5 Tips for Preparing & Organizing the Ramadan Kitchen in Dubai

 

Tackling a month's worth of meals during Ramadan might seem similar to tackling a usual month's meals, except for one key difference: You're fasting for most of the time you'd usually spend doing meal prep. Trying to doing that on a nearly empty stomach isn't exactly easy. That's why taking the time to get ahead before Ramadan begins is so important. It not only makes getting the two meals of the day — suhoor (before sunrise) and iftar (after sunset) — to the table easier, but it also gives you more time to your family during this holiday.

 

1. Stock ton dry goods.
Prepping for the month begins with a large shop of most Ramadan dry staples, such as chickpea flour for pakoras; semolina for pudding; basmati rice; chickpeas; and spices like cardamon, cumin, nigella seeds, coriander, and cinnamon. Having a fully stocked pantry not only means you have many of the ingredients needed for meals at your fingertips, but it also means fewer trips to the grocery store. Try to minimize the number of trips you make to the grocery store during Ramadan, because shopping when your hungry always results in overbuying

2. Always have plenty of pita.
Add pita to the equation of any suhoor and iftar meal and it's instantly more filling and satisfying. It's fuss-free and always a crowd-pleaser. "One of my favorite things to keep on hand during Ramadan is pita bread. It helps when you are looking to quickly finish your dawn (suhoor) meal

3. Clean your house.
As Ramadan approaches, try to do a summer cleaning of sorts, This includes the whole house. While we're fasting, it's quite hard to do strenuous household chores, so taking care of the vacuuming and basically cleaning everything is easier when you can eat! It also helps to concentrate on the real purpose of Ramadan — worship and family — if you are not worried about cleaning this and that. It also doesn't hurt that your house will be sparkling clean when any family or friends arrive for iftar. You can always get in touch with us :)

4. Load up the freezer.
Just like the pantry, it's equally important to stock the freezer. In Ramadan, late nights and early hours make it hard to sleep and wake up. We have late nights at the mosque and then get up early for the pre-dawn meal, so it's hard to get the motivation to even get groceries sometimes. It's much easier to have the staples at hand and meat in the freezer.

5. Create weekly menus.
"Prepping for Ramadan means creating a weekly menu with a plan for what you will make for iftar," Starting Ramadan with a game plan will definitely make the month's meals less overwhelming and you'll be ready to tackle it with ease.

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