Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and a sacred month which Muslims across the world observe by fasting from sunrise to sunset. And it also happens to fall on the same week that restaurants are reopening for outdoor dining. Bit rude. While that means you might not be having brunches, or outdoor lunches for the next month, you can still have iftar at your favourite restaurant, or you can enjoy that restaurant food at home. And these halal meal kits are some of our favourites.
THE MEAL KITS
If you spend your fasting hours watching videos of cheese-pulls and wishing you could get involved, this meal kit is for you. Philly cheesesteak specialists Passyunk Avenue are delivering cheesesteaks, wings, and combo bundles all over London. You can choose between provolone, American, and wiz cheese, or - ideally - a mixture of all three.
Ceru is a Levantine restaurant in South Kensington that we’ve always hit up when we want to pretend we’re somewhere far, far away eating houmous by the bucketful. And you can bring that whole sunshine feeling home this Ramadan, with their very aesthetically pleasing meal kits, that come complete with a silky cloth wrap that yes, we will be wearing as a neckerchief to the cornershop, thank you very much. Starting at £40 there are multiple kits to choose from, including a beef fillet option, and a slow roasted lamb shoulder situation that comes with spiced roast potatoes.
A Sri Lankan feast is on the cards if you order the Kalupol Chicken Kit from Hoppers’ online store Cash & Kari. At £45, it promises to feed up to four people with mutton rolls and hot dipping sauce, a whole marinated chicken ready to roast, a selection of sambols and garnishes, banana chips, pol roti dough, and two chocolate-coco biscuit puddings to share. There are also a couple of smaller kits centred on a lamb kothu and a paneer kothu respectively, as well as a variety of snacks and spices. Just remember to order before 11pm on Sunday for nationwide delivery the following Friday.
You might not have heard of a naco before this sentence, but you’re definitely going to want to get to know them after it. This is because the naan tacos at this British-Afghan BBQ spot are excellent. And they’re delivering their DIY naco kits across the UK. They come with smoked meat - either brisket or lamb - mini naan, toppings like Afghan green chutney, crispy onions, and sour cream - and as well as all that, they also have a vegan naco kit. Order here.
Ramadan feasts can come in all shapes and sizes including rectangular ones with a golden pastry lid. Empire is Gunpowder’s new delivery service, sending out homemade lamb or shahi mushroom dum biryanis, alongside other bits like beef boti kebab, aubergine salan, and more. You can find their two-person feasts over on Dishpatch.
Pre-pandemic these smoked meat specialists were operating out of a food truck in Spitalfields Market, and now, as a silver lining of sorts, they have a nationwide delivery service which means you can order their excellent halal meat to your home. Their online menu has everything from smoked brisket burgers, and a whole spatchcock smoked chicken, to a 10-hour smoked whole spring lamb shoulder. The whole menu is pretty tempting, but if you’re only getting one thing don’t miss their brisket. You can get up to 2kg of the good stuff, alongside some flatbread and other bits to make your own brisket creation, or you can go for their brisket burgers. Basically, we don’t care how you do it, just as long as you get that 14-hour smoked beef on your iftar spread.
This street food kitchen is now delivering burger kits nationwide. They do a halal version of their double cheeseburger, with turkey bacon, and all kits come with everything you need, down to their signature burger salt. You can place an order here.
JKS Restaurants, the group that owns Gymkhana, Trishna, and Brigadiers (amongst others) has launched Ambassador General Store where you can buy individual dishes like tandoori lamb chops, BBQ butter chicken wings, and more dishes or meal boxes from their roster of restaurants.
A go-to for laksa in London, you can now get Sambal Shiok’s signature campur-style curry laksa to make at home. The kit is the equivalent of the special (with both poached chicken and king prawns) and comes with fat rice noodles, fried tofu puffs, bean sprouts, green beans, all in their hot shrimp-based broth. Or you can opt for their limited edition Ramadan special Beef Rendang Nasi Ambeng for two, which includes everything from their beef rendang and potato curry puffs, to a chocolate cardamom cake to end with. Order here.
Fire up your BBQ or, alternatively, pop to the shop and buy one of those grass-singeing tin numbers, because Berenjak are doing DIY kabab kits. The Iranian spot in Soho has three delicious-sounding at-home kits, including a mazeh box with their excellent freshly made sangak bread, and also a couple of kabab box choices. One of which includes ‘bespoke metal skewers’, which sounds like a collaboration between Nisbets and Savile Row.
This Indian spot in Willesden has been around for over 40 years, and has been serving locals it’s signature biryani ever since. If you’re lucky enough to be in the delivery radius, you can order it to your house, but if not, their DIY biryani kits are here to help. Choose from their pre-cooked mutton biryani and chicken biryani which you can either get in 2kg or 4kg sizes and comes fully cooked and ready to heat and assemble, or their starter kit which has all the ingredients to cook your own biryani rice at home (minus the meat). We’d go for the 4kg because we know (from experience) that you’ll be in the mood for it by the time it comes to suhoor.
Texas-style barbecue restaurant, Smoke & Bones is not messing around with its smokehouse burger box. It has enough for four burgers, each with full halal beef mince, beef brisket, and turkey rashers inside. And if that sounds good to you, you should probably know that you can find wagyu brisket burnt ends covered in barbecue sauce in the meat section of their online shop. Just saying. Order here.
Flesh & Buns
When you’re running on no food or drink for 15 hours, it can get tiring. And when you’re tired, a pillowy bao is exactly what you want. It’s fluffy, filled with halal fried chicken thighs, and an easy way to have a cheeky mid-week bao bun fix. Flesh and Buns’ kit comes with everything from the bamboo steamer and chicken thighs, to BBQ mayo and a fluffy buns. All you have to do is follow the instructions and enjoy some excellent bao at home.