Friday, 26 May 2017

Ramadan 2017/1438 - Ramadan Kareem

Assalam-alaikam everyone and Ramadan Kareem,



Alhamdulillah, we are so blessed to find ourselves at the start of another Ramadan filled with blessings, forgiveness and mercy. A chance to get rid of bad habits, start good habits and have our duas’ (supplications) answered.

Even more, Allah (SWT) has blessed us with this opportunity to get closer to Him and to work on our relationship with Him. I pray we make the most of this golden opportunity to please Allah (SWT) find tranquillity and purify our hearts as well as our bodies insh’Allah.

May Allah (SWT) bless this Ummah during this month with an increase in iman, with forgiveness, mercy and with the acceptance of their dua’s. May He increase the rizq (sustenance) of the believers and make it easy for them and take away all of their hardships.

Please remember our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Burma, Palestine, Syria and across the world. Please don’t forget to make dua for those who are being persecuted for their faith, who are questioning their beliefs and who are alone because of their faith. 

Please remember me and my family in your dua’s insh’Allah and please forgive me if I have ever said or written anything that hurt or upset you.

"Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness" ~ Qur'an 2:183

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” (Bukhari - 31:123)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) declared, 'Three men whose dua is never rejected (by Allah) are: the fasting person until he breaks his fast (in another narration, when he breaks fast), the just ruler and the one who is oppressed.' ~Ahmad, at-Tirmidhi – Hasan.


Picture of the Day 26.05.17 - Date Treats

I set some time aside this afternoon to make these date and nut slices (recipe here).  Everyone in my household loves them as do my parents.  We eat them for both suhoor (dawn meal) and iftar (the meal to break the fast) and they provide energy and nutrition, as well as tasting good.  They are also great as a gift during Ramadan.











The Healing of Ramadan

I haven’t been blogging much recently, feeling exhausted and unwell, I assumed it was just the demands of work, home, family and guests. I thought I just needed rest and that I would be back to my old self. I could see a difference in the mirror, I looked haggard and I wondered if the magic of youth was subsiding and I was starting to look my age. I veered between acceptance and denial, sometimes thinking I should accept the ageing process with grace and self-respect and sometimes thinking I would have liked a few more years of looking younger than my age and having endless energy.

Eventually the nausea kicked in and I went to see my doctor and got a diagnosis. In the past I have become unwell and just assumed I need to lose weight, get fit or stop being lazy, until the doctor found otherwise. I am not very good at listening to my body and treating it with the gentleness and care it deserves. This time round again, I had a problem and needed treatment which I finally got round to having. I am slowly starting to feel like myself again, but the treatment has left me feeling weak and tiring easily. I have been advised not to exercise for a month and to let my body heal with lots of rest and nutritious food. I took a few days off of work and going back should have been easy but the first day left me sore and shattered. 

As always when life gets challenging, I have gone back to basics. I have been concentrating on the gentle routine of my home – cooking, cleaning and minding cheeky children. I have been doing things slowly, taking naps when I need them and leaving things undone when I am tired. Little Lady has realised that I have been unwell and has been protective and tried to help me as much as she can, including by rounding up and scolding babies.

Tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan. In preparation I have given up coffee and stocked my kitchen with fresh fruit and vegetables. As with the last two years I hope to share healthy meals with my family and take advantage of the midday sunnah nap, the qaylulah. Alhamdulillah, we fast for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and because it is his command, buy this month always does me so much good – a refresh for my faith and also my body. So I welcome this opportunity during Ramadan to reset the dials of my iman, my health, my intentions and my routine.

May our deeds be with the correct intentions, to please Allah (SWT), and may he be pleased and accepting of our deeds insh’Allah.



Thursday, 25 May 2017

200+ Ramadan Recipes and Food Links

This list contains the best receipes I could find for Ramadan. I hope you find this list useful for your meal planning and for inspiration and motivation.  I will keep adding as I come across recipes I love or readers make suggestions.







Food to Make Ahead

30+ Recipes you can make and freeze for Ramadan Kareem by Fun Cooking, including corn cheese balls, qeema samosa's, chapli kebab, chicken cigars, frozen crispy chicken wongs, apple pie Mcdonalds style, chicken cheese rolls, chicken tenders and veg nuggets.

