Ramadan and mouth-watering dishes are synonyms. You can watch the streets filled with delicacies and special Ramadan recipes that can only be tasted during this holy month. This year, the month of Ramadan will last until 11 April. So, if you have missed enjoying any of the Ramadan special dishes and want to prepare these Ramadan recipes for your guests, here is a list of Ramadan dishes you can try making at home.

Why do Muslims fast during Ramadan?

Fasting during Ramadan constitutes one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which forms the fundamental principles of the Islamic faith and practice. The fast is intended to instill self-discipline and empathy for less fortunate people. Muslims believe fasting purifies the soul, enhances spiritual awareness, and reinforces one's relationship with Allah.

During this holy month, people wake up each day before sunrise and have a meal called suhoor. After abstaining from food and water for the rest of the day, they break their fast at sunset with a feast known as Iftar, often shared with family and friends.

The grand celebration of Eid al-Fitr marks the conclusion of Ramadan. During this joyous festival, Muslims revel in the company of loved ones and relish traditional cuisine, exchange presents, and give generously to charitable causes.

Also Read: Best Places to Witness Eid Celebrations in India

Hearty Ramadan Meals for Iftar

Fasting from dawn to sunset can be physically challenging, and the body needs nourishment to replenish the energy depleted during the day. Therefore, eating a nutritious meal that provides the necessary fuel and sustenance to get through the rest of the day is essential. Also eating dates are the must to break the fast and it's a tradition called sunnah. So we have an elaborate Ramadan recipe list that you can enjoy right from breaking the fast with dates to enjoying lip-smacking Iftar dishes!


Also Read: 7 Dishes from India that You Must Try on Eid-ul-Fitr

  1. Bhuni Raan


Indulge in the flavors of North India with the lip-smacking Bhuni Raan! This renowned delicacy features a leg lamb fried to perfection with a blend of aromatic spices. This dish can be best enjoyed with roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables.

  1. Chatti Pathiri

Chatti Pathiri, a delectable delicacy from the Malabar region of Kerala, is a traditional layered pastry that is savoured during special occasions and the holy month of Ramadan. Made from a batter of flour, eggs, and milk, this palatable pastry is layered with a spiced meat or vegetable filling; each layer is slathered with ghee and then baked to a beautiful golden hue.

  1. Pomegranate Stew with Chicken (Khoresh Fesenjan)

Khoresh Fesenjan is a sumptuous traditional Persian delicacy with pomegranate molasses and ground walnuts. This savoury stew is usually served with rice and is often enjoyed on special occasions in Iran. This unique dish can be a delicious Ramzan dish to enjoy with your family during Iftar.

  1. Muhammara

Muhammara, a Middle Eastern dip, is a delectable blend of red peppers, walnuts, breadcrumbs, and spices that tantalizes the taste buds with rich, savoury flavours. Adding pomegranate molasses, a syrup made from the juice of tart pomegranates, adds a tangy note to the dish and balances the spice of the roasted peppers. Muhammara is traditionally served as a dip with pita bread or vegetables. This dish is a true feast for the senses and a must-try for anyone looking for unique and delicious Iftar recipes.

  1. Umm Ali

Umm Ali, a delectable dessert of Egyptian origin, is like a bread pudding characterized by alternating layers of phyllo pastry, milk, nuts, and sugar. The dish is sweetened with cinnamon and powdered sugar and is served warm. This sweet dish has transcended time to become a beloved dessert across the Middle East, often gracing tables during festive events and other special occasions. This can be one of the most delicious Ramadan dishes for the Iftar feast.

  1. Basbousa

This delectable treat from the Middle East is made of semolina, flour, sugar, yoghurt, butter, and baking powder. It is traditionally soaked in a syrup made with sugar, water, lemon juice or rose water, giving it a sweet and aromatic flavour. Basbousa is commonly served with tea or coffee, delighting palates with its taste and texture. It is also an ideal sweet snack or a splendid addition to any dessert table.

     7. Stuffed Dates

Stuffed dates are a classic way to break the fast with dates. Just adding a little cream or nuts like crushed almonds and pistachios to the dates will help those who aren't big fans of dates to enjoy it more.

     8. Date Roll

Imagine a delightful treat, a creative twist on the classic stuffed date. It's a log-shaped blend of dates and nuts, sliced into elegant rounds. Its visual appeal is as captivating as its delightful flavor, making it a true standout among Ramadan dishes!

These are a few delicious Iftar food ideas you must try this year during Ramadan. Indulge in the diversity of flavours and cultures and discover the culinary gems.

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