For some of us, 4am isn’t really an ideal time to wake up… and start munching on heavy foods. Let alone cooking or baking anything to feed the tummy. (Seriously, idk how moms do this). However, since Ramadan is all about the month of sacrificing, we Muslims have no choice but to sacrifice our beauty sleep for the sake of spiritual awakening and self-reflection.
That doesn’t mean you have to spend 3 hours in the kitchen and line up 30 different cooking ingredients just to prepare for your sahur. Hey, Islam is a religion of simplicity, so how about we keep it that way? Here are four super-simple and quick sahur meals you can do that don’t take up more than 10 minutes. After that, you can rush back to sleep.
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The wonderful thing about this meal is that you can make it as substantial or as lean as you choose. It’s as easy as cracking two eggs into a bowl, adding a little milk (dairy or alternative), and whisking until smooth. To make it more tasty, you can add cheese, chopped meats, onions, or sausages. Pour it into a greased pan, wait for it to solidify around the edges. Once it looks brownish, you’re good to go.
2. Overnight Oats
This is my go-to sahur meal. Overnight oats are a tasty way to incorporate fiber, minerals, and vitamins into your diet, with the added benefit of hydrating fruit. The best thing is that there is no kitchen action required. Prepare the oats the night before and let them settle in your refrigerator. When your alarm goes off at 4am, just walk to your fridge, take it out and start munching. How fun?
3. Kaya Butter Toast
Instead of driving to a kopitiam at 4am, why don’t you bring the kopitiam to you? This Malaysian morning classic offers everything: kaya for sweetness, and bread for crunch. The kaya toast is easy to make; simply toast two pieces of bread, spread with butter and kaya, then sandwich them together. You could literally make this from your bed.
4. Avocado Toast
If you prefer something sweet-ish, replace the kaya option with avocado! Mash the avocado, spread it on toasted bread, sprinkle some salt and pepper (and paprika, too), and tadaaa! Done. If you want to go all out, put a layer of scrambled eggs and onions on top for more flavour, or try additional toppings like chopped tomatoes, feta cheese, or smoked salmon.