It's that time of the year. oh yes Ramadan is here! Ramadan. The holy month when Muslims fast from sunrise (sahour) to sunset (Iftar). Where our thoughts are to be kept pure. No eating, no drinking, no idle chatter, no sinful acts.
To my brothers and sisters in Islam, I say Ramadan Kareem. Alhamdulilahi for the mercy from God to make us see and experience another fasting period. He is Ar Raman, Ar Raheem (the most beneficient, the most merciful).
To the readers who have asked for a meal plan for Ramadan, it was inevitable not to put one up, not just because as a food blogger it is my job, but because I am a muslim and I am happy to be able to be of service to my fellow muslims. So here we go:
Two main meals are served during Ramadan namely: The Sahour and the Iftar. Sahur is served before dawn and Iftar after sunset. Sahour tends to be a heavy meal as it is what is meant to last one throughout the day. Before I commence on a meal plan, here are 10 useful tips in planning Ramadan meals.
K's Cuisine tips on Ramadan meal
1) Avoid carbonated beverages and caffeinated drinks (caffeinated drinks makes one loose water faster via urination)
2) Avoid foods high in fat
3) Eat Fruits, vegetables, grains and beans
4) Avoid overeating
5) Sahour should be a filling meal to provide enough energy for many hours
6) Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. (Water and fruit juices)
7) Break fast with Dates and also eat dates at Sahour (If you would like to emulate the tradition of Prophet Muhammed- Peace be upon him). Also dates provides energy which is much needed during this time.
8) Let your meal consist of the 5 food groups
9) Avoid fast burning and heavily processed food
10) Plan meal ahead
Now on to the meal planner. This year Ramadan starts on Sunday so here is a meal planner for week 1.
Basmati or brown Rice with Vegetable Chicken curry
Dates , Pistachio nuts
Freshly squeezed orange juice and water
Pap or Custard with Moin Moin
Bulghur wheat fufu and Efo riro with beef and assorted meat or
Eba with Edikang Ikong with beef and assorted meat
Fruit Salad, Water
Boiled potatoes, baked beans and chicken
Pounded yam with Groundnut soup with beef or chicken or fish or
Semolina, lumpy egusi with vegetable (oshiki) and meat, assorted meats or fish
Tropical fruit juice or fruit Salad, Water
Fried rice, vegetable salad and barbequed chicken
Amala, Eba or groundrice with ila asepo with fish, beef and assorted meat or
Tuwo shinkafa with Miyan kubewa, beef, assorted meat and fish
Fresh fruits, Water
Jollof beans with Agege bread
Amala, gbegiri and Ewedu with beef and assorted meat or
Tuwo, Gbegiri and ewedu with assorted meat
Fresh fruits, Water
Boiled yam, corned beef stew, and steamed mixed vegetables
Jollof rice, moin moin , plantain with grilled fish
Fresh fruits or fruit juice, Water
Peppersoup, Apple Cinnamon bread and akara
Recipes for the above meals can be found on the blog with the exception of Tuwo and Miyan Kubewa which will be posted on the blog soon.
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