Its no secret that our routines are a little less than ideal during the month of Ramadan. If you’re someone who enjoys a hefty, indulgent iftar and then struggles to eat enough nourishing food between iftar and sehri, here are a few Ramadan dinner ideas that are both filling and light on the stomach!
Rice dishes like pulao and biryani are a great way to combine protein, carbs, and essential veggies without having to put multiple dishes on the table. You can minimize the amount of oil you use and increase the amount of protein or vegetables based on your preference.
Pair your rice with a refreshing mint or tamarind chutney and some raita and you’ve got a flavorful meal that isn’t heavy on your stomach and relatively easy to digest.
If you want to take a non-desi route with your rice, you could always experiment with vegetable, egg, or chicken fried rice and pair it with some lightly grilled chicken and veggies or even your favorite Chinese dishes. Just make sure to swap out grilling the chicken instead of frying it!
Noodles and Pastas
Noodles have a similar advantage to rice dishes. You can add your protein and vegetables all in one pan and not have to worry about the hassle of curries and individual rotis.
The trick to making sure your noodles and pasta are light enough to not give you a sickly heaviness is to stay away from creamy, white sauce based pastas. Use cheese and salt scarcely as it may cause thirstiness and be generous with the vegetables and protein you are adding to provide nourishment and
Some of our favorite noodle dishes are spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and qeema, chicken or veggie chowmein.
We strongly believe you should have a batch of kebabs in the freezer at all times. Not only are they great to beat random hunger pangs, you can always throw them in a sandwich with your favorite toppings, eat alongside some roasted or boiled veggies, or with a nice hearty paratha.
Finally, an evergreen winner when it comes to Ramadan dinner ideas is a nice, tasteful sandwich. The best thing about this is that you can make it as heavy or light as you want.
Some of our favorite ideas are; egg salad sandwiches, chicken club sandwich, pulled chicken or pulled beef sandwich with coleslaw, tikka chunks and cheese sandwich, grilled cheese and tomato sandwich, kebab sandwich, roasted veggie sandwich, eggs and sausage breakfast sandwich.
What’s your favorite Ramadan snacks or meals? Share in the comments below!