London: Ramadan is just round the corner. People have start looking for inspiration for their iftars and want food ideas to bond with families and friends. Some leading food bloggers and chefs have shared their Ramadan cuisines, the ingredients of which can be bought under one roof at Asda.
Here are some unique family cooking styles that ensure no two iftars are the same.
Writer and recipe developer Hungry Hijabi’s family favourite is ‘Chicken & Red Pepper Fried Udon Noodles’, which she chanced upon on a day trip with her family to the London Eye. Her kids loved it so much that it became their family favourite. They love to enjoy it with boneless cubed chicken with a sweet roasted squash or with red pepper. Initially, she found it difficult to find the right Udon noodles to cook at home but found them at her local Asda. Hungry Hijabi is a Bengali, kiddie food and British Asian blogger. She grew up watching television cookery programmes where she would experiment with recipes for her husband.
Fusion of Global Flavours
Radhika Howarth’s Ramadan favourites include dishes like Harissa infused pilau, yoghurt with smoked aubergine with a sprinkle of sumac, or tuna and corn samosas. One recipe which infuses the flavours from around the world and is an absolute family favourite in Radhika’s household is Kashmiri kofte curry served with saffron infused couscous. This meal is an explosion of flavours from the Middle East, a little bit of Spain and a hint of Kashmir. Minced lamb is infused with herbs and spices and made into koftas by baking them and then letting them soak in a rich tomato and yoghurt-based sauce. It’s served with couscous infused with delicate flavours of saffron.
The Oriental Touch
From Middle East to the Far East, the oriental flavours of South East Asia make iftars even more special. The Far East is a spectrum of delightful flavours that when infused, create a delectable treat for the entire family. Infusing authentic Malaysian flavours into Ramadan iftars is Masterchef UK 2018 contestant Zaleha Olpin. She calls this family favourite ‘Squid Sambal’. There are several ways to make sambal. It is a homemade cooking sauce which combines garlic, tamarind, shallots and spices. All the ingredients are available at the local Asda.
Bangla Food with a Twist
Inspiration for Ramadan recipes can come from around the world and it’s not just the traditional dishes like chai and samosas or biryanis that adorn the iftar table. There are many ways in which one can bring traditional flavours in a new avatar. Dina’s recipes like Batera Bhuna, Jhalmuri and Chhanar Kofta are certainly worth looking at. Dina’s cooking ranges from simplistic snacks to slow cooked meat recipes with plenty of inspiration for Ramadan.
For British food writer, Dina Begum, experimenting with eastern and western flavours defines her unique style of cooking. Her ‘Chai Malai Cake’ infuses the flavours of her favourite drink chai and rasmalai in a bite-sized cake-based delight. Its ingredients are available Asda.