Ramadan Recipes: Bake Your Own Homemade Bread 

Ramadan Recipes: Bake Your Own Homemade Bread 


Staying home this Ramadan? Read our simple recipes for Naan, Saj, and more, to create mouth-watering homemade bread.

Ramadan is here and so is the endless search for Ramadan recipes, whether online or through cooking books. This year is even more challenging due to the quarantine and self-imposed isolation to keep our family and friends safe. 

With so much time spent at home, new cooking skills can come in handy for rich Iftar tables. From Saj to banana bread, learn how to bake your own homemade bread this Ramadan!


Saj Bread

Also known as markouk, mashrouh, and khebz ruqaq, Saj is a type of flatbread that is a staple of Arabic cuisine and a perfect addition to your Ramadan Iftars. It is commonly seen being prepared in bakeries and snacks all around the region on domed or convex metal grill.



        3 cups of flour

        1 cup of boiling water

        1 tablespoon of salt

        2 tablespoon of vegetable oil


     Mix all ingredients in a dough mixer until you can form a tender ball with the dough. If it’s too dry, add water to the mix one tablespoon at a time.

     Once you have the desired form and texture, allow it to rest for 10 minutes, then cut your dough into smaller pieces, shaping them into smaller balls.

     Flatten each ball with your palm and a rolling pin while frequently lifting and turning it and sprinkling extra flour on the surface if it’s starting to stick. Keep going until the dough is somewhat see-through.

     Since most homes don’t have a Saj skillet, the trick is to use a wok upside down or simply use a cast-iron skillet.

     Flip the dough when bubbles form on the surface if you want it crunchy, or just cook one side if you want to use the bread for sandwiches. While preparing the remaining dough, keep the cooked Saj breads covered with a clean kitchen towel.

Tortilla Bread

Why not bring some Mexican twist to your Ramadan recipes with some chicken quesadillas or taquitos? Thankfully, making tortilla bread is not as hard as you think.



     2 cups all-purpose flour

     ½ teaspoon of salt

     ¾ cup of water

     3 tablespoons of olive oil



     Start by combining the flour and salt in a bowl, stirring in the water and oil.

     Spread flour onto the surface where you are kneading the dough, adding a little flour or water if needed to achieve a smooth dough. Let it rest for 10 minutes.

     Divide the dough into 8 portions rolling each one into a 17 cm circle.

     Cook tortillas in a greased cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly browned.


Naan Bread

Soft and savory, Naan bread is the perfect way to accompany any Indian Ramadan recipe you wish to prepare during Ramadan. It also tastes great when dipped in a Hummus or Muhammara dip.



     ½ cup of warm water

     2 teaspoons of instant yeast

     1 teaspoon of sugar

     3 tablespoons of olive oil

     ¼ cup of plain yogurt

     1 egg

     ½ teaspoon of salt

     2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour

     2 tablespoons of melted butter

     2 teaspoons of minced garlic (optional)



     Combine in a bowl the warm water with yeast and sugar, letting the mixture sit for 5 minutes or until it is bubbly. Add to it olive oil, yogurt, egg, salt and 2 cups of flour, stirring until smooth.

     Keep adding flour to the dough if needed, kneading it a few times on a floured surface until it is soft and smooth.

     Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it and let it rise in a warm place until it is double in size

     Preheat a skillet on medium heat. Meanwhile, cut the dough into 8 pieces and on a floured surface, roll each piece into a 15 cm circle each.

     Add a little oil to a skillet or use non-stick spray and cook each circle for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Flip over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.

     Brush the top of each naan with melted butter and minced garlic (the garlic is optional).


Finally, dishwashing can be daunting during Ramadan, but Fairy Platinum gives you the same results in a 10-minute soak instead of soaking overnight, cutting through baked-on grease in no time.

Tell us in the comments what you thought of our homemade bread recipes and if you are thinking of preparing them this Ramadan!

For those with a sweet tooth, download now our homemade bread recipe for banana bread with a twist.

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