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!!



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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