Frozen Meat balls/Qoftay by Fun Cooking

Chicken and Potato Filling for Samosa's, Spring Rolls and Pasties by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama


Moroccan Foods and Ingredients That You Can Prepare Ahead of Time By Christine Benlafquih at The Spruce

Make ahead Frozen Food for Ramadan by Afreen Zia for Afreen's Kitchen

Make Ahead Meal Preparations For Ramadan by Shanaz Rafiq of Love to Cook - lots of ideas for prepping ingredients as well as recipes


5 Delicious Make-Ahead Iftar Snacks To Keep You Chaos Free During Ramadan by Expat Woman Food.


Starters and Snacks

Creamy Fruit Chaat by ARY Zauq

Chana Masala – Chickpeas in the Pakistani Manner by Shayma Saadat of Spice Spoon

Perfect Pakora's by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama

Bhel Puri by Fauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun - delicious combination of crunchy puffed rice, sev, peanuts, tomato, potato and onion drizzled with some sweet-sour-spicy chutneys.

Date Truffles and Squares by  Fauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun - easy and healthy, I make these every year and everyone likes them.

Stuffed Dates with Blue Cheese by Plavaneeta Borah for NDTV

Dates and Cashew Vegan Balls by Plavaneeta Borah for NDTV - energy boosting snack

Potato Samosa's by Coffee and Crumpets

Home Made Masala Chips by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama

Kutchi Dabeli by Indian Khana - type of sandwich with chutneys, potato filling, pomegranate and peanuts making it sweet, tangy, spicy and crunchy and very filling 


Pani Puri (Gol Gappa) by Sona at Spill the Spices

Batata Hara - Lebanese potato dishes by  Fauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun

Chicken Lollipops by Swasthi - hot and spicy, made with drumsticks or whole chicken wings

Peri Peri Wings by  Fauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun

Persian Fried Chicken by Mahmuda Iqbal for the New York Times


Shami Kabab (Ground Meat Kebab) by Anaya Khalid at Khana Pakana

Stuffed potato and lamb tikki by Mahmuda Iqbal for the Telegraph

Reshmi Kebab by Swasthi - mughal origin griled chicken recipe with a fresh cream marinade

Malaysian Satay by Simon Goh for SBS

Delicious Stovetop Honey Chicken Wings by Maya Kitchenette

Ful Medammes by Kathryn Hill for Kitchn: fava beans cooked with garlic and spread on bread in North Africa

Scotch Eggs by K Foods



Mozarella Sticks by Annie of Annie's Noms

Crispy Fried Halloumi by Coriander Queen

Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges by Tifany of Creme de la Crumb

Crispy Halloumi Fries and Dips by Helen of Scrummy Lane

Quick Hummus And 2-Ingredient Flatbread by Helen of Scrummy Lane

Basic Crispy Salmon Fish Cakes by Helen of Scrummy Lane

Halloumi Vegetable Skewers by Danii of Hungry Happy Healthy


Stuffed potato and lamb tikki - delicious potato and lamb treats are perfect served with minted yogurt and cucumber


Lamb kofta kebabs by AllRecipes


Chicken 65 Recipe – Restaurant style by Sangeetha of Kothiyavanu

Half Moon Pies by Cook with Anisa

Pav Bhaji by Cook with Anisa - a popular fast food from India, it’s a spicy curry of mixed vegetables cooked in a special blend of spices served in a toasted bread roll.

Bread Rolls with Chicken & Cheese by Cook with Anisa

Kanafeh Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Tasbih for Cleobuttera - crunchy kanafeh crusted bread, encasing ooey gooey mozzarella, that gets drenched in a rose and orange blossom kissed syrup

Potato and Chicken Cheese Samosas by Asbah Aleana of A Muslim Mama

Chicken Kebabs by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama

Philly cheesesteak egg rolls by Carls Bad Cravings - thinly sliced marinated steak, bell peppers, mushrooms and jalapenos blended with cheese then fried (or baked) to melty, cheesy perfection in a crunchy egg roll cocoon.

Shabeh Yalda Appetizer Platter by My Persian Kitchen




Sauces, Chutneys and Dips

Sweet Date Chutney (Khajoor ki Chutney) by Niru Gupta for NDTV - sweet and sour date chutney that goes brilliantly with pani puri, aloo chaat and all kinds of crispy snacks. 

