Hello everyone! This is Ayesha from My Big Fat Halal Blog. I write halal restaurant reviews and the occasional recipe too. Ramadan is here and I thought it would be a great idea to share some of my favourite Ramadan recipes! Be sure to try them out and let me know if you do.

I think we can all agree that we often treat Iftar as a feast and end up being so full that we don’t have much space left when Suhoor time arrives. In an ideal world, it would be best to eat lightly when we break our fast and eat more before we begin our fast. Think of Suhoor as “breakfast” and make it the most important meal of the day. It needs to be wholesome, nutritious and certainly filling. Here are 3 recipe ideas that fit those requirements to try out for Suhoor this Ramadan.

OATS – ADD YOUR OWN TOPPINGS!

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup milk

1 cup water

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Toppings of your choice

 

Method:

Step 1.    Combine oats, water and milk in a pot over medium – low heat.

Step 2.    Bring to simmer and stir frequently until oats soften and liquid thickens.

Step 3.    Add the maple syrup and stir.

Step 4.    Serve in bowl and top with anything you like (fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts are great options).

 

SHAKSHUKA – serves 4

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 medium brown or white onion, peeled and diced

1 clove garlic chopped/ 1 tbsp garlic paste

1 green or red pepper, chopped

1 tin chopped tomatoes (400g)

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

Pinch of cayenne pepper

4 eggs

Fresh chopped parsley to garnish (optional)

 

Method:

Step 1.    Start by heating a large skillet on medium and slowly add olive oil.

Step 2.    Add the chopped onions and sauté for a few minutes.

Step 3.    Add the garlic and sauté till mixture is fragrant.

Step 4.    Add the chopped pepper and sauté for around 5 minutes until softened.

Step 5.    Next, stir in the chopped tomatoes and spices for around 7 minutes until the mixture begins to reduce.

Step 6.    Crack each egg directly on to the tomato mixture and space them evenly.

Step 7.    Cover the pan until the eggs are cooked. This will take around 10 minutes.

Step 8.    Finally, garnish with chopped parsley and serve with bread.

 

Notes

·      You can play around with this recipe by adding more vegetables in the sauce or more spices!

 

DATE AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

1 banana

5 medjool dates pitted

1 glass of milk (you could mix it with water to make it less creamy)

2 teaspoons of cocoa powder

½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

 

Method:

Step 1.    Simply add all ingredients to a blender, and blend away until smooth and creamy!

 

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