Ramadan: Make Ahead Food. Save Time in the Kitchen During the Holy Month
The Holy Month of Ramadan is fast approaching and Muslims around the globe will be observing Ramadan from a variety of countries and cultures.
It is an honor for a Muslim to share the rites of Ramadan. A key part of breaking fast is giving back to the community by welcoming guests into our home and share a meal.
Ramadan fasting is about getting close to God (Allah swt), and prayers, and good deeds. From among these righteous deeds is the feeding of the fasting person with numerous rewards for this act
Prepare Ahead to Save Time
However, it is always best to prepare a few items ahead of time to save time during the holy month for extra prayers. With a little lifting now, before Ramadan starts, there will be plenty of time to focus on prayers. It helps if you have plenty of fridge and freezer space.
It might also be an idea to draw up a rough meal plan of what you’ll be cooking on a weekly basis and just try to work around that so you’re not stressed every day. Let’s make this Ramadan a positive and blessed one!
Meal Prep Ideas for Ramadan
I hope these meal prep ideas will help all those who always feel pressed for just a little more time. It is all about being organised and prepared helps to reduce anxiety when hungry mouths sit around the table waiting to be fed.
It is also a good idea to stock up before the holy month to save time on cleaning and meal preparation during Ramadan.
At Household Plastic we have a wide range of high quality sealed plastic containers, with special pre-Ramadan savings on some of the most popular containers.
Ramadan Prep Ideas
Because you want to save time during the Holy month, you can assemble, pre-cook and prepare a whole range of food items that can then be refrigerated, stored or frozen until needed.
- A flavorful granola is healthy, nutritious, and filling suhur/suhoor or the pre-dawn meal. It takes only minutes to make a batch and stores very well in airtight container.
- Meat balls of any kind freeze well. They are so versatile. Meatballs can easily be transformed into curry or korma; you can pop them in your favorite soup; or add to noodles or pasta for a quick Ramadan meal. After cooking and cooling down, freeze them individually in a tray and once frozen, toss them in a ziplock bag or pack in a sealed container.
- Soups are great for breaking the fast. Soups provide the essential nutrient and hydrate the body after a long day of fasting. Many favourite soups can be pre-cooked and frozen.
- To prepare that tomato sauce we know you use for pretty much everything in Ramadan, squeeze and sift your fresh tomatoes and prepare on heat and then pack them in plastic bags and stack them in your freezer ready for instant use.
- Onions and Garlic are easy to smash chop and cut and then packed into plastic bags or containers in the freezer.
- A popular vegetarian option for Ramadan is plantain patties. They are unique and great alternative to the ever so popular alu tikki or “alur chop” made of plantain instead of potato. They are great as is or inside a burger bun.
- Boiled Chickpeas can be stored in the freezer for 2 to 3 weeks. Defrost in a microwave or by leaving it out at room temperature. You can use this for making: Hummus, Aloo Chana Chaat, Chana Masala
- You can freeze a batch of marinated tandoori chicken, which comes in handy when you need to cook something at a short notice. It can be stored in the freezer for 1 week.
- Hand pies and samosas can double duty as iftar and suhoor, so there is no reason to not make them ahead of time for a stress free meal preparation during the holy month. You can also buy these ahead of time and store them in your freeze. These are always popular at iftar parties.
- Make a big batch of falafel, then freeze and reheat. Serve with a tahini and lemon sauce, and fold it all wrap using flatbread, tomatoes, onion and cucumber, hummus.
- Chicken kebabs are popular with the whole family and are easy to put together to create a finger licking dish. The best way to ensure they retain their shape whilst cooking is to make the kebabs beforehand and freeze them, then cook straight from frozen. Serve in pitta breads with yoghurt/mint sauce and salad for a light but healthy and nutritious meal.
Whether you are handy in the kitchen or not, you need to pre-prepare for Ramadan and stock up on your fmaily favourites – samoosas, pies, kababs … pack them into sealed plastic containers and freeze or refrigerate till needed.
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