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Ramadhan – HaloodieFoodie http://haloodiefoodie.com Team HaloodieFoodie, charting our culinary adventures via the wonders of the net Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:47:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 Win a Smoked Iftaar at Team Haloodiefoodie HQ http://haloodiefoodie.com/win-a-smoked-iftaar-at-team-haloodiefoodie-hq/ http://haloodiefoodie.com/win-a-smoked-iftaar-at-team-haloodiefoodie-hq/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 16:11:24 +0000 http://haloodiefoodie.com/?p=11059

The month of Ramadhan is upon us again. To commemorate the start of the blessed month, Team Haloodiefoodie are opening up our home to invite two fortunate foodies to break their fast with indulgent 10-hour smoked Aberdeen Angus Aged Beef Ribs from Hill Farm Finest.


To enter the competition all you have to do is the following:

1) Follow Haloodiefoodie on Instagram
2) Tag a friend under any of the Haloodiefoodie competition images. The more friends you tag, the greater your chance of winning.

The competition will run from 18:00 GMT  Friday 12th May 2017 to 21:00 on Sunday 28th May 2017. The winners will be chosen at random and announced at 22:00 GMT on Monday 29th May 2017 via Instagram. The winner can bring one guest of their choice to the event. The winner must claim their prize by 20:00 GMT on Monday 29th May 2017.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

• The competition will run from 18:00 GMT  Friday 12th May 2017 and all entries must be received by 21:00 GMT on Sunday 29th May 2017. Winners will be announced after the competition on Monday 29th May 2017.
• To enter, entrants must be following Haloodiefoodie on Instagram and tag a friend in the comment section of the relevant image(s).
• The prize is non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.
• The competition is open to all.
• The winners will be selected at random by Team Haloodiefoodie.
• The winners will be notified via Instagram. The winner must claim their prize by emailing/direct messaging Haloodiefoodie by Monday 29th May 20:00 GMT to claim their prize. They must give Team Haloodiefoodie their email address to claim the prize.
• Appropriate ID will be required to confirm identification of the winner.
• The winner may bring one guest to the event.
• The event will take place at Team Haloodiefoodie HQ in Stoke Newington, London N16. Team Haloodiefoodie cannot cover the costs of travel to and from the event.


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Hacking Fasting – Stay fuller for longer http://haloodiefoodie.com/hacking-fasting-stay-fuller-for-longer/ http://haloodiefoodie.com/hacking-fasting-stay-fuller-for-longer/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:28:12 +0000 http://haloodiefoodie.weebly.com/blog/hacking-fasting-stay-fuller-for-longer
The blessed month of Ramadhan is upon us again. My first recollection of Ramadhan was during the summer of 1986, alongside Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ during the Mexico World Cup. I vividly recall the excruciatingly long days and intimidatingly short nights……Now that Ramadhan is during the longest part of the year, I’ve been requested to blog about what to eat in Ramadhan. Asian diets are notoriously poor all year around! We tend to eat foods with high fat, salt and sugar! With little or no fresh fruit or fibre. In Ramadhan our diets somehow become worse!!! Ask yourself… Is Ramadhan an excuse to binge on fried delicacies and sugary drinks? Aren’t we defeating the object of fasting? Aren’t we aiming to draw closer to the Lord by refraining from food, drink and our passions for the duration of the day? As I was writing this post, I received the following picture which sums up our predicament.

My top tips for a healthy Ramadhan


Rehydrate, Rehydrate, Rehydrate…………. Two thirds of your body is water. During the course of the day, you’ll steadily lose water. It is essential that water loss is topped up between Iftaar and Sahoor. I usually break my fast with a few madinah dates and a 500ml bottle of water. Between Magrib and Isha/Taraweeh I will have some fruit and some green/black tea. Don’t hydrate too much during taraweeh!!!! Visits to the water cooler between prayers may lead to awkward conversations about the state of the national football team and/or benefit caps from the taraweeh shirkers!
You can always purchase a special taraweeh water bottle from here!
Avoid fatty and fried food at Iftaar

So you’ve fasted for the whole day and its time to eat. You need to refuel your body with good quality nutrients. However, our families spend months preparing tantalizing samosas, pastries and all manner of intricate delicacies. Samosas and other fried food are high in fat and have very little fibre/other key nutrients and thus become difficult to digest. Not ideal for people who need nutrients quickly. Thus for iftaar I usually eat simple carbohydrates from fruits. I tend to eat those fruits which have a high water content such as water melon, oranges and pineapple.

