Fail-proof Ramadhan recipes for Iftar and Suhoor

Ramadhan recipes

Join me this Ramadhan to enjoy the Ramadhan recipes, customs and traditions of the Cape Muslims; descendants of political prisoners, slaves and migrants from the Dutch and British colonies of South East Asia.

Our cuisine, customs and genetics had their roots in both that of the colonized and the colonizer, as well as the plethora of migrants that landed on our shores since the middle of the 17th century.

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Every group brought with them the food and culture of their homeland and over time they adapted it to suit the available produce, the climate and the economic realities of life as an enslaved people. Modern day Cape Malay cooking bears very little resemblance to it’s historical forerunner and it appears that the only thing that we have retained are names of fruits, vegetables or the occasional dish that sounds vaguely familiar.

If you are observing the fast for Ramadhan, what are the traditions or customs of your family or community at large?

My favorite Ramadhan tradition is our custom of exchanging plates of sweet and savory snacks with our neighbors for breaking the fast. It is one I have missed most during my time in Dubai because it exemplifies the spirit of sharing and caring during Ramadhan. I realised recently that many of my favorite iftar treats were the ones that we received from our neighbors and my Aunty Gadija who lives at the end of our road. Even now, the items I crave for at iftar are the snacks that Aunty Dija used to make: fluffy daltjies, basboosa and gulab jamboo.

Our family favorite Ramadhan recipes use basic pantry ingredients and under current lockdown conditions when many ingredients are either out of stock or not available, we will be keeping it simple. Do you have any favorite Ramadhan recipes that you would like to share with us?

Most of us will spend this Ramadhan under lockdown in our respective homes and be unable to attend congregational prayers or socialise with family and friends around iftar feasts. May Allah make it easy for you and your families and protect you during this strange period of isolation and quarantine.

Read more: What is Ramadhan and why do Muslims fast?

Ramadhan Recipes for Suhoor

Low Carb Healthy Berry Smoothie
This Low Carb Healthy Berry Smoothie with blueberries and raspberries contains fibre, healthy fats, protein and essential vitamins and nutrients to keep you satiated until lunch time.
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Low Carb Healthy Berry Smoothie
Mieliepap with fresh berries (Maize meal porridge)
Creamy smooth white cornmeal porridge flavored with cinnamon and cardamom and sweetened with honey and served with fresh berries.
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Mieliepap with fresh berries and honey
Shakshuka - Poached eggs in spicy tomato sauce
This healthy and nutritious one pan Shakshuka recipe is a popular breakfast, brunch or dinner meal of eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce.
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Ottolenghi's Shakshuka
Greek yogurt and Granola breakfast bowl
This delicious and creamy Greek Yogurt and Granola Breakfast bowl consists of Greek yogurt topped with easy homemade granola, berries and edible flowers.
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Greek yogurt and granola with berries
Dairy free Overnight Muesli and Oats
This dairy free overnight muesli and oats breakfast combines the creaminess of almond and coconut milk with sweet raisins, raspberries and pomegranate and the crunch of hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds.
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Overnight dairy free muesli and oats
Toasted Luxury Berry Nut Muesli
This gluten free Toasted Luxury Berry Nut Muesli is brimming with toasted hazelnuts, sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds and delicious dried berries and has no added sugars or oils.
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Big bowl of Toasted Luxury Berry Nut Muesli
Easy Homemade Granola recipe
My easy homemade granola recipe is full of dried berries and nuts for a luxurious breakfast that will keep you satisfied for hours.
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Easy Homemade Granola
Gluten free Keto Almond Coconut bread
Keto friendly, gluten free and grain free almond and coconut bread to satisfy the bread lover in you.
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Suhoor Ramadhan traditions - Almond and Coconut bread

 

Ramadhan Recipes for Iftar

Incredibly Easy Vegan Red Lentil soup
Simple and nutritious vegan red lentil soup that makes delicious light meal
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Iftar Ramadhan traditions -Red lentil soup
Creamy Mushroom soup
Earthy and rich mushroom soup generously seasoned and topped with a tangy mix of lemon zest, fried mushrooms and parsley
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Iftar Ramadhan traditions - Mushroom soup
Boeber
Cape Malay Boeber is a creamy, sweet and delicious milky beverage flavored with browned butter, cardamom and cinnamon and thickened with vermicelli and sago.
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Boeber
Falooda milkshake
Cape Malay falooda milkshake is sweetened with rose syrup and enriched with full cream ice cream for a refreshing and cooling beverage.
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Falooda milkshake
Cape Malay Cardamom bollas recipe
Light and airy yeast free doughnuts flavored with cardamom and dipped in a fragrant saffron and orange blossom syrup.
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Cardamom bollas with saffron syrup
Cape Malay Potato Koesister recipe (spiced doughnuts)
Cape Malay Potato Koesisters are fragrant and aromatic doughnuts spiced with powdered cinnamon, cardamom, mixed spice and ginger and uplifted with the heady scent of aniseed and freshly grated naartjie peel (mandarin orange or tangerine peel).
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Cape Malay Potato Koesisters with coffee for breakfast
South African Flapjacks
South African Flapjacks are very versatile pancakes and can be eaten sweet (with whipped cream, preserves or fruit curd) or savory (with butter and cheese).
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Flapjacks
Daltjies Spinach and Corn fritters
Daltjies or Spinach and Corn fritters are a delicious and easy to make Cape Malay appetiser, crispy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside.
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Daltjies Spinach and corn fritters
Sweet corn and polenta fritters
Pillowing fritters, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with little bursts of sweet corn.
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Sweet corn and polenta fritters

 

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