[Updated 5 April 2021]
Ramadan is just three days away! As we prepare to greet this blessed month and start fasting, it also means one thing: thinking up of sahur meals! Planning ahead and finding easy meals to make and eat for sahur is a pretty good idea, as not many of us have the brainpower to think of it at 4AM in the morning ?
To help you, we've come up with the perfect compilation - 30 sahur meal recipes, one for every day of the fasting month!
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1. Eggs on toast
It's little wonder that eggs are a go-to for sahur meals - these convenient sources of protein are quick to cook and you can tailor it to your liking. Whether you like your eggs scrambled, sunny-side up or soft-boiled, serve with some crusty toast and you're good to go! If you have time, feel free to add sides like sauteed mushrooms.
2. Rice with fried egg and soy sauce
Ahhh, the old classic. Many of us have eaten this dish from when we were children. It also makes for a quick sahur meal - especially when you have leftover rice from iftar the previous day (or if you're the kind to plan ahead, keep supplies of cooked rice in your freezer!). When you get up in the morning for sahur, simply reheat the rice, cook up your eggs, and pour soy sauce to taste. If you need a heartier meal, keep some frozen chicken drummets in your freezer and air-fry or microwave them in the morning to accompany your meal.
3. Chapati and dhal
Often seen as the healthier alternative to roti canal, chapati is a nice light meal to have in the early hours of the morning for sahur. You can make your own chapati at home (you'd only need wheat flour, water and salt), but we're guessing no one wants to be rolling out and cooking chapati at 4am ?Get frozen chapati from your supermarket to keep in your fridge or order some the night before from your favourite mamak
store. If you're using frozen chapati and can't get your hands on dhal, try other pairings like sardines, leftover dishes or ready-to-eat dishes (like the kind you can get from Brahim's!).
4. Peanut butter and banana on toast
Peanut butter and bananas are a match made in heaven, and toasted bread makes the perfect vehicle to carry them both! Just slather on the peanut butter, top with banana slices and you're good to go. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of honey for some added flavour, or top with healthy extras like chia or flax seeds for some healthy fats.
Use wholemeal bread which is low-GI and high in fibre. That means you’ll feel fuller for a longer time as compared to eating white bread!
Make these the night before for a hassle-free sahur meal! For a basic recipe of overnight oats, mix a third of a cup of rolled oats and a tablespoon of chia seeds with a third of a cup of your milk of choice. Some people also add plain yoghurt (greek or normal) for some added protein! Then mix in your flavourings of choice, be it some mashed banana, maple syrup, peanut butter, cocoa butter, honey, etc. Leave overnight, and in the morning take it out, top with any add-ons (e.g. nuts, granola, cereal) and enjoy! You can also heat it up in the microwave if you prefer it warm.
If your overnight oats looks too thick, just add more milk and mix in until it loosens to the consistency of your liking.
6. Grilled cheese sandwich
Possibly one of the easiest and tastiest sandwiches to make! All you need is bread, any melty cheese of your liking, and butter. Heat a pan over medium heat over the stove, butter one side of a slice of bread and place it buttered side down on the hot pan. Put you cheese slice on it, butter another slice of bread, and place the bread buttered side up on the cheese. Let it grill on the pan for a couple minutes until the bottom slide is golden brown and toasty, then flip and cook the other side.
Add some sliced chicken or beef ham for a more filling sandwich!
7. Banana oatmeal pancakes
For a single serving, you'll need one medium-sized ripe banana, a quarter cup of rolled oats, one egg, a 1/4 tsp of baking powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. If you're doing this using a blender, just chuck everything in and blend until smooth. If you're doing it by hand, use a fork to mash up the banana, add everything and mix well until combined (though do note your pancakes will have more texture!). If you have extra time to spare, you can leave the batter to stand for a while (5 - 10 minutes) as this will let it thicken slightly, but if you're in a rush you can just head straight to the stove!
Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat and spray with oil or melt some butter in the pan. Bour your batter to make pancakes of your desired size. Let the batter cook for about a minute or so, until you can see bubbles forming on the surface, then flip over and let it cook for about a minute or two more. To make it a more filling meal, you can top your pancakes with things like a drizzle of peanut butter, nuts, chia seeds, more banana, maple syrup, or anything else that tickles your fancy!
8. Yoghurt and fruit bowls
Yoghurt bowls are some of the fastet sahur meals you can make - just scoop your yoghurt of choice into a bowl, mix-in sweeteners like honey or maple syrup and cinnamon, and top with fresh fruit, nuts, granola, peanut butter, chia or flax seeds, and more.
Greek yoghurt has higher protein content, and stick to natural yoghurts with less added sugars for a healthier option!
