Those out there who fast during the holy month of Ramadan know how cumbersome it is to manage the different meals of the day during this month. Since this month requires a certain shift in schedules from that of one’s everyday lives, it becomes slightly troublesome at times to adjust to the new routine. The hardest part is getting enough time and energy to prepare a healthy and fulfilling meal, be it either for the morning snack “Suhur/Sehri” or the “Iftar”, which is when one breaks the fast.
To make cooking easier, simpler and nourishing, I’ve collected some recipes and dishes which make for a tasty and satisfying meal. Plus there’s joy on the table when new dishes are spotted. And the best part is that these dishes hardly require any time to cook, which saves a lot of time; so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Let’s take a look at the different dishes. Writing down the recipe for each dish here would get quite sticky, so instead I’m providing the name of the dish with google links to check out the recipes.
1. Corn in a Cup:
Everyone just LOVES this. No one, absolutely no one can resist the sweet, buttery taste of this dish. All you need is to boil canned corn or fresh corn and then garnish them with salt, butter, mayo, spices, cream, etc. The microwave version can be done in less than five minutes. Since the corn is only boiled, it is quite healthy too.
5-Minute Microwaved Cup Corn Recipe
Another great twist to it is the slightly fried version:
Deconstructed Mexican Style Corn Recipe
2. Crispy Pakoras:
Extremely popular in India, this snack is just right for iftar. It requires cutting vegetables into thin slices, marinating them in spices and then frying them after coating them in ground-peas flour. My favorite is the palak pakora, onion pakora and the paneer pakora, though palak is the easiest.
Crispy golden aloo pakora recipe
Palak Pakora Recipe
Crunchy Paneer Pakora Recipe
Aside from being a mouth-smacking snack, it contains veges too.
These can be your simple bread rolls or the more complex vegetable rolls. Rolls require slightly more time than the other recipes mentioned here but are more satisfying and healthy. These are more suited to Suhur then for Iftar. Start with bread or tortillas and stuff them with fried vegetables or simply with salad. Add spices and seasoning. Finally top with sauces like ketchup, cream, mayo, cheese, etc. to get a finger licking treat.
Bread Potato Rolls Recipe
Sausage Roll Recipe
4. Fruit Chaat:
Simple and heavenly! And healthy too; the most distinctive feature is that the fruit chaat releases some water after some time which can be used as a healthy substitute for ketchup or other sauces to eat pakora, samosa, etc. with. Just mix fruits of your choice, add spices, sugar and lemon and you are done.
We simply make banana chaat and that too is delicious.
5. Milk Shake:
This is a must. A lot of energy is used in Ramadan and what better way to replenish yourself then with a glass of milk? Besides the chilled shakes add quite a flavor to the meal.
Vanilla Milkshake Recipe
Chocolate Mug Milkshake Recipe
Banana-Caramel Milk Shake Recipe
Hummus is an extremely popular food of the middle east. It’s extremely easy to make and so tasty to eat. You can eat it with almost anything. All you need is chickpeas, lemon and spices and then blend them together for a real treat.
Another traditional Middle Eastern dish, this times it’s a dessert, and a lip smacking one at that. It does take a bit more time than other recipes, but still all you have to do is blend the ingredients and then throw it in the oven. Bsabousa is a cake made of Semolina flour.
Ok so this involves deep frying and therefore is not so healthy; but at the same time it isn’t totally unhealthy since the stuffing is either vegetables or chicken/meat or even cheese. And personally, my Iftar wouldn’t be complete without the Arabian style Samosas. Though I never could find the secret recipe they use, so here are alternate ones.
9. Chicken Jalfrezi:
Chicken Jalfrezi involves making a vegetable sauce for your chicken. You can even use meat or lamb as you wish. When eaten with tortilla, roti or bread, it is pretty fulfilling. And when rolled up in bread with yogurt and black pepper, it makes for a delicious light sandwich.
10. Dahi Bhalla/Vada:
It’s a popular Indian dish which involves making soft fritters with dough and then dipping them in yogurt mixed with herbs and spices. It’s so healthy and light; you can go on eating it forever. Plus the yogurt can be made sweet or spicy depending on your taste buds.
If you want a simpler version, then instead of using Urad-daal-flour for the balls, use this:
Make a thick paste by mixing all the above ingredients with water and then take a spoon and drop this paste in deep pan containing hot oil. You won’t get ball shaped fritters but it will do the work.
There are loads of different foods you can try out in Ramadan other than these but honestly, these are the easiest and the best. So go ahead, enjoy these delicious dishes while not wasting much of your time during this month.