Greetings everyone! I have been pretty caught up for the past few weeks, thus the lack of posts on the blog. Nevertheless, I am excited to be sharing new recipes that would ease your preparations during Ramadan, InsyaAllah! As I am typing this, we would be ushering Ramadan in 2 days.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims worldwide would engage in fasting from dawn to sunset. Coming from a multi-racial community, almost everyone in Singapore knows that it is an important month for us Muslims. I remember back in school, I would have classmates who would try their best not to eat in my presence out of respect. Although it was not needed, I appreciated their gestures.
Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?
1. To strengthen one’s faith.
2. Experiencing how the less fortunate are feeling as we restrain from food and drink for over 12 hours. It also helps us to understand the plight of those who lack life’s basic amenities.
3. Fasting is believed to purify the heart of selfishness and greed. I kinda feel that Ramadan is a “detox” month for us Muslims. Not just to detox our bodies, but also our hearts and thoughts.
Definitely beneficial be it for our soul or health.
With Ramadan just around the corner, a lot of us are already making plans for suhoor and iftar meals, just to ease the process as we do not really want to crack our brains as to what we should cook daily; given that we have more important things to do. I have compiled some of my favorite recipes that would be useful in your meal preparations for Ramadan. Some are savory, others are sweet, but all are sure to satisfy.
Ayam Masak Lemak Cili Padi
A favorite with many, this dish is delicious and totally versatile. You can switch the chicken to fish or even prawns. A forever classic dish.
Thai Steamed Fish Recipe
If you are looking for something healthy that does not require much elbow grease, you have to give this recipe a try. It is one of my favorite Thai dishes. Super easy to prepare. Yes, I am all for recipes that allow me to spend less time in the kitchen, especially during Ramadan.
Delicious Fried Laksa
Laksa is popular but it does involves quite an amount of work. This simplified fried version is delicious and it would satisfy your cravings in a fraction of the time. Less is always better during Ramadan so that we can dedicate our time to other things that are far more important.
Cha Bang Ang
The weather has started to get hot again and a cold drink is always a need when we break our fast. Our family is obsessed with this drink/dessert. It is so delicious and refreshing, especially after a day of fasting. Sometimes you just need something cold and sweet to hit the spot.
Chinese Dry Chilli Chicken
I have made these for over 10 years now and this is still a hot favorite among my family members. Totally adaptable; if you have a low tolerance level for spice, just decrease the dried chilies or totally omit it.
Bubur Suji (Semolina Kheer)
A very popular dessert especially during Ramadan, this can be found at a lot of shops/bazaars. Do try your hand at making these as they are really simple to make and require very few ingredients. While you are at it, pass a bowl to your neighbors who are fasting too. Sharing is caring after all.
Ayam Berlado Hijau – Chicken in Green Chili Sambal
One of my favorite Indonesian dish. This berlado goes well on top of fried fish too. In fact, fry some sunny side up and top it with some of this green sambal, grab a plate of rice and you are ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
Korean Strawberry Milk Recipe
This is literally the perfect drink during Ramadan. No artificial flavorings are involved! Perfect to be enjoyed during Suhoor and Iftar as you get to sneak in some vitamins and fiber to your meals.
This is definitely one of my favorite comfort food, especially during Ramadan. It is delicious and hearty. No wonder that this dish has won the hearts of many generations for a long time now.
Easy Butter Prawn Recipe
Succulent prawns in a buttery, garlicky, and creamy sauce that is super simple but SO good. It makes a great cook-ahead and is perfect for meal prep too. Oh did I mention that this dish can be done in a jiffy? Less than 30 minutes to be precise!
Phat Phet Gai – Spicy Thai Chicken
This is a very flavourful dish. It is a surprisingly easy, comfort food that we can get behind any day of the week. It keeps well, making it perfect for meal prep too.
Noodles are a super easy comfort food! This recipe gets done in like 30 minutes, from start to finish. With minimal efforts and time required, what not to love about it, especially on days when you do not have the mojo to cook much; be it due to work or you are tired from fasting.
Daging Masak Hitam
With the usage of some beautiful spices such as shallots, ginger, lemongrass, chili, coriander, cumin, fenugreek…etc, it is impossible for this dish not to be big in flavor. I love that there is a marriage of sweetness, spice, and a little tang in every mouthful. This dish also keeps well. You can just cook a big batch of these and store them in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for the whole month!
A favourite during Ramadan, kacang pool is really easy to make and it’s a good dish to prepare if you need to feed a crowd!
Vermicelli Kheer – Semiya Payasam
I am not sure about you but I often crave for something sweet during Iftar. This vermicelli kheer is a perfect dessert cause it can be eaten both hot and cold. I would have it warm during Iftar and cold during suhoor. Major love!
I hope you do give these 15 Delicious Ramadan Recipes a try and I sure hope that these recipes ease your iftar preparations. To all my Muslim readers, Happy Ramadan to you and your family. May Allah accept our prayers and fasts, and may the blessings of the month of Ramadan bring us health, joy and harmony.