5 RECIPES FROM 5 COUNTRIES TO TRY THIS RAMADAN By Abinaya Rajagopal - March 14, 2024

Ramadan, a period when Muslims all around the world practice self-restraint, a time for exercising self-control over the various indulges the world has to offer in order to attain spirituality. 

One of the traditions followed during Ramadan is fasting. It is a core principle of Islam where one abstains from food, drink and sinful activities from dawn till dusk. The fast-breaking meal after sunset is called Iftar while the meal you have before sunrise is called Suhoor.

With the rise of the crescent moon on 10th March 2024, the auspicious season of Ramadan has officially begun. 

Embrace this holy season to embark on a culinary journey from around the globe. From the rich tapestry of flavours and spices of Morrocoo to the comforting Burbur Lambuk of Malaysia, let your kitchen become a melting pot of cultural cuisine as you share the joy of food and togetherness with those closest to you. 

Here is a curation of five recipes for you to try out: 

1. Moroccan Harira Soup


Tracing back its origin to Moroccan cuisine, the Harira is not only a scrumptious soup ideal for chilly days but also a comforting bowl packed full of nutrients. 

  • Make this hearty soup by heating olive oil/vegetable oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. 
  • Sauté finely diced onions, minced garlic, and chopped celery until they turn tender. 
  • Fry some ground cumin, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and a dash of saffron threads until fragrant. 
  • To the pot, add diced tomatoes, overnight-soaked chickpeas, and lentils of your choice (preferably brown), followed by vegetable or chicken broth. 
  • Bring the medley to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it gently simmer until the lentils reach a tender consistency or until you see white bubbles sitting on top of the pot. 
  • Stir occasionally. 
  • Just before serving, add in some freshly chopped parsley, cilantro, and a splash of lemon juice to offset the flavours. 
  • Serve with a side of some crusty bread to complete this satisfying meal and indulge! 

    2. Lebanese Sfouf Cake

The Lebanese Sfouf cake, an almond-semolina delight with a vibrant hue courtesy of turmeric, is a perfectly sweet dessert to try out this Ramadan. 

  • Start by preheating your oven to 175°C (350°F) and greasing a baking pan. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix semolina flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, turmeric, and a pinch of salt. 
  • In another bowl, combine tahini paste and vegetable oil until smooth. 
  • Gradually incorporate the wet batter into the mixed dry ingredients. 
  • Transfer the batter to the greased pan, smoothing the surface with a spatula. 
  • Sprinkle pine nuts, almonds or any nuts of your choice atop the smoothened batter. 
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 
  • After baking, allow the Sfouf cake to cool briefly in the pan before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. 
  • Now, slice, serve, and savour this taste of Lebanese delicacy alongside a steaming cup of tea or coffee.   

    3. Turkish Chicken Rice Pilaf 

Infused with fragrant herbs and spices, a one-pot recipe, the tantalizing Chicken Rice Pilaf from the land of Turkey is a must-try for this Ramadan. 

  • In a large skillet, heat some olive oil over medium heat and sauté diced chicken breast with some salt until beautifully golden. 
  • Set aside the chicken and in the same skillet, cook finely chopped onions and garlic in some butter until they turn translucent. 
  • Add washed long-grain rice and stir until it's coated in the onion mixture. 
  • Pour in some chicken broth, bring to a boil, and then simmer the mixture covered until the rice is tender and has absorbed the flavorful liquid. 
  • Reintroduce the cooked chicken to the skillet and gently fold it into the rice. 
  • Chop some fresh herbs like parsley, dill, and mint and sprinkle generously onto the mixture. 
  • Plate up the Chicken Rice Pilaf accompanied by a dollop of yogurt or a crisp salad and enjoy! 

    4. Egyptian Salata Baladi

Discover the traditional taste of Egypt with the vegan Salata Baladi, a refreshing salad perfect for Suhoor. 

  • In a large bowl, combine finely diced ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, chopped cucumbers and bell peppers of your choice. 
  • Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, followed by a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and a seasoning of salt and freshly ground black pepper. 
  • Gently toss the salad to meld the flavours together, finishing it off with a sprinkle of fragrant chopped parsley and a touch of tangy sumac for a citrusy twist. Serve this delightful salad as a revitalizing side dish or even as a light and nutritious meal to start your day with or break your fast with.  

5. Bubur Lambuk

Experience the heartwarming flavours of Malaysia with the Bubur Lambuk, a porridge that not only satisfies the palate but also embodies the spirit of community and gratitude during Ramadan.

  • In a pot, begin by simmering a mixture of rice and assorted lentils until they reach a creamy consistency. 
  • In a separate pan, saute finely diced onions, garlic, and ginger until it’s fragrant, and then add ground beef or chicken cooking it until it’s browned. 
  • Introduce a blend of aromatic spices including cinnamon, cloves, star anise, ground coriander, and cumin. 
  • Stir occasionally to infuse the flavours. 
  • Combine the spiced meat mixture with the rice and lentil porridge, allowing the flavours to meld. 
  • Serve hot, garnished with crispy fried shallots, fresh cilantro, and a splash of lime juice. 

With these five recipes, you're ready to impress your loved ones with your cooking skills. Dive into the kitchen and show off your talent, turning simple meals into memorable experiences for your friends and family!


By Abinaya Rajagopal - March 14, 2024

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