9 Pantry Staples And Household Essentials You Need To Have During Ramadan In Singapore


Faruq Senin •  May 08, 2020

Ramadan 2020 is different from other years as you’re spending more time at home due to the COVID-19 situation. That means you’ll most likely be preparing sahur and iftar almost every day, so you'll need a Ramadan grocery list! Not to mention that you’ll be doing more spring cleaning and sprucing up your home as Hari Raya is approaching too ? So, one of the things that you need to do is to ensure that your pantry is always well-stocked!

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In light of the current situation, opting for grocery delivery in Singapore is the most convenient way. That’s when online grocery deliveries like foodpanda’s pandamart come in handy. For the uninitiated, pandamart is foodpanda’s grocery delivery platform with over 40000 products from shops like Cheers, HAO Mart, pandanow and Shell Select. pandanow is foodpanda’s very own online shop. Some of them have free delivery too, making your grocery shopping really affordable. We’ve rounded up this list of 9 pantry staples and household essentials to stock up for Ramadan that you can get from pandamart!

P.S. On days when you don’t feel like cooking, let foodpanda deliver yummy eats from these 10 halal deliveries in Singapore. With quick, convenient food and grocery delivery services, it’s time to make foodpanda your one-stop delivery platform this Ramadan!

Essential tips for a well-stocked pantry:

Before you order your groceries on pandamart, here are some tips you can practise:

  • Keep an inventory of things you have at home - this is useful as you can immediately identify which supplies to stock up on and the ingredients you need
  • Plan your meals in advance - by doing this, you’ll know which ingredients you will need for preparing your meals for sahur and iftar. You can do this for 1 or 2 weeks!
  • Make a list of what you need - it’s always easier to shop for groceries if you have an idea of what you want to buy. With the wide range of items sold on pandamart, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices. Fret not, our #StayHome grocery checklist will help you out ?

Pantry Staples:

1. Cooking essentials

Preparing iftar for the whole family? Stocking up on cooking essentials is a must! As you’re juggling your time working from home and increasing your ibadah this Ramadan, the key is to prepare meals that are fuss-free and convenient. Ordering from pandamart is easy - all you need to do is to go on the foodpanda app, choose the groceries you want at affordable prices and once your order is sent, it will be delivered to you in around 25 minutes! How convenient is that?

Instant pastes/powders

Instant pastes are great if you’re thinking of recreating your mom’s recipes for iftar but don’t want to go through the hassle of cooking from scratch. If your menu for iftar is traditional Kampung cuisine, then you’ll want to get Asyura’s Lemak Cili Padi ($4.50) paste (chicken in spicy coconut gravy) from pandanow. For a hearty feast to share with your family, why not get some ChilliesBeef Rendang ($2) or Sambal Udang Kering ($2) paste?

If you feel like having an Indian feast at home instead, then Baba’s Meat Curry Powder Hot & Spicy ($2) will be perfect for you. Whether you use it to cook mouth-watering curries or even as a marinade for your chicken or seafood, it is super useful to have at home. You can get this from Angel Supermart on pandamart.

#HHWT Tip: Ran out of daily cooking essentials like oyster/soy sauces, coconut milk, oil or eggs? Don’t worry, you can get them delivered easily on pandamart!

2. Grains and starches for main meals

Grains and starches are a must-have at every meal, especially for iftar as they are a great source of carbohydrates. The great thing about shopping on pandanow is its variety of rice, noodles and pasta that you’ll find.

Instead of having Jasmine white rice for your meals, why not switch it up a little by getting Anarkali Super Basmati Premium Rice 2kg ($8.80) on pandanow instead? Not only is basmati rice more aromatic, it is a healthier alternative to white rice too ? If you’re interested in other types of rice, feel free to choose from white rice, brown rice and glutinous rice from popular brands like New Moon and Songhe.

Don’t feel like eating rice for iftar? You can whip up your own Chinese fishball noodles with My Noodle’s Handmade Wanton Noodle ($3.80) or Mee Pok ($3.80). If you’re looking for noodles that are healthy yet delicious, Hakubaku’s Organic Noodle Soba ($3.80) will suit your fancy. These halal-certified noodles are made in Australia using the finest quality wheat and are 98% fat-free ?

P.S. Fulfill your pasta cravings by preparing your own Italian meal at home! pandanow sells a range of pasta, from spaghetti to fettuccine, penne and angel hair.