Keep a light stomach for Taraweeh Prayer The summer nights are very short and taraweeh prayer is only an hour after iftaar. In order to concentrate for the taraweeh prayer one must keep a light stomach. How many of us would attempt eating to a state of repletion and then going for a run!

I found this notice in a Musjid in Dundee, Scotland.

An anecdotal incident. When we were younger we were forced to play the ‘guess what uncle has eaten for iftaar’ game at taraweeh. The constant belching and associated odours was so nauseating. Surely this is not in the spirit of Ramadhan??

Eat complex carbs for Sahoor PictureAfter taraweeh is the time to eat. Try to eat complex carbohydrates such as wholemeal bread, wholemeal pasta, brown rice, oats, beans, lentils, cereals etc. Another great example particularly is porridge. These super foods are high in fibre and have a low GI rating, which basically mean that they will fill you up and release their energy slowly, which will help you during the long days. My father is an insulin dependant diabetic, he has brown rice when fasting and reported back that his hunger was managed well for the duration of the fast!

Healthy sahoor ideas

  1. Poached eggs with olive oil, pan fried cherry tomatoes and mushrooms served with wholemeal bread
  2. Porridge, be adventurous by trying different flavour combinations such as date and walnut, cranberry and almond, apricot and banana.
  3. Wholemeal/Wholegrain Cereals such as muesli, shredded wheat, fruit and fibre, weetabix etc

If you’re ‘old school’ and need a more traditional sahoor meal

  1. Wholemeal Chicken pasta
  2. Lentils and brown rice
  3. Chicken or meat curry with brown rice or wholemeal pitta/chappati

For the body builders who aim to Maintain muscle mass and become lean in Ramadhan. Intermittent fasting is the new trendy way to build muscle mass and become lean. Ramadhan is a perfect opportunity for us to reach our fitness goals, as long as you eat correctly and use your time effectively after taraweeh salaah. I’ve described my eating habits at iftaar. After taraweeh prayer, I have a very short but intense HIIT (High intensity interval training) workout which lasts for around 20mins. Just before the end time of sahoor, I have a casein protein shake with avocado and ground oats. Casein protein is slow release protein, which supplies the body with the protein needed for growth, repair and maintenance of your muscle mass. Avocados are loaded with healthy fats needed to build and maintain your muscle and lower cholesterol. Oats provide the complex, slow burn carbohydrates that will be the principal energy store. I also drink around a litre of water before Sahoor ends.

I hope you found the post informative, I hope you have a enjoyable and spiritual Ramadhan. Make dua me and for all of humanity, especially at the time of iftaar, don’t get too distracted by those dainty little triangular treats!!

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Eid Mubarak http://haloodiefoodie.com/eid-mubarak/ http://haloodiefoodie.com/eid-mubarak/#respond Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 http://haloodiefoodie.weebly.com/blog/eid-mubarak

Alhamdolillah, I’m enjoying my extended break away from the hustle and bustle of professional life in London.As the new moon is seen on the Horizon. I pray that the Lord accepts our fasting and worship over the blessed month of Ramadhan.I would like to wish all my readers a special HaloodieFoodie, Eid Mubarak… I hope you have a wonderful day and partake the most delightful food, you’ve deserved it!Please your upload your gorgeous Eid food on Instagram and use #haloodiefoodie

I hope to see you in Early September.


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Summer Sabbatical http://haloodiefoodie.com/summer-sabbatical/ http://haloodiefoodie.com/summer-sabbatical/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 http://haloodiefoodie.weebly.com/blog/summer-sabbatical

PictureHomemade Gourmet Burger

Over the past month I have been absolutely blown away by the positive reaction to the HaloodieFoodie blog. I’ve heard of husbands reading my posts at home with their families. Food has the power of bringing communities together, a refreshing change in the age of individualism and cyber associates/companions.

I am constantly asked about the content and timing of my next post, sometimes in the most bizarre and unexpected places…

As the blog approaches 5000 visitors to the blog, ranging from the UK to the US and Kuwait!
I am loathed to be the bearer of bad news….

I will be leaving for my annual Summer Sabbatical to embark on a period of spiritual self-reflection and discipline.

Ok… This isn’t all bad news. I often come back recharged with even more recipe ideas.

