My Ramadhan Menu

by HGAT | June 13, 2016
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Earlier this week, I had a sudden realisation: Ramadhan was just around the corner, and I was far from ready for it. The fasts this year are going to be nineteen hours long and getting myself mentally prepared for the cooking part, especially on those weeknights after work, has been really difficult. Going to various shops just to collect fresh meat, special spices, and various other goods seemed exhaustive, and I wished that it was all in one place. 

I decided to make the journey to the nearest supermarket and, with a bunch of different recipe ideas, excitedly browsed the special Ramadhan aisles and halal butchers. I left with my arms full of shopping bags, headed straight over to Mum’s (because let’s face it, I’m a terrible cook!), and got going on a HGAT cook off!

I was able to come up with two menus; something for a weeknight when you’re in a pinch, and a more indulgent one for Eid. In this post, I’ll show you a short and sweet spread:

Corn in Coconut Cream
A typical Ramadhan staple in my house and one of the first things Mum taught me to make once I got married. Makai Paka (coconut corn) is super easy to make, takes no time at all, and is healthy for those watching your waistlines this month!

Ingredients

  • 2 packets of corn on the cob
  • 3 heaped tbsp coconut powder
  • 1 tin coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 heaped tsp of green chutney (coriander and green chillies blended together)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  1. Make a coconut-based sauce using coconut milk, coconut powder, turmeric, garlic paste, coriander leaves, green chilli, and fresh lemon juice, and leave to boil on the stove until it thickens and become a bright yellow.thumb_P1100029_1024
  2. In the meantime, chop the corn and leave to boil until tender, and then add into the coconut sauce.thumb_P1100050_1024
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  3. Let this simmer for 10 minutes so that the corn picks up the flavour, and then serve straight away with torn coriander on top.

Chebab
I bet you’re wondering what on earth a chebab is: Chicken + Kebab = Chebab! It’s a no frill, straightforward dish that Mum would serve us during the winter Ramadhans if she was short for time, especially when looking after her four kids.

Ingredients

  • 0.5kg Haji Baba chicken tikka, cut up
  • 5 lamb seekh kebabs
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 white onion
  • 3 tbsp yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Pinch of garam masala
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  1. Mix the chicken tikka with yoghurt, and place under the grill alongside the seekh kebabs.thumb_P1100091_1024
  2. In the meantime, slice up the onions and peppers, and cook in sunflower oil until soft.
  3. Once the chicken and kebab are done, cut them up into smaller pieces and put them in the pan with the onions, peppers, squeeze of lemon juice, and a pinch of garam masala, and toss together.thumb_P1100117_1024
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  4. Serve with yoghurt sauce (yoghurt, mint, coriander, and green chillies), ambli, and garlic and coriander naan.thumb_P1100175_1024
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Sev
Also known as vermicelli pudding, this creamy, indulgent dessert is a lovely and rich way to keep you full until sehri time, or perhaps even Iftar the next day.

Ingredients

  • 20g vermicelli
  • 2 cans of evaporated milk
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • pinch of saffron
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • dash of ground cardamom
  1. In a pan, pour in evaporated milk, condensed milk, saffron, a pinch of nutmeg, and ground cardamom, and a generous amount of vermicelli.IMG_6760
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  2. IMG_6764Put on the stove to cook until it thickens.IMG_6790
  3. Serve immediately with crushed almonds on top.IMG_6801

All three dishes took a total of an hour to put together from start to finish, and cost just £30 for a family of 5, and it is great for when you’re tired after a long day of work or chasing after the kids. If you do happen to have more time on your hand or have guests coming over, then stay tuned for my Eid menu which I will be putting up soon.

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  1. Reply

    Definitely going to try the corn in coconut cream one iftar. Looks delicious, All of it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Dawood
    • June 13, 2016
    Reply

    What a fun post for Ramadan!! Nice one HGAT 🙂 Is it pre-packaged meat or do they have a halal butchers in house? And all Asda locations or just a select few? Thank you

    • S
    • June 14, 2016
    Reply

    The coconut one…is it the same if you were using corn not on the cob? Thanks 🙂

    1. Reply

      Yup, you can use niblets too, fresh/frozen/canned 🙂

    • farah
    • June 14, 2016
    Reply

    love your post! thanks for sharing and Happy Ramadan!

    • Rukshana
    • June 21, 2016
    Reply

    Definitely going to try the Chebab recipe. Never heard of it before. Thank you for sharing this

    • Azziat
    • June 21, 2016
    Reply

    Hello HGAT, I shop at Asda all the time its the nearest supermarket to me. quick question is the quality of halal meat as good as you would get a butcher? if it is it would be so much more convenient for me to do all my shopping under one roof. Please let me know

    • Narigis
    • June 21, 2016
    Reply

    Thank you for your lovely post. I will definitely be trying out these recipes and will let you know how they turn out!!!

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