The holy month of Ramadan has already started and lockdown or not, there’s definitely going to be fasting as well as feasting. Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam and Ramadan is known as the holy month of fasting, when followers abstain from eating and drinking from sunrise till sunset. However, before and after the fasting, two important meals— Suhoor and Iftar are consumed.
While you must already have your Ramadan preparations on point, we at VoucherCodesUAE have curated a list of meals to make your Suhoor and Iftar healthy and tasty. You can have your favorite meals from your favorite local restaurants easily delivered to your doorstep. Order them and get Deliveroo discount up to 50% off.
Suhoor is the meal eaten before dawn. This is the first and only meal of the day before sunset and often comprises of food that leaves you full during the day. Fresh and dry fruits, oatmeal, eggs, and dairy products are popularly consumed for Suhoor. Here are our recommendations for Suhoor:
1. Acai Bowl
An Acai Bowl is basically a thick smoothie topped with oatmeal, fruits, berries, peanut butter. It is normally consumed for breakfast and would make a perfect starter for Suhoor. Filled with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, and healthy fat, it is a very nutritious meal to start a day with. Acai Beach offers a variety of vegan Acai Bowls with different ingredients and toppings according to your taste.
2. Hummus Avocado Wrap
Hummus is also commonly eaten for breakfast and it is super healthy. It is consumed as a dip, spread, or savory dish made from mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It is also high in fiber and protein besides being packed with vitamins and minerals. You can either spread it on toast instead of butter or have a Hummus Avocado Wrap like this from Manoushe.
3. Egg and Cheese Press
Eggs are another great source of protein and nutrition. This Egg and Cheese Press from Pressman’s comes with eggs, cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss cheese and diced tomatoes. This is a filling and healthy meal to have before your fast. You can even order for combos with coffee, hot chocolate, or smoothies.
Iftar is the meal consumed after sunset, once the fast is broken. Traditionally, the fast is broken by consuming dates and water. This is then followed by a proper dinner consisting of grains, beans, and pulses, vegetables, nuts, non-veg dishes, fruits, sweets, and dessert. Our recommendations for Iftar meals would be:
Soup would make a really good dish to relish after long hours of fasting. It is light as well as nutritious and helps the body rejuvenate and gain energy. Heavier meals and drinks can be consumed thereafter. The Ash Reshteh from Iran Zamin is a traditional Persian soup slowly cooked with chickpeas, onions, and mint. You can also add extra bread to go with the soup.
2. Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowl
For a tasty yet not-so-heavy meal, you can go for the Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowl from Yalla Shawarma. It comes on a bed of romaine lettuce with grilled tomatoes, sliced pickles, cucumber, and dill yogurt garnished with pomegranate seeds and fresh coriander. It is served with garlic sauce and lemon oil vinaigrette on the side. You can also opt for extra sauce according to your choice.
3. Mosama Bademjan w/Rice
For a heavier meal, you can go for Mosama Bademjan with Rice again from Iran Zamin. It is basically slow-cooked stew consisting of lamb meat, lentils, eggplant, tomatoes and herbs served with saffron white rice.
4. Special Biryani from Zafran
Biryani is another popular dish during Ramadan. For a fuller meal, you can have the Jhinga Dum Nisha Biryani from Zafran. It consists of prawns cooked in stock, fragrant basmati rice, flavored with cumin, carom seeds, coriander, and saffron and is served with raita.
Desserts and sweet dishes are a must in many households during Ramadan. A variety of these sweet delicacies are served for Iftar. Although these items are usually prepared at home, you can still treat yourselves to desserts from your favorite restaurants.
1. Rice Pudding
Rice pudding is a traditional sweetened milk dessert made with rice and topped with crushed pistachios and shaved almonds. This would make a great dessert to be consumed for Iftar since it is tasty as well as something traditional. Order yours from Yalla Shawarma.
2. Mixed Fruit Platter
For a lighter dessert, you can have the Mixed Fruit Platter from Massaad Barbecue Farm. These are healthier alternatives to other sweets and heavy desserts and perfect after a heavy meal in the evening.
3. Pan Cake
Arabian pancakes are also pretty popular as desserts. Qattayefs were originally prepared in Egypt and the Levant. These are filled with cheese, nuts, apples, pudding, and cream, making it quite heavy. As an alternative, you can go for this Pan Cake from The Moroccan made with semolina flour, honey, and almond.
Opt for consuming as well as serving healthy meals. Considering the situation right now, you may also stock up your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer with all the items you think you might need to prepare the delicious Suhoor and Iftar meals. Having said this here’s wishing you, Ramadan Kareem!