Give your home a modern Ramadan touch
It’s the Holy Month of Ramadan, a special time of the year for Muslims. Get ready to welcome back the warm evenings of family gatherings over iftar and the cosy late nights of suhoor.
To celebrate Ramadan with a difference and inspire you to play the host, we have rounded up a few modern and minimalistic home decor ideas you can easily experiment with. Think ambient lighting, beautiful table settings, candles, lanterns and more.
STEP 1: FiIl your house with Ramadan decorations
To feel the joy of Ramadan and spread it to your guests, Ramadan decorations are the way to go. Prepare all the rooms with a beautiful array of decorations. Most home furnishing stores in Dubai such as ACE, Home Centre, PAN Emirates and Crate & Barrel stock decorations for Ramadan. If you’re on a tight budget, you can head to Dragon Mart near International City to purchase Ramadan accessories. You can start by decorating the main rooms, including your dining room and living room.
If you’re hosting a Ramadan iftar at home, or even suhoor, this is where the real party is at. Treat your guests to a full Ramadan experience with stunning decorations to put them in the mood and increase their appetite.
Don’t forget to incorporate a few metallic hues in the form of cutlery or gold bowls to serve nuts and dates on the dining table. You can also use tea candles on the dining table or Ramadan lanterns to light up the corners of the room.
If you want to start the decoration from the source, you can add a little bit of Ramadan touch to your kitchen. This will help get you in the mood while cooking.
You can have crescent-shaped cutters for dough. Get the kids to be creative and draw a crescent moon and stars neatly on the wall. Arrange fresh flowers in a vase on the kitchen countertop. Use the colour and texture of the flowers to complement the table linen and curtains.
Living room and reception
After guests are done with their meals, they usually head to the living room or reception to relax, or take a break after Tarawih prayers.
String paper lanterns along bare walls. Add lots of scented candles, mirrors and cosy soft cushions in terms of accessories.
STEP 2: Food ideas
Food is the star of the show at Ramadan gatherings. So if you’re wondering what to cook, read on for our Ramadan tips for food preparation.
Preparing food for iftar
After a long day of fasting, one craves a delicious iftar meal that will not only satisfy taste buds, but also give enough nutrition for the next day. After breaking your fast with some dates and taking it slow with a bowl of soup, you’re ready for the real iftar meal. These are some of the classics that are constantly featured in every Arab home for Ramadan iftar.
- Mahshi: This Egyptian stuffed dish is packed with flavour and energy, thanks to its special rice stuffing.
- Harees: Energy-packed, porridge-like meat dish
- Thareed: Otherwise known as Ruqaq, it is essentially a meat pie.
- Samboosa: These delicious crunchy triangles can be filled with chicken, cheese, vegetables, or meat. You can also go for a sweet option with chocolate.
- Mansaf: Rice with lamb or chicken cooked in dried yogurt and served on Arabic bread, this Jordanian dish is a must-try.
- Machboos: Special-spiced rice with your choice of meat, known as Kabsa in Saudi Arabia.
- Lgeimat: Fried pastry balls filled with cardamom and cinnamon, then covered in date syrup.
Preparing food for suhoor
Suhoor food gets quite tricky; you need to find something that balances between being nutritious and help keep thirst under control. That means avoiding salty food as much as possible. Confused about what to prepare? Let us help out.
- Fava beans: Foul, as it’s known in the Arab world, is one of the most nutritious and filling suhur meals.
- Manakeesh: These Lebanese pastries are a delight, they’re perfect if you’re looking for a light meal before fasting.
- Yoghurt and Cucumber Salad: Yet another choice for light eaters, this simple salad is both delicious and nutritious, plus it helps prevent thirst throughout the day.
- Eggs: Cook them the way you prefer with the toppings you like the most. Eggs are rich in proteins and healthy fats, so they will keep you energised throughout the day.
We wish you all a happy Ramadan.