Ramadan is just around the corner and there's no better time than now to prep your home with essential pantry staples! While it's common for people to dine out, buy food from bazaars and order delivery, a well-stocked kitchen is always a good idea for those days you're whipping up sahur or iftar on your own. Kick start your grocery shopping using this list of pantry staples that'll help you prepare for the upcoming Ramadan ?
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One of the most popular sahur meals is oats - more specifically overnight oats! Easy, quick and incredibly convenient, it should be one of your must-have staples in your pantry. All you have to do is make it the night before for a hassle-free sahur meal and top it with any add-ons (e.g. nuts, granola, cereal) in the morning when you take it out.
2. Peanut butter
If there's one spread to add to your shopping cart, it's peanut butter. Slather it on a piece of toast for sahur and you'll have yourself a delicious, filling meal. You can even have it as a healthy post-terawih snack by cutting up some apple slices and enjoying it with a dollop of peanut butter on the side.
3. Canned food
From baked beans and sardines to tuna, there are a variety of ways you can use canned food. They're a great option for when you're strapped for time and need to quickly whip up something that can fill up your stomach. Not to mention, you can add it to your main meals and have grilled tuna sandwiches and baked bean pasta.
Dates are a very common fruit that you typically see in Muslim households during Ramadan. Many people eat dates for iftar because it's high in sugar and other minerals, which gives you the energy to make you feel rejuvenated after long hours of fasting. Plus, it happens to be one of the Sunnahs of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
5. Instant food
We've all had those days when we miss our alarms and scramble out of bed to fix sahur. For situations like these, having instant food in your kitchen will definitely come in handy. It also makes for a great late-night comfort food!
6. Grains and starches
Grains and starches are a must-have at every meal, especially for iftar as they are a great source of carbohydrates. Have a variety of it on hand and feel free to make all kinds of dishes. Rice, noodles, pasta - you name it!
7. Snacks and beverages
Having late-night hunger pangs or feeling peckish after having your iftar? Make sure you keep your pantry well-stocked with snacks and beverages! It's nice to be able to treat yourself after a whole day of fasting. If you prefer snacking, go ahead and fill your pantry with popcorn, almonds and kuih raya. For those who love a nice, cold drink, get yourself a variety of soft drinks, juices and iced teas.