Ramadan 2024: 7 Rice-Based Dishes You Can Add To Sehri Spread

Sehri or Suhoor is the early morning time when even the sun has not risen and devotees indulge in a feast so that they can until sunset in the holy month of Ramadan. The pre-dawn spread has to be lightweight so that you can enjoy it without feeling weighed down. For feasting early in the morning, rice-based dishes are the best. 

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Being a good source of carbohydrates, it ensures you feel energised throughout the day. It satisfies hunger and does not lead to discomfort. The pre-dawn meal can be delicious and fulfilling if you choose to add the below-mentioned dishes to the spread. These dishes are easy to make and are nutritious too.

Mushroom Rice

Mushrooms help to reduce sodium intake, boost heart health, and support the immune system. Saute a cup of sliced mushrooms in a pan until brown and add a few spices to them later. Fold in cooked rice and saute. You can also add soaked rice and water and cook until the grains become soft. This dish can be prepared in under 20 minutes without much hassle. 

Tomato Rice

Enjoying heavy meals for pre-dawn can lead to discomfort in the stomach. But if you make tomato rice, the tangy flavour can help you boost your digestive system. It is a convenient option to opt for Sehri because your dish will be ready in no time. Saute tomato paste in a spoonful of ghee and add spices like turmeric powder, black pepper, garam masala, and red chilli powder. Once done, add rice and diced tomatoes, close the lid of the pressure cooker, and serve the dish hot.

Egg Fried Rice

Egg-fried rice is among a few dishes which is rich in carbohydrates as well as protein. You can do a little preparation for it by cooking rice at night and storing it in the refrigerator. In the morning, break a couple of eggs in the pan along with a few vegetables and saute along with spices and soy sauce. Add cooked rice into the mix, adjust the salt, and serve the dish along with refreshing beverages.

Coconut Milk Rice

If you would like to enjoy a hearty meal for Sehri, prepare rice with coconut. The dish is known for its rich flavour and creamy texture. Saute vegetables in a pan and add coconut milk to it. Once everything comes together, fold in rice grains, and adjust the consistency of water. This satisfying meal will be loved by children because it is less spicy and boasts a subtle sweet flavour.

Chicken Pulao

Starting your mornings with chicken can give your body a boost of protein that can keep you running throughout the day. It will ensure you stay satiated for long and not crave food while fasting. Start by cooking marinated pieces of chicken in aromatic spices. Once the chicken becomes tender, add soaked basmati rice to it, and cook. It pairs well with raita.

Lemon Rice

To add zesty flavours to the Suhoor spread, lemon rice is among the best options. Not only is it delicious but also lightweight. It promotes digestion and prevents you from feeling sleepy. Cook basmati rice with a handful of spices and lemon juice and temper with mustard seeds, red chilli, and roasted urad or chana dal. You will enjoy this flavourful delight even when you don’t feel like eating anything pre-dawn.


If you are running late for the morning prayer and need to make something in under 30 minutes, tehri is the best option. Saute a few vegetables in spices, add basmati rice to the mix, and pressure cook everything. Tehri is nutritious and can be made protein-rich by adding paneer, tofu, and soy chunks. While the tehri gets cooked, you can make lip-smacking savoury raita and enjoy the dish.