9. Tuna sandwiches
Time to go back to a classic with this simple sandwich! Buy tuna that already comes flavoured at the supermarket (e.g. mixed with mayonnaise or flavoured with chilli oil), or use plain tuna to mix up your own filling with condiments like mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice and more. Spread over bread and top with veggies you like (such as slice tomato and lettuce), and it's done!
10. Instant noodles
We all have instant noodles for sahur at some point every Ramadan, and will no doubt continue doing so this year too! This handy and convenient food that's ready in less than 5 minutes is just the thing when you're pressed for time. If you have more time though, jazz up you noodles with an egg, fresh veggies and other condiments of your liking (like serunding!).
11. Egg muffins
Egg muffins are the perfect protein-packed meal that you can make ahead of time! These muffins made with eggs can be filled with all kinds of fillings from veggies to mushrooms and cooked meats, so you can customise it to your liking. It's also very convenient as these can be made in advance - make a big batch then store in the fridge or freezer, re-heating them when it's sahur time! Check out this recipe over at Cafe Delites
that gives you an idea of all the different ways you can change up the fillings, as well helpful tips on how to store and re-heat your muffins.
12. Cucur udang (prawn fritters)
If you're looking for something savoury but not super heavy for sahur, cucur udang might just be the dish for you. These fritters made with prawns, scallions and other veggies aren't complicated to make and are best enjoyed with some Thai chilli dipping sauce on the side. For an easy recipe for making them check this one out by Nyonya Cooking.
13. Breakfast wraps
Breakfast wraps really just throws all your favourite breakfast foods into a wrap, which is, not surprisingly, very delicious! Assemble any fillings you want - scrambled eggs, sliced chicken ham or beef bacon, a hash brown, baby spinach, baked beans, anything really! Place it in a tortilla or wrap, roll up and voila! Breakfast wrap for a smashing sahur.
14. Baked oatmeal
Switch up your oatmeal for sahur by baking it! Using regular ingredients you'd use for your oatmeal anyway (like milk, cinnamon, some form of sweetener be it honey, sugar, or maple syrup, and of course, oats), you end up with a warm, firmer, almost bar-like version of oatmeal that's really bolstering to tuck into in the mornings. A quick google search will yield plenty of baked oatmeal recipes, but to get you started try this one by Gina Homolka on Skinnytaste
. Another nice thing about the recipe is that you can make it ahead and store it in the refrigerator too - all it takes is a quick reheat in the microwave.
15. Sardine rolls
Sardine rolls are another teatime snack that are great for sahur too. Basically made of bread that's spread with sardines, rolled up, dipped in a beaten egg and fried in oil, it's a light yet filling dish. You can just up your sardines by adding shallots, chillies and a squeeze of lime juice. Rolling out the bread beforehand helps to flatten it, so you can roll it up more easily with the filling. If you wanted to go the extra mile, you could even dip your sardine rolls in breadcrumbs (after dipping it in the egg) before frying.
If you're not familiar with what eggs in a basket are, it's essentially just a piece of bread in which a hole is cut out (you can use a cookie cutter or just the top of a glass or anything round-shaped in a pinch). The bread is pan-fried, and an egg is cracked into the hole, where it'll cook in the pan. Fry up the piece of bread you cut out int the pan too, and use that to dip in the cooked egg! Bon Appetite has a nice step-by-step recipe for eggs in a basket
(while the fancy artisanal bread is nice to have to make it, regular sliced bread from the supermarket is fine too!).
17. Fried Rice
Cook extra rice when you're making it for your iftar meals so you have leftover rice that you can then use for fried rice! This household favourite is an easy and convenient classic. For an easy shortcut, you can buy ready-made fried rice seasoning packets at the supermarket, so all you have to do is mix it in the pan with your rice in the morning. If you don't have a seasoning packet, no worries! Just use pantry staples like soy sauce, oyster sauce, or a bouillon cube to help give your fried rice flavour, along with an egg. Check out this recipe by The Recipe Critic
for an easy reference.
18. Smoothie bowls
If you like some cold, refreshing and sweet for your sahur, smoothie bowls are calling. They're usually packed with fruit like banana and berries, and you can put in veggies (like baby spinach or kale), yoghurt or protein powder, acai, peanut butter, and so much more. Smoothie bowls are insta-famous because they look so pretty but let's be honest, does anyone really want to spent time meticulously arranging sliced fruit on their smoothie bowl in the early morning? ?So they probably won't look as nice, but will be no less delicious! Check out this compilation by Tasty
to get some inspiration for your smoothie bowl combinations.
19. Wholemeal banana muffins
Sometimes, you just want a baked good in the early morning to enjoy alongside your hot beverage. If that's the case, wholemeal banana muffins are here to save the day! Making it with wholemeal flour (also known as wholewheat flour) makes it a little better than regular white flour, the bananas add a nice sweetness, and you can also add in nuts or spread them with peanut butter when eating them for some added healthy fats. This recipe by Cookie and Kate
is super easy to pull together and simply delicious!
