Iftar recipes – A collection of Iftar recipes for Ramadan. Iftar is a meal that is served at the end of the day to break the fast during the holy month of Ramadan. The ninth month of the Islamic calender is known as Ramadan also written as ramazan, ramzan or Ramadhan. Muslims across the globe observe fast for 29 to 30 days to commemorate the first disclosure of Quran. (source:wiki).
Though the essence of fasting during Ramadan is spiritual, it also helps to tune the mind and body. During this month, people involve more in charities, spiritual readings and get together for the Iftar meal to strengthen the family bonds.
Traditionally muslims break the fast with dates and or water. Haleem & nombu kanji are also consumed to break the fast in some south Indian states. After the evening prayers, iftar is taken and is usually enjoyed with friends, family and community. Many people enjoy the pleasure of hosting iftar parties at home where they get to greet and share the food together with the community. A variety of foods are prepared for the iftar meal which includes fresh fruit juices, appetizers & soups etc. Even restaurants offer buffet iftar meals during the month long period.
Special dishes like sheer kurma, shahi tukda, dum biryani, samosa,many veg and meat appetizers include the menu. However each region has their own special dishes and is a personal choice as well. I had a lot of requests from readers during Ramadan last year for a compiled post of Iftar recipes, so I put in an effort to make this post. Any suggestions to enhance this page are most welcome.
Eating healthy is very important during the fasting days. Include lot of fresh fruits & vegetables in your sehri/ suhoor and iftar menu. Focus on whole grains, lentils, eggs and lean meat for protein. Consume red meat, fried foods and sugar desserts in moderation. Avoid or at least minimize consumption of coffee, tea, sugar loaded smoothies & beverages. Otherwise they may lead to dehydration, acidity and sleeplessness. Do not overindulge in foods. Eat in moderation, include a variety of healthy foods and experience the benefits of fasting.
On this page, you can find healthy beverages, healthy snacks, non-veg appetizers/snacks, veg appetizers/snacks and then some desserts.
Here are my suggestions for quick foods if you are running short of time and are unable to go through the entire post.
IFTAR RECIPES – Quick Menu
|Anjeer barfi||20 Mins||16 squares|
|Date Nut Balls||35 Mins||2 to 3|
|Oatmeal pancakes||25 Mins||4|
|Chicken pakoda||35 mins||2 to 3|
|Paneer Roll||25 mins||3 to 4|
|Dates halwa||9 mins||15 squares|
|Badam milk||16 mins||2 to 3|
|Chicken Dum biryani||1 Hour||3 to 4|
After a day long fasting, the body needs to be hydrated & rejuvenated well. A healthy natural homemade fruit juice, smoothie/ milkshake or a clear soup does the job well. These recipes are not only healthy, they will keep you hydrated and boost energy instantly. Try to minimize the use of sugar. A glass of barley water can be consumed regularly before you begin to fast. This will keep you hydrated through out the day.
Iftar recipes – beverages, salads, soups
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Iftar recipes for Ramadan – non-veg Appetizers & Snacks
Some of these are tawa fried and some deep fried. Consume deep fried foods in moderation.
Iftar recipes – Vegetarian Snacks
These are mostly deep fried or baked.
Iftar recipes – Sweets / desserts