Watermelon Preserve by Bob Chamberlin for the Los Angeles Times)

Easy Hummus by Holly Warah at Arabic Zeal

Mint Chutney by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama

Special Ramadhan Chutney bFauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun - with mango, carrots and garlic

Home-made Ketchup by Smith St Paleo

Basic Mayonnaise by Smith St Paleo


Soups

Harira, recipe by Nasseh for Food.com

Chorba Soup With Lamb by Florence Fabricant for the NY Times.


Moroccan Lentil Soup by Grace and Mae for AllRecipes

Easy Lentil Soup by Holly Warah at Arabic Zeal

Moroccan-style Lentil Soup with Chickpeas by Holly Warah at Arabic Zeal - hearty and healthy

Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup by Cook with Anis



Salads

Simple Arab Salad by Holly Warah at Arabic Zeal - easy salad to serve alongside any Middle Eastern dish.

Sweet and salty spiced fruit salad by Uzma Ali for the Telegraph


Watermelon & Feta Salad by Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen


Tabbouleh (Parlsey & Bulghur Salad) by Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen


Sweet corn chaat by Swasthi

Nepalese Spicy potato salad (aaloo ko Achar) by Nabin Tuladhar for SBS TV

Chopped Arabic Salad by Epicurious

Fattoush by Kathryn Hill for Kitchn - salad made of vegetables and pita bread

Crab and Apple Salad by Nora El-Sadat for Fustany


Honeydew Cucumber Salad With Homemade Dressing by Frugal Coupon Salad

Shirazi Salad by André Baranowski for Saveur - refreshing salad made of cucumbers, tomatoes and red onion.


Yogurt Cucumber Salad by Holly Warah at Arabic Zeal - refreshing and healthy

Authentic Greek Salad by Coriander Queen

Umm Salihah’s Yummy Macaroni Salad by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama - delicious and healthy

Potato Salad by Amber at The Recipes Pakistan

Coleslaw Salad by Amber at The Recipes Pakistan

Homemade Cream Chaat Recipe by Amber at The Recipes Pakistan


Adeni Beetroot Salad by A Yemeniah's Recipes

Fruit Chaat- Peach Salad in the Pakistani Manner by Shayma Saadat of Spice Spoon




Garlic-Herb Potato Salad by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Classic Macaroni Salad by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy




Main Meals

Easy chicken shwarma - Chicken pieces sprinkled with garam masala and sautéed in clarified butter.

Chicken Kabsa, Saudi Style Chicken and Rice by Coffee and Crumpets
Chicken shawarma by Swasthi


Lamb Curry by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama

Simple Chicken Curry by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama

Persian lamb and chickpea stew (dizi) by Pheobe Wood for SBS TV

Pomegranate Stew with Chicken (Khoresh Fesenjan) by Sepi for AllRecipes

Turkish Soujouk Stew by Coffee and Crumpets  - made with dried sausages




Indian Mustard Fish by AllRecipes - "traditional Bengali (East Indian) dish. It is easy to make and usually prepared using hilsa fish. However salmon or cod can be used instead."

Tunisian Lamb with Saffron (Keleya Zaara) by Asma Khalfaoui at AllRecipes 

Chicken Jalfarezi by Wajiha Khan at AllRecipes

Stir-fried Egg Noodles with Vegetables by Nora El-Sadat for Fustany

Baked Potatoes by Nora El-Sadat for Fustany - layers of potatoes, soft sour cream, melted cheese and crunchy beef bacon.

Peri Peri Chicken Steak b Fauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun

Delicious Stuffed Eggplant by Maya Kitchenette


Cajun Chicken Pasta by the Fustany team

Maqluba, the national dish of Palestine by Holly Warah at Arabic Zeal


Chicken Pasta by Cook with Anisa

Chicken Meatballs Recipe by Amber from Recipes Pakistan

Healthy and Easy Roast Chicken and Vegetables by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama



Tadjine Zeitoun bel Hout (Algerian Fish with Olives) by Tadjine Farouzy The Teal Tajine 

Arabian Chicken Kofta bFauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun

Saucy Baked Tandoori Fish bFauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun


Al-Baik Style Broast/Fried Chicken bFauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun

One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken and Veggies by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy


Smoothies, Milkshakes, Juices and Teas

Dry date drink by Swasthi - South Indian drink used to prevent dehydration.

