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Ramadan Food Prep

Ramadan is the month of fasting and spiritual reflection. It can be challenging to balance daily responsibilities, religious duties and cooking food during this time, but with some planning and effort, it is possible to make the most of the holy month. Here are some tips on how to balance time by preparing food in advance during Ramadan:

1. Choose meals that are easy to prepare. Since fasting is a requirement during

Ramadan, you want to select meals that don’t take too long to prepare so

that you can save time for other activities.

2. Make a shopping list ahead of time. Before you start shopping for meal

ingredients, make sure to plan out what you need by writing a shopping list.

This will help keep you on track and save time in the shop.

3. Stock up on staples. Purchase items that can be used in various dishes to save

money and time while meal prepping. Examples include grains, vegetables,

nuts, dried fruits, flour, spices and rice.

4. Prepare your food in bulk. Save time and energy by making large portions of

food. This will leave leftovers that can be stored and reused for the next day’s

iftar or even suhoor. Things that can be made in bulk are haleem, kichri/kisuri,

dhal, samosas, curries and pastries.

5. Freeze it up. If there is leftover food you know won’t be eaten in the next day

or two, then freeze it immediately. Having cooked food in the freezer can be a lifesaver when you do not have the energy to cook too many dishes. Make

sure frozen food is thawed properly before eating.

6. Save money by preparing food from scratch. Instead of buying tins of

chickpeas, try getting a large packet of dried chickpeas, soak them overnight

and boil them before Ramadan. Then freeze them in freezer bags and use

them when needed.

7. Use ready-made garlic and ginger paste rather than making it fresh everyday. These can be found in jars or frozen cubes.

8. Make onion curry paste beforehand for curries and freeze them in portions,

ready for use later.

9. Get creative with food storage. Look for new and innovative ways to store

your food. Invest in sealed containers, freezer bags and other storage tools so

that you can preserve your food.

Ramadan Mubarak!