20. Maggi goreng
Maggi goreng is much-loved dish when we're out at our favourite mamak
shops, but you can re-create this dish for an easy and indulgent sahur at home too! Top with a fried egg for maximum enjoyment. Check out this recipe by New Malaysian Kitchen
or this one by Maggi
for easy Maggi goreng.
21. French toast or eggy bread
French toast is really just bread dipped in a mixture of egg, milk, some sugar, vanilla extract and some cinnamon, before it's fried in some butter on a pan. How could it not be a delicious sahur option? If you're not in the mood for sweet french toast, then make eggy bread instead, which is pretty much the same concept minus the sugar and vanilla. While french toast is often served with maple syrup, honey or powdered sugar, eggy bread can be dipped in condiments like ketchup or any other sauce of your choosing.
22. Avocado toast
Getting in some healthy fats helps keep you satiated, which is why avocado toast is an awesome option for sahur. Simply mash some avocado with salt and pepper (and some lime juice if you prefer) and spoon this mixture over toasted bread. For some extra protein, you can top your toast with an egg too! It makes for a balance and filling meal.
23. Chicken wraps (or anything else)
Wraps are great vehicle for practically anything. Whether you have leftover chicken or meat, sausages, sliced chicken ham, hummus, tofu, or anything else, you can bung it a wrap along with some veggies and call it a full meal. For a convenient option, roast some chicken over the weekend (or get a rotisserie chicken if you can!), shred it up and keep it in a container. You can then pull it out to make chicken wraps for sahur for the week! Add chopped lettuce, avocado, your favourite sauce and anything else you'd like.
Since you have wraps (for the chicken wraps above!) you should definitely make some quesadillas for sahur as well! This Mexican version of a cheese toastie is too delicious not to. You'll find countless quesadilla recipes online, but it doesn't really matter as you can put whatever you like. Just put your fillings on one side of the tortilla, scatter over grated cheese, then fold the other side of the tortilla over so you have a half-moon. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, then once it's hot, lift your half-moon and put it in the pan (you don't even need to oil the pan first!). Press down on the tortilla with a spatula or similar implement so everything can heat through, the cheese will melt and will seal everything together nicely, and the tortilla will get brown and crispy - this will take just a few minutes. Flip it over and let the other side of the quesadilla get nice and toasty too. Then slide it out onto a chopping board, cut into triangles, and you have a quesadilla!
25. Sardines cooked in sambal and bread
Jazz up your humble can of sardines by cooking it with sambal (like in this recipe by Limau Nipis
!). It adds a spicy kick that makes it delectable. Just get a some bread ready to dunk it in the sambal and enjoy!
26. Japanese-style egg sandwiches
Who doesn't love a good egg sandwich? Especially when they're tamago sando, the Japanese version of egg sandwiches you'd usually find in convenience stores like 7-Eleven and Lawson's. The secret is in the mayonnaise (Kewpie mayo!) and the bread. While we can't find the exact bread used in Japan here, that shouldn't stop you from making it, since it's so easy! Check out this recipe by Just One Cookbook
and get to making your own tamago sando.
27. Dim sum
You might get bored of certain items like bread or eggs in the morning and might be looking for something different to tempt your appetite in the mornings. When this happens, why not reach into your freezer and pull out a secret weapon in the form of frozen dim sum and pau buns? With a variety of halal dim sum and pau now available at supermarket (even including healthier options with those made of wholemeal flour), these convenient options usually only require a short time steaming before they're ready to serve! And who wouldn't love a warm fluffy red bean bun or chicken siew main for sahur?
28. Soft-boiled eggs and kaya toast
The OG pairing if there ever was one! To make the soft-boiled eggs, bring a pot of water to a boil (enough for the eggs to be submerged in), then turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove. Lower your eggs (room temperature is best, to avoid cracking) into the pot, then cover the pot with the lid and set the timer for 7 minutes. In the meantime, toast your bread and spread with butter and kaya (or any condiment of your choice!). When the seven minutes are up, take out your eggs and serve immediately. Add soy sauce and pepper (white pepper, if you want to be specific!) to taste. Serve alongside your toast and a hot beverage, and have a great sahur!
29. Crackers and Milo (or any other hot beverage)
Sometimes, you just want something light, easy and comforting. And when that's the case, what's better than a stack of crackers dipped in hot Milo or any other beverage of your choice? The combination of the creamy and lightly salted crackers being dunked in the hot drink is as nostalgic as it is satisfying. Perfect for someone who wants to get something in for sahur but doesn't have the appetite for a big meal.
We can't have a list of sahur foods without making a mention of dates! These energy-dense, fibre-rich morsels of sweetness are a classic go-to sahur food, especially when paired with a glass of milk. To spice things up, you could even whip up a date smoothies (like this one which has added peanut butter and banana)
to round out your sahur.