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. Chocolate Strawberry Oat Milkshake
Here's something sweet to wake you up and excite you for sahur. It's perfect for any ages so no need to be shy! Not to mention, it's super easy to make and filling too.
2 sachets of Oatbedient Chocolate Oat Milk
360ml of water
½ cup of frozen strawberries
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
- Combine all the ingredients in your blender and enjoy a thick and creamy Chocolate Strawberry Milkshake.
2. Banana Oat Milk Pancakes
Banana Oat Milk Pancakes are the best way to start the day if you're looking for something that isn't too heavy on the belly!
1 cup of Oatbedient Oat M!lk Barista
1 cup of rolled oats
1 cube of butter
Your favourite sliced fruits
- Add rolled oats, Oatbedient Oat M!lk Barista and banana to the blender.
- Blend till the batter is well-mixed and smooth.
- Heat pan over low-medium heat.
- Add a cube of butter to the pan and let it melt.
- Pour the pancake better into the pan.
- Cook the pancake until the bottom is golden brown.
- Flip the pancake over and continue cooking until the other side is golden brown as well.
3. Eggs on toast
4. 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.
5. 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.
#HHWT tip: 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!
7. Overnight oats
#HHWT Tip: If your overnight oats looks too thick, just add more milk and mix in until it loosens to the consistency of your liking.
8. 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.
#HHWT Tip: Add some sliced chicken or beef ham for a more filling sandwich!
10. Banana oatmeal pancakes
12. Yoghurt and fruit bowls
#HHWT Tip: Greek yoghurt has higher protein content, and stick to natural yoghurts with less added sugars for a healthier option!
11. Tuna sandwiches
12. 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!).
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
19. Fried Rice
20. Smoothie bowls
21. Wholemeal banana muffins
22. 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.
23. French toast or eggy bread
23. Avocado toast
25. Chicken wraps (or anything else)
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!
27. 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!
28. 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.
30. 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?
BONUS: 31. 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!
32. 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.