Sada El Balad : Don't know what to eat on First Day of Ramadan? Here's a complete meal plan (طباعة)
Don't know what to eat on First Day of Ramadan? Here's a complete meal plan
آخر تحديث: الإثنين 06/05/2019 01:16 م
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Ramadan is a particularly significant month for Muslims، where many take part in fasting from sunrise to sunset. This is one of the five pillars of Islam and is meant to bring you closer to Allah.

While not everyone fasts (pregnant women، children، the elderly and the sick are among those exempt)، most Muslims don’t let food or drink pass their lips during daylight hours.

First day of Ramadan fell on May 16 in some countries، and will fall on May 17 in other.

“Sada el Balad” news website offers you your meal guide during the holy month of Ramadan over the coming 30 days:

 Iftar meal

Fresh Mango Juice

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5 Cups mangoes، peeled and cut into chunks
4 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar
12 cup crushed ice

Place all the ingredients except the ice in a blender and blend.
Add the crushed ice and blend until smooth.

Escalope pane

1 lb (454g) Thinly Sliced Beef
14 Cup Shredded Romano Cheese
1 Egg
2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
34 Cup Chicken Broth
14 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Cup (Italian Style) Bread Crumbs
12 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
0.5 oz (14g) Italian Parsley
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Lime
12 Tbsp Corn Starch
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil

Mince the parsley.
Combine bread crumbs with shredded romano cheese in a large bowl.
Stir in as much as salt and pepper you prefer.
In a separate bowl، beat an egg until fluffy.
Deep the beef slices into the egg and transfer into the crumbs to coat both sides thoroughly.
Fry the beef with olive oil.

Melt butter in a small pot.
Mash garlic cloves into the pot and Sauté.
Juice a fresh lime into the pot.
Pour in 34 cup of chicken broth.
Bring the mixture to a boil.
Combine 14 cup chicken broth with corn starch and add to the mixture.
Continue boiling for 5 more minutes.
Stir in heavy whipping cream and remove from stove.
Serve the fried beefs in a dish. Top with the sauce and minced parsley.

Stuffed baby zucchini and vine leaves with lamb chops

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18 small baby zucchini or 1500 g
35 medium vine leaves
1¼ cups egyptian rice or 250 g، soaked in water for 1 hour and drained
500 g minced lamb
1 medium tomato or 150 g
4 tablespoons butter، melted
¼ cup water or 60 ml
1¼ teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon seven spices، ground
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 kg lamb chops، cleaned from fat
4 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Stock Bouillon Cube
8 cloves garlic، peeled
10 cups water or 2500 ml، additional quantity
½ cup lemon juice or 125 ml

Hollow baby zucchini and then remove extra stems from the vine leaves. Wash both well، drain and set them aside.

In a bowl، combine and mix rice، minced lamb، tomato، butter، water، salt and spices and set in fridge for ½ hour.

Stuff baby zucchini with this mixture and keep 1cm empty from the top and set aside.

To stuff a vine leaves; place it on a working board with the dull side and the stem facing up. Place a teaspoon of the stuffing on the lower part of the leaves، fold the outside edges towards the center and roll tightly into the shape of a finger.

Heat the oil in large pot and fry lamb chops for 5 minutes or until brown in color. Remove pot from heat. Arrange lamb chops evenly then add the whole peeled garlic، crumble MAGGI Chicken Stock cubes over the lamb chops.

Lines with 1 layer of unstuffed leaves over the lamb chops then place the rolled stuffed leaves above them alternating the direction of each layer.

Place stuffed baby zucchini over the stuffed vine leaves side by side. Secure zucchinis with a plate on top.

Add water and bring to boil (add salt to your taste) then simmer on low heat for 2 hours or until baby zucchini is well cooked. Add lemon juice and remove from heat.

Vegetable Mayonnaise Salad 

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1 cucumber
250 grams peas (canned)
100 grams pickled cucumber
2 carrots
4 tomatoes
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yogurt (0.1% fat)
pickling liquid
2 tablespoons white vinegar
freshly ground pepper

Peel cucumber، cut in half lengthwise، remove seeds and finely dice.
Rinse peas and drain.
Cut pickles into small cubes.
Peel and finely dice carrots.
Rinse، quarter and remove seeds from tomatoes. Finely dice tomatoes.
Mix mayonnaise with yogurt، some of the pickle brine and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and stir until smooth. Mix in vegetables، cover and let marinate about 30 minutes. Then season to taste and serve.


Pistachio Baklava

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1 pack (450g) thin filo dough، thawed
150-200 g unsalted butter

For Syrup
1 ½ cups water
1 ⅓ cups sugar
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs rose water، I use Amoretti brand
1 tbs orange blossom syrup by Amoretti
1 cup crushed pistachios

Preheat the oven to 350°F180°C degrees
Butter a half sheet baking pan and set aside
Cut the filo sheets into half، they should come to 9”x12”
Melt the butter and start buttering and shaping the filo sheets into ruffled flowers، refer to YouTube tutorial video for more details
Place the shaped baklava on the baking pan، brush the tops and bake until light golden color، 25-30 minutes

To make the syrup
Combine water، sugar and lemon juice
Bring to a boil and simmer 7-10 minutes
Remove from the heat، stir in rose and orange blossom syrup
Pour cooled syrup over baked filo and sprinkle with pistachios
Allow the set 15-20 minutes before serving
Bon appetite!

'Suhoor meal'

Fool Medames (Fava Beans)

1 lb dry fave beans.
3 Tbs rice - uncooked.
3 Tbs red lentils.
1 to mato quartered.
3 garlic cloves.

Soak the beans with water for at least 4 hours، I've soaked mine over night.
Drain the beans and wash very well، put in your slow cooker.
Wash the rice and lentils، drain and add to the beans along with garlic cloves and tomato.
Add enough water to cover. Let it cook on low for 8 hours.

Serving suggestions:
Saute onion rings and tomato in olive oil، add some sausages، stir for 5 minutes then add the beans.
Saute crushed garlic in olive oil along with diced tomato then add the beans. Add salt، cumin and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Recipe Notes
If you cannot find dry fava beans you can use pinto beans as it is the closest taste we've found. Cooking time varies depending on the type of beans so start checking after 6 hours for doneness. Some people like also adding ghee to their beans، but personally I prefer it with olive oil.

Fruit N' Yogurt Parfait Family Meal-Prep

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3 cups rolled oats
⅓ cup vegetable oil
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
Assorted fruits and nuts، to your liking

Preheat oven to 350ºF180ºC
In a medium bowl combine granola ingredients، stir until well mixed.
Pour mixture onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes، tossing halfway through to ensure even baking.
Save granola for up to 2 months، or use right away.
Assemble parfaits in bowls or mason jars (great for on the go!). Layer yogurt with granola and your choice of assorted mixed fruits andor nuts، alternating layers.

Dates and milk

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Dates: 20 grams
Milk: 200 ml + 300 ml (total ½ litre)
Ice cubes (small): 8 to 10
Sugar: 50 grams
Milk cream: ½ cup (standard cup)
Small pieces of dates: for garnishing

Soak dates in 200 ml of milk for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
Remove and discard the seeds.
To a mixer، add these soaked and de-seeded dates along with the milk (used for soaking the dates).
Add ice cubes، sugar، milk cream and 300 ml boiled and cooled milk.
Close the lid and run the mixer for 30 seconds.
Transfer this milkshake into serving glasses and garnish with small pieces of dates.

Edited by: Yara Sameh