3. Sahur essentials

To keep you going throughout your day when fasting, having sahur (pre-dawn meal) is highly encouraged as it is full of blessings. The good news is that preparing for sahur doesn’t have to be a difficult affair. All you need is a simple but nutritious meal ?

For you to easily whip up something in the morning, you need to be well-stocked with some essentials like cereals, oats and bread. We know how hard it is to function in the morning so you’d want these items to be readily available whenever you need them ? For starters, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes ($5.40) is very handy as you can easily eat it with milk or even add strawberries, bananas and blueberries to complete your meal. You can get it from NewEcon on pandamart.

If you need something more filling for sahur, overnight oats are your best bet! Oats are full of fibre and will keep you feeling full during your fast. The most recommended way is to use rolled oats as it has the best consistency when soaked overnight. For this, be sure to get Captain Oats Instant Rolled Oats ($4.30) or Sanitarium 100% Whole Grain Rolled Oats ($4.95) from pandanow. Check out these 8 overnight oats and smoothie recipes you can prepare for sahur!

To add flavour to your oatmeal and cereal, add some dates in! Eating dates is one of the Sunnahs of the Prophet and its high natural sugar content will keep you from feeling tired. That’s why it is an essential item to have in your pantry during Ramadan. Fortunately, you can get Syed Kurma Bertangkai Tunisia Branched Dates ($5.70) and Syed Fresh Honey Dates ($4.90) conveniently delivered to your home from pandanow.

4. Canned food

Canned foods are good to have in your pantry as they can last for at least a year or more! What’s great is that you can cook canned food in a variety of ways or add them as ingredients to the dishes that you’re preparing for iftar.

One of the most convenient canned foods to have is Ayam Brand Sardines ($2.25). You can cook them in sambal sauce or even make Sardine Lemak Cili Padi (sardine in spicy coconut cream gravy). An alternative to this is Golden Boy Mackerel in Tomato Sauce ($1.30). With these at home, you won’t need to go through the hassle of cooking fresh fish dishes, especially when you’re strapped for time.

If there is one item that almost all households need to have, it is Ayam Brand Deli Tuna ($2.65) as it can be used in so many different ways. You might think of tuna as a breakfast food or snack. Believe it or not, you can add it to your main meals and have canned tuna pasta, tuna baked pasta, grilled sandwiches and more. A can of Golden Boy Whole Mushroom ($1.10) or Mili Golden Mushrooms ($1.85) is also good to have as you can easily use them in stir-fried dishes. Once you have these conveniently delivered to your house from pandanow, you can keep them for whenever you need to use them ☺️

5. Instant food

Let’s face it - there are some days in Ramadan where you just don’t feel like cooking. Perhaps, you just want to take a breather or focus more on your ibadah for that day. That’s when you have instant food to thank! So, make sure you stock up on them in your pantry with pandamart delivery for those quick and fuss-free meal days ?

In need of some comfort food during iftar? Chef-In-Box’s Mac & Cheese ($4.80) from Shell Select on pandamart will do just the trick. All you have to do is pop it in the microwave and you’ll get to dig into a bowl of macaroni topped with chicken ham, cream sauce and mozzarella cheese ? This is perfect if you are just preparing iftar for yourself or one other person.

If there’s one food item that you can always rely on, it’ll have to be instant noodles! The best part is that it only takes 2-3 minutes to prepare instant noodles, which makes it a good option to have for your quick iftar. If you’ve had a long day working from home, treat yourself to some scrumptious Mi Sedaap Mi Goreng ($2.50) which you can get delivered to you from HAO mart on pandamart. If that’s not filling enough, get something with gravy instead like Maggi 2-Min Noodles (Curry) ($2.20) and Maggi 2-Min Noodles (Chicken) ($2.20) from pandanow. Instant noodles are also a great option for sahur!

#HHWT Tip: Stock up on some halal instant porridge from Topp ($1.20) on pandanow too, especially for those days when you are craving something warm and comforting.

6. Fresh fruits

Fresh fruits are very important to have during Ramadan as they help to hydrate your body and are also a great source of dietary fibre. Hence, you need to make sure you have a constant supply of fresh fruits so you can easily consume them during sahur and iftar.

In case you’re wondering, yes, you can get your fresh fruits delivered from pandanow! We recommend getting Fresh Bananas ($4.50) as they are high in potassium (important for hydration) and will boost your energy levels. Fresh Red Apples ($3), Fresh Sunkist Navel Oranges ($5.65) and Fresh Lemons ($3.50) are also great to have in your pantry as they can last for at least 3 weeks or more when you store them in the refrigerator. Even if you don’t eat the fruits as they are, you can make them into smoothies for sahur! With pandamart’s efficient delivery service, rest assured these fruits will still remain fresh by the time they reach your doorstep.