Thus, I will be back in early September and I have some interesting posts coming up.

Look out for my amazing BBQ chicken, Kachche Ghosht Biryani and Laccha Paratha recipe in Early September… (Oh yeah…. The perfect gourmet burger too)An enormous HaloodieFoodie thank you for completing the questionnaire.

I pray that you have a peaceful Ramadhan and a wonderful family celebration at Eid.
Please remember Team HaloodieFoodie in your prayers.

I hope to see you again in September.

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Left overs in Ramadhan?? http://haloodiefoodie.com/left-overs-in-ramadhan/ http://haloodiefoodie.com/left-overs-in-ramadhan/#respond Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 http://haloodiefoodie.weebly.com/blog/left-overs-in-ramadhan


Leftovers in Iftaar… No way! We’ve fasted the 19 hours and you’re feeding me leftovers!! Are you having a laugh?!
Well, not really…. We tend to eat less

in Ramadhan and usually always overcook.
The irony is that your fridge is more full in Ramadhan than outside Ramadhan!!!
Yesterday, we made Chicken kheema (mince) with garden vegetables. More than half was left over!!
Our deen teaches us not be to extravagant, so give the women some rest and cook with the leftovers…

“Eat and Drink but waste not by extravagance”
Surat Al-A’râf verse 31

This is simple Chicken kheema Enchiladas recipe that I made from my leftovers and a few extra household pantry ingredients. You could do something similar with most leftovers.


  • Leftover kheema (Mince)
  • 6 Leftover chappati/tortilla
  • Cheese for topping

Béchamel; White Sauce (Optional)

  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 450 ml milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Enchiladas Sauce

  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 tin of chopped tomotoes
  • 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cocoa


1. For the Enchiladas sauce; Saute the onions in the oil until they soften and change to a lightly brown colour. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 mins
2. Enchiladas don’t usually have white sauce, but my chapatis were quite tough and we thought we would moisten them with white sauce. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add 2 tablespoons of flour. Mix with a whisk until it forms a smooth, uniform mixture. Gradually whisk in the milk to get a smooth sauce. Whilst whisking , bring to the boil.
3. Lay your chapati on a flat surface and place a liberal amount of kheema along the middle.
4. Fold your chapati inwards from the side to make a cylinder.
5. Lay the chapati cylinder fold side down in a deep heat proof tray.
Repeat the process with the remaining chapati’s
6. Pour the enchilada sauce on top of the chapati cylinders.
7. Optional: Pour the white sauce on top of the enchilada sauce.
8. Top the enchiladas with cheese and some mixed herbs. Baked at Gas mark 6 for 30 minutes.


Its amazing what you can do with a creative use of your leftovers
So why not try a Biryani with leftover mutton/chicken curry or a mix lasagne for leftover roast chicken/lamb and vegetables?
Let your imagination run wild!!


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Healthy Smoothie: Ideal for Sahoor http://haloodiefoodie.com/healthy-smoothie-ideal-for-sahoor/ http://haloodiefoodie.com/healthy-smoothie-ideal-for-sahoor/#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:55:00 +0000 http://haloodiefoodie.weebly.com/blog/healthy-smoothie-ideal-for-sahoor

There seems to be a smoothie or shake for just about everything nowadays from weight-loss to weight-gain (muscle). So I thought, it would be great to have one for fasting, which aims to keep you fuller for longer.

This quick and simple recipe is both tasty and nourishing. It is also a perfect preparation for the long fast ahead. This smoothie has the complex carbohydrates to keep you going through the day. The fresh fruits add vital vitamins and minerals to ensure that you get the micro-nutrients, which are often found lacking in diets during Ramadhan.



  • 500ml Low fat greek style yogurt, which has been frozen for around 4 hours.
  • 60ml Semi Skimmed Milk
  • 100g Frozen Mixed Summer Berries.
  • 1/2 Banana/Avocado
  • 40g Oats
  • Serves 4

For the Body builders out there.
40g of Casein protein for growth, repair and maintenance of your muscle mass.

Optional extras
For those who need an extra sugary kick, use dates or honey to add natural sweetness.

Combine all the ingredients together in a powerful blender, until the consistency is like that of a thick milkshake. You may need to add more liquid if its too gooey. You could use fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or any other berries you want.

I hope you enjoy my take on smoothies, Make dua me and for all of humanity, especially at the time of Suhoor (Tahajjud).

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