One of the most stressful questions I get asked is "are you ready for Ramadan?" I never know how to respond. Am I being asked if my freezer is loaded with delicious kababs and samosas? If I've hacked meal prep for the healthiest Ramadan ever? If I have my spiritual blueprint set for the month? I am not sure. In these times where us mamas are effectively working overtime the idea of doing tons of extra work is distinctly discomfiting. When I reached out to friends to recommend Ramadan recipes I was bowled away to discover a list of Ramadan Recipes that actually inspired me! Tandoori Club Sandwich? Sign me up! Qeema Crepes? SO much yes!
My hope is that as you read through these recipes you are just as excited as I am to include these in your family meals. These have been uncertain times and the biggest lessons that I have learnt is about the power of human connection. The people we interact with, those who come into our homes with their comforting recipes, and even all those folks making us smile in these tougher times. I know this Ramadan will not look like any other before and how I am approaching it has changed. You can read more about that here. My hope is that it is still a special one filled with love and prayer.
Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats - The Healthy Muslims
One of the things I think more about now than ever before is Suhoor or Sehri, the pre fast meal that sustains us. Nazima Qureshi, the Registered Dietitian behind The Healthy Muslims has a great collection of Ramadan friendly recipes, but this overnight oats.... Well. I think we can take one look and know why they stand out! I'd definitely bounce out of bed for these!
The Healthy Muslims also recently published a fantastic resource for those observing this sacred month. It is called The Healthy Ramadan Guide and you can learn more about it here.
Click here for the Strawberry Chocolate Overnight Oats Recipe.
Natural Rose Syrup (Rooh Afza) - Blend of Spice
It ain't Ramadan until the Rooh Afza bottle has been opened. Am I right? I constantly hear how it isn't good for us, artificial ingredients and all so imagine how excited I was to see an all natural version on Zakiya's site! I can't wait to try it!
Speaking of other recipes I cannot wait to try Zakiya's blog is a must see for anyone interested in fusion cooking and traditional recipes alike. There is just something so incredibly fun about going through her collection of recipes. Check out Blend of Spice to see what I mean.
Click here for the Natural Rooh Afza recipe.
Chicken Box Patties from Mirchi Tales
Samosas are cool and all especially when they're Qeema samosas, but there is something about Box Patties that is just extra fun. First of all the name is just fun. Second of all there is some creamy cheesy chicken-y goodness involved so really how can anyone resist? For my planners Mirchi Tales is also sharing a Ramadan Meal Planner for an organized delicious Ramadan.
Click here for the Chicken Box Patties recipe.
Gold Coin Recipe - Butter Over Bae
Retro names are the best aren't they? I hadn't had a gold coin before, but who doesn't want something as delicious sounding (and looking!) as this gold coin from Butter Over Bae. Also she's got a TON of great Ramadan recipes that you should check out from tips on prepping onions to a great freebie called Eat, Pray, Fast with 14 Ramadan Recipes.
Click here for the Gold Coin Recipe.
Qeema Crepes (Mutabbaq) - PMP Mom
Shehar Bano or PMPMom is a Qatar based Pakistani photographer with a knack of elevating the everyday. When Shehar Bano told me she wanted to share her Qeema Crepe recipe for this round up I was intrigued. When I read it and realized it was based on Mutabbaq the one food from my Saudi childhood that I am desperate to recreate I was positively thrilled. It is a dish that has been on my mind for some time, but I never knew where to start until now!
Shehar Bano is also about to release a cookbook featuring some of her family's recipes. It is one I firmly intend to acquire as soon as it's published!
Until then click here to get the Qeema Crepes recipe.
Zesty Roasted Chicken - Chai and Churros
There is something about a beautiful roast chicken that just makes you want to pat yourself on the back. This beautiful bird from Chai and Churros paired with some warm garlic bread and a nice salad would be such a wonderful Ramadan dinner. The no muss no fuss aspect of the roast is also so appealing after a long fast!
Keemay ki Goliyan and Green Chutney - Two Cloves in a Pot
Let's be honest here folks. At iftar time we need protein. These Keemay ki Goliyan (meatballs) with Chutney are the kind of thing that I know I would take a bite of and feel alive again. You KNOW what I mean don't you? This husband-wife duo at Two Cloves of Pot shares a love of food - South Asian and otherwise - that is forever inspiring. These Keemay ki Goliyaan are just the beginning of it!
Peshawari Naan - Fatima Cooks
One of the OG Pakistani bloggers Fatima has an incredible collection of Pakistani recipes. My Karachiite self has never had a sweet naan before. This Peshawari Naan is something that sounds so lovely and so unusual that I can't wait to tear a piece off and eat it!
Apart from awesome Naans Fatima Cooks has almost every Pakistani recipe that you can think of. Totally speaks to any Pakistani foodies soul!
Bihari Kabab - Pots N Curries
In my fantasy world at Iftar time someone is going to bring me a plate of steaming charred Bihari kababs, pooris and the spicy chutney that goes with it. Unfortunately that is unlikely to happen any time soon! Fortunately, with Fatima's recipe I can make it happen for myself. Fatima from Pots N Curries is deeply devoted to researching her recipes and keeping traditional Pakistani recipes alive so when she shares something you know it's legit.
Tandoori Chicken Club Sandwich - Chili to Choc
There is something about a club sandwich that is so very deeply satisfying. Biting into the layers of bread, chicken and eggs is simultaneously comforting and wholesome. This recipe from the exceptionally talented food photographer Chili to Choc has me drooling!
Click here for the Tandoori Club Sandwich Recipe.
Eggplant and Potato Moussaka - Hungry Paprikas
Meat, Potatoes, Veg. This Eggplant Moussaka has it all - it is a hearty comforting one dish casserole style meal that would pair so well with a light salad. Amina's recipes tend to strike that beautiful balance between clean flavours and spices. Nothing is ever overpowering and her ingredients always get to shine in recipes that are sometimes inspired by her Iraqi background.
Flavored by Fatima - Chicken Pot Pie
Biscuits on top, velvety white sauce with chicken and tender veggies. If that doesn't soothe your heart (and belly!) after a long fast I don't know what will! Flavored by Fatima, winner of ABC's Family Food Fight knows her food and her flavours so so well. Check out her blog for more delicious inspiration.
Click here for the Chicken Pot Pie recipe.
Flour & Spice - Chipotle Stuffed Jalapenos
Baked not fried please is a request I often hear now with regards to Ramadan recipe requests. These Chipotle Stuffed Jalapenos are perfect for that! I assemble mine and bake right before we eat for the ultimate warm cheesy filling + crispy topping experience! If you don't have chipotle peppers you can flavour with chipotle powder and if that isn't available then absolute turn to your spice cabinet. A dash of chili powder will bring some yummy flavours to life! If you still have wonton wrappers (or samosa) ones and want that same kick then how about my Jalapeno Popper Samosas? They're crazy easy and crazy good!
Hope you loved this round up and are feeling inspired for a happy, healthy, and delicious Ramadan! If you are like me and perpetually excited for Eid then check out my Eid round up here.