Speedy. Sumptuous. And so ‘sedap’. Ramadan recipes for Iftar and Sahur need not be complicated and time-consuming. After a day of fasting, it’s time to rest, recuperate and reconnect with family over a simple meal. Instead of searching for meals at the Ramadan bazaar, heading for fast food or spending a bomb at Ramadan buffets, cooking at home has many advantages. Here is a list of nutritious and easy recipes that will save you time and money.

Ramadan Recipes for Iftar

The breaking of fast at the end of the day marks the all-important Iftar. This evening meal at sunset needs to replenish the body, mind and soul. Further, it should be packed with nourishing nutrients and satisfy the cravings you’ve had all day.

1. Easy Grilled Chicken with Herbs

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A meaty main course can be the centre piece of any Ramadan meal. This delicious chicken recipe can be whipped up easily when you need a speedy meal.

  • Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking: 20 mins.
  • Makes: 4-6 servings

Ingredients for Grilled Chicken:

  • 150g yogurt
  • 500g boneless chicken breast (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons crushed pepper
  • 1 – 1 .5 teaspoons garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon crushed red chilli

Ingredients for Vegetables:

  • Potatoes, peas, carrots, potatoes (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Instructions:

  • Mix all ingredients into a bowl.
  • Add chicken breasts and marinate overnight or for at least 2 hours.
  • Grill chicken on medium high for approx. 6 mins. per side.
  • Grill vegetables on grill pan with olive oil, a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  • Serve chicken with vegetables on the side.

2. Sambal Ikan Bilis

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This versatile sambal ikan bilis (anchovies) is a favourite as it can be paired with many different dishes. Try it with the ever popular home-made nasi lemak or simple fried omelette with sambal on top. For the more adventurous, stir fry the sambal with squid or add it to your vegetable dish for a spicy twist. It’s best to make a big batch and you can store it for Ramadan meals.

  • Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking: 30 mins.
  • Makes: 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

  • 250g ikan bilis
  • 20 dried chillies
  • 15 cloves shallots
  • 1 tablespoon belacan
  • 4 candlenuts (buah keras or Indian walnuts)
  • A dash of sugar and salt

Instructions:

  • Rinse the ikan bilis and pat dry.
  • Heat oil, fry ikan bilis until golden brown and crispy. Remove and set aside.
  • Remove seeds from dried chillies and cut into small sections.
  • Peel shallots and set aside.
  • Heat pan and toast belacan over low heat until fragrant, turn off heat and mash using spatula.
  • Place dried chillies, shallots, belacan and candlenuts into food processor and blend well.
  • Heat oil and fry blended spices over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until you get an aromatic smell and oil seeps from the paste.
  • Season with salt and sugar, add ikan bilis and fry briefly before serving.

3. Fish Slices with Sesame Oil

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When fish is the family’s favourite. this is an easy-to-prepare and healthier alternative to red meat. After all, fish is lower in fat than most animal protein. In addition, oily fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids that are important for your diet.

  • Total time: Preparation – 20 mins. Cooking: 25 mins.
  • Makes: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 400g boneless fish fillet
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped spring onion
  • 1/3 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped chilli

Seasonings 1:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons egg white
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Seasonings 2:

  • 8 teaspoons sesame sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chilli oil

Instructions:

  • Rinse fish fillet and pat dry. Cut into thick slices. Mix well with Seasonings 1 and set aside for about 5 minutes.
  • When marinating fish slices, add the marinade one at a time. First, start with salt, then egg white and lastly corn starch. Rub each seasoning in until it is fully absorbed into fish before adding the next seasoning.
  • Bring water to boil. Add fish slices to cook. Remove and drain well.
  • Heat pan and fry spring onions. ginger and chillies until fragrant. Add fish slices and combine well.
  • Remove and drizzle over with Seasonings 2 for added flavour before serving.

4. Claypot Tofu with Vegetables

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In need of a dish filled with everything tasty? Try this fuss-free Claypot Tofu dish with any vegetables you have in the fridge. It goes well with rice or noodles.

Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking: 20 mins.

  • Makes: 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of firm tofu (available in most supermarkets)
  • 300g minced chicken
  • 5 Shitake mushrooms soaked in warm water for 20-30 mins.
  • A stalk of scallion (chopped) or sliced cucumber or avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet soy sauce (kicap manis)
  • A teaspoon of soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons water & 1 teaspoon corn starch (mixed well)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • A dash of white pepper

Instructions:

  • Cut the bean curd into pieces and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Heat up pan or deep fryer and deep fry the bean curd in oil until light or golden brown. Dish out and drain with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Heat up claypot and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Stir fry chopped garlic until aromatic.
  • Toss in the minced chicken and do a quick stir before adding in mushrooms and fried bean curd.
  • Add all seasonings, water and cover claypot. Lower the heat and let is braise for 15 mins.
  • Before serving, add in the corn starch mixture to thicken the gravy.
  • Garnish with chopped scallion / cucumber slices or avocado and serve.

