Work smarter, not harder. That's my mantra for the year and it applies most of all to what I do in the kitchen. If you, like me, are looking for ways to simplify cooking in Ramadan then this Ramadan Prep guide is for you.
Table of Contents
- What is Ramadan?
- Why do I need to Prep for Ramadan?
- Ramadan Tip One: Double Up
- Ramdan Prep Tip Two: Batch Cook a Salan/ Curry Paste
- Ramadan Prep Tip Three: Think about Iftar less and Sehri/Suhoor more
- Pakistani Recipes to Prep for Ramzan
- Ramadan Desserts: Freezer Friendly Treats to Prep Ahead
What is Ramadan?
If you are not familiar with it then Ramadan is a blessed month for Muslims world over, a time when we fast from sunrise to sunset in a testament to our faith and it's principles of compassion, discipline, and spirituality. Although the focus of the month is what happens between Suhoor (the pre sunrise meal) and Iftar (the post sunset meal), nourishing our bodies in a thoughtful manner becomes extra important.
Why do I need to Prep for Ramadan?
Prepping for Ramadan allows you to take some of the work and guess work out of cooking and meal planning. Whether you are putting a DIY Pakora mix in your pantry, stocking your freezer with Shami Kababs, or freezing daals in advance, these actions allow you to have more time focus on your spiritual needs during the holy month.
Ramadan is also typically when many of us open our homes to our loved ones. There is something so special about breaking our fast with others and prepping in advance means you are more prepared for those evenings.
Below you will find the 3 Ramadan Prep tips I live by followed by the Pakistani Ramadan recipes you can start prepping now to make Ramadan easier.
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Ramadan Tip One: Double Up
Whatever you are cooking in the lead up to Ramadan, if you can freeze it, double it.
Making daal? Double the quantity and freeze half. Tadka/Baghaar after you defrost and reheat stove top. Marinating chicken? Double up and put half in the freezer. Making ten times the quantity for something can be truly exhausting. Making 2 pounds of tamatar gosht instead of one? That's not so bad.
Ramdan Prep Tip Two: Batch Cook a Salan/ Curry Paste
I know - you're confused, didn't I just say to only double up? Salan Masala or Curry Paste is where I make an exception. Getting a beautiful silky masala for a salan or pulao/biryani takes time and patience. So before Ramadan I take a page out of my mothers book, grab the mandolin/food processor for rapid slicing and make a huge batch of my Instant Pot Salan Masala.
Ramadan Prep Tip Three: Think about Iftar less and Sehri/Suhoor more
We tend to focus on what we will open our fast with. It's infinitely exciting to think about hot samosas, tangy dahi baray, and that blessed garam jalebi, but pause for a second.
Whereas our iftar replenishes us it is Sehri that will sustain us. If you have limited time for Ramadan prep use it wisely.
Sehri or Suhoor for me is a meal. It's not a light breakfast, it's not stuffed parathas galore. It is a meal that is meant to sustain me over the course of the day.
Sehri prep ideas
- shami kabab
- the chicken patties for herbed chicken burgers
- chana chaat
- raisha gosht meat for wraps
Grocery store finds
- Greek Yoghurt
- Smoked Salmon + Whole Grain Bagels
- Granola Bars
Pakistani Recipes to Prep for Ramzan
Here are some beloved Pakistani Ramadan recipes for you to prepare in advance!
Pakistani Iftar Recipes to Make Ahead
Whether you serve it separately or all together it's nice to have some 'fun' sides/appetizers ready to go! Look below for a mix of traditional Pakistani Iftar recipes and some fun flavorful additions!
Homemade Pakora Mix
Authentic Shami Kabab
Kala Channa or Kalay Channay
Imli ki Chutney
Kachay Qeemay or Galawat ke Kabab
Green Chilli & Corn Potato Cutlets
Vegetable Noodle Spring Rolls
Chaat Masala Recipe - Pakistani (Quick & Easy!)
Pakistani Ramadan Mains to Make Ahead
Iftar isn't the only thing you can make ahead of time - check out these ideas for Ramzan recipes you can make in advance for a simpler more delicious Ramadan!
Raisha Gosht or Bhuna Gosht
Stovetop Lemon Chicken Roast
Instant Pot Desi Roast Chicken
Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks with a Kick
Pakistani Beef Keema or Qeema
Herbed Chicken Burgers
Chanay ki Daal....
Ramadan Desserts: Freezer Friendly Treats to Prep Ahead
Perfect for hosting, satisfying cravings or that post iftar chai!
Kulfi with Magic Crunch
Lotus Biscoff Ice Cream Cake
Chanay ki Daal ka Halwa
Caramel Crunch Ice Cream
Double Chocolate Cookies
Coffee Toffee Ice Cream
Happy Cooking! I hope these Ramdan prep tips and prep ahead recipes simplify your life and allow you to have a happy, blessed Ramadan!
Pakora Mix & How to Make Pakoras
- 4 cups besan
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp chilli flakes
- 1 tbsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp ajwain (optional)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- Combine all the dry ingredients in a clean air tight jar, they will easily last two weeks or more.
- To make pakoras - take out some of the dry mix.For plain pakoras put ¾ the amount of water to the dry mix and fry on medium heat till golden and for vegetable ones start with half a cup water to 1 cup mix and adjust if needed.
- Tip: Draining your pakoras on a wire rack (versus paper towel) will lead to a crispier pakora!
Excellent and practical tips! Really enjoyed going through these.
thank you Nargis, that was so so sweet!
Very helpful post.
thank you! am glad it was helpful and hope you have a blessed Ramadan!
Wait - what? Where do the garam jalebis come from? Please!! Just kidding (not really - I Need to know!) but back to the point. You are so right. This Ramzan will look and feel so different. Just thinking about it is making me anxious. Thank you for sharing your tips!
hahahhahah in Karachi. Also some realllllllly good ones in Brampton!
I am def making that saalan. Even tho im the only one fasting, i will need that break from regular cooking for the fam. Im not going to wait for ramzan to try out that chana chaat salad jar tho❤
Oh no way! That's going to be extra hard and you are awesome!
Great tips! Can you give recipe for that savory oatmeal please! I can’t eat sweet oatmeal in sehri! Thank you and Ramadan Mubarak
Hi jia! I hear you! I usually prep steel cut oatmeal according to the package directions. Then I warm a little oil in a pan and add a little ginger, scallions, pepper, soy sauce and mix the steel cut oats in. Then add cilantro and adjust seasoning. It is SO good with a fried egg!
I love this Sarah! I pretty much do all of these and your descriptions are perfect 🥰
Thank you so much Areeba!