bali, Indonesia. This recipe will help you make this chicken dish from scratch so that you can adjust the chilli heat to feed all your loved ones.
Aloo Gosht – the meat and potato curry in Pakistani style – is the one you'll want for comfort food. It's delicious with plain Basmati rice and equally tasty to have with naan bread or chapati. Whichever you choose, it's a perfect dish for your curry night.
Lamb Kofta Curry is simply delicious to have with naan bread, roti/ chapati, pitta bread or flatbread. It's tasty to eat it with rice too. And you feel adventurous, you can enjoy this meatballs curry with spaghetti. Yumm.
Tongseng is braised lamb cooked in coconut milk with sweet soy sauce. This comforting dish is originally from Central Java, Indonesia. It tastes sweet-savoury with spicy coconut milk that will spoil your tastebud.
This Chana Aloo Curry recipe is easy to make but helps you make a flavourful chickpea curry with potatoes. Rooted in Pakistani style of cooking, this curry dish uses a special ingredient which is tamarind.