5. Easy Egg Drop Soup

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At the heart of any meal is a hearty soup to soothe the senses. The fastest ever soup to make is the Egg Drop Soup with tomatoes and chicken.

  • Total time: Preparation – 20 mins. Cooking: 20 mins.
  • Makes: 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tomatoes
  • 100g chicken slices
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped spring onions / parsley
  • 750ml water or chicken stock or vegetable stock

Seasonings:

  • 1 teaspoon light soya sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • A dash of pepper

Instructions:

  • Mix chicken with Seasonings and set aside for 15 mins.
  • Crack and beat eggs.
  • Cut a cross at top and bottom of tomatoes. Blanch tomatoes in boiling water for 1 min. Remove and place tomatoes briefly in cold water. Peel away skin and cut into pieces.
  • Bring water or stock to boil. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add chicken and cook for about 5 mins.
  • Slowly drizzle in the beaten egg, stir quickly with a ladle to create wispy egg strands. Add a dash of salt and sesame oil.
  • Scatter chopped spring onion / parsley over soup before serving.

6. Dry Fruit Ramadan Milkshake

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Preparing all those home-cooked meals can get you really thirsty. Instead of reaching for your fave soft drink or iced tea to break fast with, try a milkshake.

  • Total time: Preparation – 30 mins. Cooking: 10 mins.
  • Makes: 1-2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 7-8 unseeded dates
  • 2-3 dried figs
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Hot water
  • 2 1/2 cup chilled milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions:

  • Soak all dried fruits in hot water for 30 mins., each in a separate bowl.
  • After 30 mins., take out fruits, pat dry. Peel off the skin of almonds.
  • Transfer dried fruits into food processor and blend. Add honey into mixture.
  • Then, add half cup of chilled milk and blend until mixture is thick and frothy.
  • Finally, add in remaining milk and blend. Pour into glasses and serve.

Start Sahur With Something Scrumptious

The pre-dawn Sahur meal during Ramadan needs to contain energy-giving food to prepare one for the day’s fast. Well, pre-dawn also means that you’ll still be sleepy and tired. So, easy-to-make fast meals are a treasure to behold.

7. Bubur Lambuk

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The ever famous Bubur Lambuk (spiced porridge) is the all-time favourite for Ramadan.

  • Total time: Preparation – 20 mins. Cooking: 20 mins.
  • Makes: 4-5 servings

Ingredients:

  • 100g white rice (rinsed)
  • 300g chicken (shredded)
  • 30g onion (chopped)
  • 20g garlic (chopped)
  • 15g ginger (chopped)
  • 20g lemongrass
  • 10g each of star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and coriander
  • 40g ghee
  • 20ml cooking oil
  • 1500ml water
  • 50ml coconut milk

Garnishing:

  • 20g dried shallots
  • 15g parsley (chopped)
  • 15g spring onions (chopped)
  • 10g red chillies (chopped)

Instructions:

  • Heat up cooking oil and ghee. Saute the garlic, onion, ginger, star anise, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and coriander until aromatic.
  • Add in the rice with water into pot. Bring to boil. Stir occasionally until rice is soft and becomes porridge.
  • Add in chicken and cook until soft and tender. Add in the coconut milk, salt and pepper. Stir gently.
  • When porridge thickens, it is ready to serve. Add garnish on top before serving.

8. Sweet Sandwich Toastie

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Sandwiches are easy to make and there’s plenty of choices from savoury to sweet ones. Best of all, they can be prepared beforehand for a ready-to-serve meal.

  • Total time: Preparation – 10 mins. Cooking: 10 mins.
  • Makes: 1-2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 25g ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 20g dark chocolate
  • 1 small banana
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Mix the cheese with honey and mash it well.
  • Smash the chocolate and set aside.
  • Peel and roughly slice the banana.

Instructions:

  • Spread the cheese and honey mix on 1 slice of bread.
  • Lay the sliced bananas over it and scatter chocolate on top.
  • Top with second slice of bread and toast in sandwich maker.
  • Slice and serve the toastie.

Make Ramadan Special

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Food tastes better when you eat it with your family. When you’re short of time to do grocery shopping, order them online at HappyFresh and have them delivered. Keep a lookout for HappyFresh vouchers for further discounts.

Reward the family this Ramadan with treats from the Lazada Mega Raya Sale. Take advantage of Lazada vouchers and get the best deals on Raya goodies. Remember to go through ShopBack and score up to 11% cashback.

Tell us about your favourite Ramadan recipes. Selamat Berpuasa.

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