Barley Water by Swasthi - used in Singapore during the hot summers.


Watermelon Lemonade by Maya Kitchenette




Banana Diaquiri by Spice Stores

Rooh Afza Pink Lady drink by Spice Stores

Vegan Mango Lassi by Lins Food

Strawberry Cooler by Lins Food


White Chocolate and Raspberry Frappé by Lins Food
Pineapple milkshake by Swasthi - using nut milk


Mango Almond Smoothie by Swasthi - a vegan version


Shekanjavi by Umm Salihah of Happy Muslim Mama - delicious home made Pakistani lemonade

Orange Pineapple Honey Smoothie by Sangeetha of Kothiyavanu


Mango Peach and Strawberry Smoothie by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Mango Green Tea Smoothie by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Peach & Oat Breakfast Smoothie by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Pina Colada Floats by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Watermelon Lemonade by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Sparkling Honey Limeade by Jaclyn at Cooking Classy

Yemeni Lemonade b Fauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun

Lemon & Jaggery Drink (Nimbu aur Gur ka Sharbat) by Preeti Tamilarasan for Jopreets Kitchen - helps in clearing impurities from the body and especially the liver

Mausambi Shikanji (Sweet Lime Juice – flavored with Mint & Ginger) by Preeti Tamilarasan for Jopreets Kitchen

Orange & Cardamom Sharbat by Preeti Tamilarasan for Jopreets Kitchen

Sharbat from Azerbaijan by Mike and Vera of 196 Flavors - pomegranate, lemon and mint versions 



Lebanese Rose Drink (Sharab Ward) - delicious pink drink tfrom The Complete Middle East Cookbook By Tess Mallos via Food.com

Mango Iced Tea by chef Gurbir Singh, executive chef, Hotel Babylon International, Raipur, for Indusparent


Strawberry Lemonade by Annie of Annie's Noms

Kuwaiti Traditional Tea by AllRecipes

Minty-Lime Iced Tea bFauzia Afif of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun

Easy Refreshing Summer Drinks by Maya Kitchenette - Vegan Mango and Orange Smoothie, Non-Alcoholic Sangria, Vegan Raspberry and Coconut Smoothie, Orange Julius, Cucumber Lemonade and watermelon, lychee and ice cream soda mocktail.

23 Delicious Non-Alcoholic Cocktails by Mackenzie Kruvant at Buzzfeed including Ginger Lime Fizz, Watermelon Ginger Spritzer, Strawberry Pineapple Shaker, Jalapeño Watermelon Agua Fresca, Ombré Grapefruit Cocktail and Blueberry Maple Mojito Mocktail



Desserts

Bramble, Aniseed and Pistachio Gulgulay (Doughnuts) by Summaya Usmani

Luqaimat - Arabic Doughnuts With Orange Blossom Syrup by Coffee and Crumpets


Orange and Date Brownies by Betty Crocker



Dates and Walnut Kheer by Praveen Gonsalves for NDTV

Date Pancakes by Chef Lo Ka Yan for NDTV - fried layers of dough with a date filling.

Dates Halwa by Niru Gupta for NDTV 


Rice Pudding With Dates by Mary Green for AllRecipes


Pistachio Rosewater Cake by Betty Crocker

Gulab Jamun by Asbah Aleana of A Muslim Mama

Lab E Shireen by Sadaf Abbasi for Archana's Kitchen - vermicelli cooked in milk, custard - adorned with jelly and rasgullas

Atar Simple Syrup by Holly Warah at Arabic Zeal - a sugar syrup that is used to bathe, soak or sprinkle on various sweets. It’s scented with orange blossom water, rose water or both


Ramadan Recipe Roundup

Vegan and Raw Ramadan Recipes by One Arab Vegan

Nestle Ramadan Recipes - Appetizers, main dishes and desserts including eggplant musakaa, mansaf and Kuwaiti lamb biryani

Iftar Recipes by Swasthi of Swasthi's Recipes including date nut balls, oatmeal pancakes, chicken pakora's, paneer roll, date halwa, and badam milk (almond milk) from the quick menu.