P.S. Wondering how to make your grocery shopping more efficient? Check out this list of 21 long-lasting grocery items!

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!

Your favourite bubble tea shops might be closed during the circuit breaker period but you can still get your milk tea fix with Pokka Premium Milk Tea ($2.40) from Cheers on pandamart. Having this creamy and aromatic drink after Terawih prayers will definitely freshen you up. If you’re craving something warm, have some Teh Tarik Milk Tea ($5.90) or Cadbury 3 in 1 Hot Chocolate Drink ($6.95) from pandanow! pandanow also has an extensive variety of soft drinks, juices and iced teas that you can choose from.

Hari Raya might be spent at home this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on Raya cookies for a mini celebration. For a classic taste of Hari Raya, pandanow’s Mac Taste Suji Ball($6.90) is something you can look forward to. This crumbly, buttery and melt-in-your-mouth cookie will surely make your day. Mac Taste also has other Raya goodies like Chocolate Chip Almond ($6.90), Biskut Makmor ($6.90) and more. Don’t miss out on Glory’s Pineapple Tarts ($18.90) too! We recommend stocking up a little more so you can start Raya early and enjoy these treats during Ramadan ?

Household essentials:

8. Products to clean the house for Raya

Since you’ll be celebrating Raya at home this year, it’s time to take this opportunity to do a major spring cleaning of your house! To help you with cleaning, ensure that you’re well-stocked with cleaning products and cleaning tools, delivered to your house from pandamart.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning and disinfecting your house is very important. That’s when it is useful to have Mr Muscle 5-in-1 Multipurpose Cleaner Ocean ($5.40) as it cleans 99% of bacteria and viruses. For general cleaning of floors, get Magiclean Floor Aromatic Lavender ($6.95) or Ajax Fabuloso Lavender Fresh Multi-Purpose Floor Cleaner ($5.90) that’ll leave your house smelling fragrant.

To make cleaning the house even easier, the Magiclean Wiper Mop 1 Set ($23.95) is a convenient tool to have at home. Planning to thoroughly clean your kitchen tabletops and cooking stove? You’ll want to get the Mr Muscle Kitchen Cleaner ($4.55) or the Magiclean Kitchen Refreshing Lime ($4.50). Don’t miss out on the Scotch-Brite Multipurpose Scouring Pad ($3.40), so you’ll be able to scrub all the stubborn stains out.

Many of you might have carpets, rugs, and fabric sofas at home and cleaning them can be tricky. But thanks to Scotchgard Fabric & Carpet Cleaner ($17.90), you won’t have to worry about ruining your carpets and fabrics. To keep your carpets and rugs looking new, use Scotchgard Rug & Carpet Protector ($19.90) which helps to repel spills so you can clean up easier next time.

#HHWT Tip: While cleaning the house, be sure to protect your hands against cleansers and harsh detergents with Scotch-Brite Aloe Vera Gloves ($4.40). It has a soft lining coated with pure aloe vera so your hands will feel cool and comfortable!

9. Items to spruce up your house for Raya

After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your house, it’s time to spruce it up! Hari Raya might not be a huge affair this year but it is still a good chance to make your house Raya ready.

To keep your house smelling fresh and nice, get the Ambi Pur Air Effects Lavender Vanilla And Comfort Aerosol Air Freshener ($7.90) or the Blossoms And Breeze ($7.90) from pandanow. The Ambi Pur Moodtherapy Relax & Unwind Gel Air Freshener ($4.90) and Glade Scented Fresh Lemon Gel Air Freshener ($3.20) are also great alternatives!

As you might be really busy working from home and preparing iftar meals, you might not have time to purchase these household essentials. But with pandamart, you can order the items that you want conveniently through the foodpanda app and they will be delivered to you in no time ?

To ensure that you’re well-stocked for the last two weeks of Ramadan, make sure you get these 9 pantry staples and household essentials! Whether you’re looking for ingredients to prepare your iftar and sahur or doing some spring cleaning for Raya, you can order them hassle-free from pandamart and they will be delivered to your doorstep in 25 minutes ? Not to mention that prices are super affordable and some of the vendors on pandamart have free delivery too, so you can definitely make foodpanda your one-stop platform for all your needs this Ramadan!

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