BEST Perfect Combination Of Sweet & Savory This Ramadan – The Soorat
Perfect Combination Of Sweet & Savory This Ramadan

Perfect Combination Of Sweet & Savory This Ramadan

The Holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims all over the world. During this month everyone pays attention to two important meals, suhoor before the sun rises, and iftar after the sun sets. Some households wake up before namaz and eat filling oily parathas with eggs, others may eat fruit bowls or overnight oats. Similarly some people enjoy lavish, heavy iftars, while others need light, digestive foods, to break their fasts. Every Islamic country celebrates the month with various dishes, while some cuisines overlap others are unique. 

With Ramadan approaching here at the Soorat we have compiled a list of some simple, delicious Ramadan recipes from multiple countries, ranging from healthy to heavy. 

Egypt
Molokhia Soup 

In the mystical land of Egypt many families break their fasts with a light and healthy soup, called ‘Molokhia’ or Jute. The soup is made from chicken stock, fresh or frozen. When it begins boiling you add the fresh minced Jute/Saag leaves. Then you season it with sauteed garlic and crushed coriander seeds. This super healthy, light and easy to make soup is a great choice to make sure your stomach doesn’t overwork itself after an entire day of fasting. In Lebanon instead of soup, the same ingredients are stir fried and eaten with rice, if you want something heavier right away! 

Check out @endlessplants refreshing, vegan recipe!

Molokai Soup | The Soorat

Kunafa

Another popular dish in Egypt is ‘Kunafa’ This buttery, crunchy dessert is made with a very thin noodle-like pastry. It has multiple pastry layers around a center of soft, milky, creamy pudding, or nuts, or both! Yum my mouth is watering just thinking of it… This classic dish is drizzled with syrup, garnished with pistachios for an elegant finish! Unbaked Kunafa freezes well, but fresh is always better! Try @zebazakreen mouth watering recipe this Ramadan, for the perfect blend of a creamy and crunchy texture.

Kunafa | The Soorat

UAE
Harees

Dating back to the 17th century, one particularly festive dish within the UAE is Harees. It consists of cooked wheat, and meat or chicken. There are variations of the dish around the asian continent, however the Emaratis like it raw with meat and olive oil. Moreover if you want to lower your calorie count, you can eat it with chicken. The barley present is rich in fiber, and lowers blood pressure, amongst other health benefits. This dish is ideal for iftar, after twelve hours without food it keeps the stomach full for long periods. If you're trying it out for the first time @nutricookworld’s recipe is super simple and easy to follow!

Harees | The Soorat

Qatayef

One dessert you smell all over the streets in the UAE in Ramadan is Qatayef. This sweet dish is usually filled with unsalted cheese and nuts. It can be fried or baked, so if you're looking for a healthy option, throw it in the oven! It is drizzled with sweet sugar syrup or powdered sugar, and honey. Try @cookingwith_maha’s delicious Qatayef recipe for any post iftar socializing and your guests will thank you for it!

Qatayef | The Soorat

Pakistan

Pakistani and Indian cuisines often overlap, considering they were one region not too long ago. So while we separately label the next few Ramadan dishes, many may be found in both regions! The next two Pakistani Ramadan dishes mentioned can be eaten during iftar or suhoor!

Shami Kabab

These round patties can be made with beef or chicken. The minced meat/chicken is combined with yellow split peas, dipped in eggs and then fried in a pan. The amount of oil you want in your kebab depends on you. Moreover these balls of deliciousness are naturally gluten free, and small in size, making it easier for you to control your portions! This freezer friendly dish is very convenient incase you ever need extra food, or have little time to prepare! Watch @delish.by.inayah’s version of quick Shami Kababs, which look fried to perfection.

Shami Kabab | The Soorat

Gajar ka Halwa

Another sweet, gluten free dish found in desi households during Ramadan is Gajar Ka Halwa. This carrot based sweet pudding is made out of carrots, milk and ghee and can be garnished with nuts and raisins. The rich and creamy dessert should be served warm so it really hits the spot! Flavourful with a velvety smooth texture, @thefoodattacker gajar ka halwa recipe looks divine! Enjoy the healthy, wholesome dish, this Ramadan.

Gajar K Halwa | The Soorat

India

Last but not least, let’s look at the Ramadan cuisine in India.

Sorson ka Saag

This savory dish is loaded with all the good stuff, with all the right greens and nutrients. Sarson Ka Saag is a mustard greens and spinach curry that tastes amazing. Made with eleven simple ingredients, twelve including salt, this recipe will leave you wanting more! You can eat it plain but it is usually coupled with Makai ki roti, Cornmeal flatbread, making it more filling. Check out @bharatzkitchen’s recipe for a delicious dish to add to your iftar table, this holy month!

Sarsoon Ka Saag | The Soorat

Panjeeri

The final dish we’re going to mention is Panjeeri, which originated in North India. This dish is made from whole wheat flour, ghee and sugar. That doesn’t sound healthy yet, but it is definitely considered one of the healthier desserts. Cashews, almonds and raisins are also added into the mix but be prepared, while the recipe has few ingredients you have to stir, stir and stir some more! While this is a great Ramadan dish to keep you full and energized throughout the day, it is also eaten by women after labor as a nutritional supplement to promote healing. @therbskitchen’s step by step recipe is simple to follow and loaded with nutrients!

Panjeeri | The Soorat

Look forward to delicious, healthy recipes this Ramadan, and experiment with new cuisines. We hope this was helpful! Happy fasting and feasting from all of us at the Soorat!

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