18 Sweet and Savory Tasty Date Recipes for Ramadan by Amnah Ibrahim for Disney Baby
24 Easy Ramadan Recipes That Will Keep You Energized All Month Long by Carol Kuruvilla at the Hufington Post

10 delicious and easy-to-make Iftar recipes for the month of Ramadan by the Indian Express including Malabar moplah kozi, mutton resala, mango kasur kulfi, Manglorean chicken ghee roast, Kapitan chicken curry, haleem Hara Bhara kebab, kheer badshahi and makanay ki kheer.

30 Snacks and Appetizer Recipes for Ramadan by Indian Khana - lots of different types of cutlets, pakora's (fritters) and vegetarian recipes.

Traditional Moroccan Ramadan Recipes by Christine Benlafqui for The Spruce - including Harira Soup, Halwa Chebakia, Stuffed Dates, Hssoua Belboula (Barley Soup with Milk) and Moroccab Pancakes.

10 Delicious Pakistani Ramadan Recipes You Should Try by StyleCraze including bread rolls, tikka samosa's, sweetcorn fritters, Ghilafi kebabs, noodle kebabs, Sofiyani Biryani and keema karela.

Los Angeles Times Ramadan Recipes - including rice pudding, baklawa and gullac (Turkish dessert made with milk, pomegranate and pastry especially in Ramadan)

Nutella® Ramadan recipes - including Nutella® Umm Ali, Strawberry and Nutella® samosas, Basbousa, date truffles, konafa and qatayef.

Ramadan recipes and Ramadan food by SBS TV, over 65 recipes

56 Traditional Dishes to Serve During Ramadan by AllRecipes, including suhoor dishes


Spice Stores Ramadan Recipes including Seekh Kebab Roll, Fruit Chaat, Dahi Bondi Chaat, Pani Puri, Gola Kebab Wraps, Vegetable Cutlet Sandwich, Biryani and Achar Ghosht

Betty Crocker Ramadan Recipes

Ramadan Recipes by Lins Food - including Baba Ganoush, Baklava, Beef Shigureni, Chow Mein, Turkish Salad, Onion Bhajis, Tagines, Mahalabia and Musakhan.

Ramzan Recipes by Indian Mirror - including Syrian Bread, Fig and Lemon Chicken, Moroccan Soup and Jarjeer salad

Ramadan Recipes by Archana's Kitchen including Pakistani Bhuna Ghosht, Chicken Malai Kebab, Mutton Keema samosa, Mutton Shami Kebab and Vegetable Biryani with Chatpata Aloo

39 Recipes That You Can Cook During Ramadan by Malvika Hada for Arhana's Kitchen

Homey’s Guide to Healthy Ramadan Recipes - a free s-book by Beat Diabetes

Ramadan Recipes by Vera and Mike of 196 Flavors - including Harcha, Baghrir crepes and Pastilla from Morocco, Griouech and Makroud from Algeria

Ramadan Recipes by ARY Zauq - including Chocolate Jalebi, Crispy Aalu Qeema Rolls, Potato Cheese Rolls and Dahi Baray

Ramadan Special Recipes by Hungry Forever - including Kuwaiti Chicken Biryani, Cauliflower Pakoda, KFC style fried chicken and fish cutlets.

85 Ramadan Iftar Recipes / Ramzan Recipes by Jopreets Kitchen - incuding appetisers, main course and drinks.




Facebook Groups


Curry on Halima - my go to site for unbeatable recipes

Ramadan recipes By Honufa

Salma's Recipes

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Useful Blogs and Websites for Ramadan Recipes

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun by Fauzia Afif - one of my favourite cooking websites

Food.com Ramadan Recipes

Ramadan Recipes by Yvonne Maffei of My Halal Kitchen

Ramadan Main Dishes by the New York Times Cooking Blog


Ramadan recipes to share with family and friends by the Telegraph

Ramadan Recipes - Snacks for Ramadan or Iftar by Cooking with Thas

Ramadan Iftar Recipes by K FoodsCoffee & Crumpets Ramadan Recipes

Ramadan Recipes at Epicurious

Healthy Ramadan Recipes for Suhoor and Iftar by the Health Site, using oatmeal, quinoa and couscous

Ramadan Recipes and Traditions by Whats4Eats

Ramadan Recipes by Zaiqa

Ramadan Recipes by Gournet Egypt

Cook with Anisa

The Teal Tajine by Tadjine Farouzy