We spoke to the Chilli Chocolate Chefs, Zainab and Faatimah and learnt a little more about this blessed month of Ramadaan as well as what their preferences are during this special time.
We spoke to the Chilli Chocolate Chefs, Zainab and Faatimah and learnt a little more about this blessed month of Ramadaan as well as what their preferences are during this special time.  

What’s on your Suhoor (breakfast) table?

Chef Zainab: 
My favourite is to have avocado on a toasted sour dough bread.
I also have a bowl of oats, with dates and nuts. 
To drink I have a cup of tea and some water.

Chef Faatimah:
I start with All-Bran flakes and also have Naan toast with butter, a banana and a few dates with a glass of milk.

How do you keep fit during Ramadaan? 

Chef Zainab: 
After the morning prayer I go for a short walk in the sun to get the body and mind moving.

Chef Faatimah 
I try to eat healthy and include some less strenuous exercise in my day like stretching.

What’s your favourite late night indulgence? 

Chef Zainab: 
Our Nutella brownies. They are amazing!

Chef Faatimah:
Definitely ice cream!

Deep Fried or Air-fried?

Chef Zainab: 
Deep fried- a samoosa has got to be deep fried!

Chef Faatimah:
A bit of both - it’s all about balance during this month 

Your typical Iftar (dinner) would be? 

Chef Zainab: 
I like interesting dishes and this month gives me a chance to test them out.
BUT I would say Labneh with Cucumber and Zatar, as well as, Haleem.

Chef Faatimah:
Just a few Samoosas, some Haleem and whatever my mum has prepared! 

How to keep healthy this month?

There’s quite a lot of things that one can do stay healthy… our tips would be:
  • Never skip Suhoor
  • Stay hydrated… make sure you have enough water between Iftaar & Suhoor to avoid dehydration when you begin your fast.
  • Make fresh fruit, vegetables and salad a part of your diet. 
  • Cut down on sugary drinks, junk food and deep-fried foods.
  • Walk for a few minutes in the sun.