From comforting classics to innovative creations, take a look at 20 recipes perfect for Iftar

In a wholesome array of meaty, vegetarian and sweet dishes, dive into our expertly curated list of delectable recipes you can enjoy this Ramazan

From comforting classics to innovative creations, take a look at 20 recipes perfect for Iftar

During the holy month of Ramazan, I am pretty sure all those fasting, at some point, have been posed with—what I consider— the most inevitable question that can pop-up in a non-muslim’s head: So you can’t eat or drink anything, not even water? As someone who was brought up in a muslim household, this is a question I answer every year without fail. And while to others fasting for 12-14 hours a day (or even more) may sound like a herculean feat, it’s not as difficult as having to answer the question ‘what shall we have for iftar, today?’, for the next 30 days.

All jokes aside, food holds a profound significance in Iftar celebrations, serving as a symbol of togetherness as families and friends gather to break their fasts together. Moreover, the variety and richness of iftar dishes reflect a blend of traditional flavours and modern interpretations. For this very reason, we are here with a list of 20 recipes that will serve you with inspiration and take away the stress of figuring out what to eat. From rich meat-based dishes to easy vegetarian recipes and even a couple dessert options, check out our Iftar menu playlist to answer that one haunting questions that almost never seems to have an answer.

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Warqi Samosa
If you are searching for the quintessential iftar delight, look no further than the irresistible warqi samosa. Crafted with tender shredded chicken or mutton, these samosas are infused with a medley of aromatic spices packed in a golden, crunchy exterior.

Lamb Galouti Kebabs
Ideal for iftar, these exquisite kebabs can be savoured in various delightful ways. Pair them with your favourite choice of Indian flatbreads for a classic feast, or wrap them in a warm roti for a convenient yet luxurious treat. However you choose to enjoy them, lamb galouti kebabs are sure to appeal to your taste buds.

Gular Ke Kebab
Gular ke kebab, made with lentils and kheema, strikes a harmonious balance between sweet and spicy flavours. Whether enjoyed on their own or paired with your favourite accompaniments, these kebabs are a great choice for iftar.

Nargisi Kofta
Nargisi kofta is a tempting dish reminiscent of classic Scotch eggs. The process of creating nargisi kofta involves wrapping the boiled eggs with a spiced minced meat batter before frying or baking to golden perfection. The result is a delectable combination of tender meat and creamy egg, infused with aromatic spices and herbs.

Egg Pattice
Egg pattice, also known as egg chops is a savoury dish made with boiled eggs enveloped in a seasoned mashed potato mixture, creating a crispy golden-brown exterior when shallow fried to perfection. Pair it with tangy chutneys or creamy dips to further enhance its flavours.

Thread Chicken
Add a flavourful twist to your iftar experience with a fun recipe that combines the best of crispy textures and savoury flavours. Seasoned chicken wrapped in boiled noodles and fried until golden brown, this delightful snack adds a touch of creativity to your iftar spread.

Kala Chana Masala
If you are looking for a vegetarian dish, opt in for a kala chana masala. This easy street-style recipe promises a satisfying and nourishing addition to your iftar menu. Serve it hot, garnished with fresh cilantro leaves and a squeeze of lemon for an extra burst of freshness.

Bohri Keema Samosas
Bohri keema samosas boast a filling of minced mutton meat, seasoned with spices and herbs, and then smoked to perfection. Encased in a crispy outer shell, these golden-brown delights are a perfect addition to your iftar spread.

Rooh Afza Milk
Quench your thirst with a refreshing Rooh Afza Milk, an addition to your iftar spread that doubles as a cooling summer treat that’s sure to be a hit with its luscious texture and sweet flavour.

Khajoor Chocolate
Dates have always been the hero of any Iftar spread. But this time we say give them a little makeover. Succulent dates when dipped in luxurious chocolate give you a chewy, caramel-like texture that makes for a lovely iftar treat.

Paneer Bread Pakora
Combining the richness of paneer with the crispiness of bread, these paneer bread pakoras are a flavourful solution to your hunger pangs during Ramazan. With its crunchy exterior and soft, flavorful filling, it's an easy recipe and a safe bet for breaking the fast.

Crispy Schezwan Paneer Fritters
Looking for some zest in your iftar spread? These schezwan paneer fritters make for a spicy and crunchy addition, bringing a burst of flavour to your palate after a day of fasting.

Falafel, with its savoury chickpea goodness, is an ideal iftar choice, providing a protein-packed option for breaking the fast. This recipe is not only delicious but also nutritious, offering a satisfying snack to break a long day’s fast during Ramadan.

Paneer Shashlik
If you like paneer dishes, this paneer shashlik will definitely entice you. With marinated paneer and colourful veggies grilled to perfection, this recipe is perfect for the days you crave something delicious and healthy.

Kaleji Fry
Kaleji fry, with its rich and indulgent flavours, is a traditional dish that offers a burst of spices and aroma, making it a favourite among those celebrating Ramadan.

Indian Boti Kebab
With its mouth-watering appeal and juicy texture, this classic dish will add warmth and richness to your iftar spread during Ramadan.

Chilli Paneer
More often than not, after not eating the whole day, the palate tends to crave a medley of flavours, all at once. Hence the chilli paneer seems like a satisfying option for iftar. With its crispy exterior and tangy sauce, this recipe is a crowd-pleaser.

Fruit custard
A classic fruit custard proves to be quite a refreshing dish, packed with a variety of fruits and creamy custard. This easy wholesome dessert is probably all that you need to recharge when its time for iftar.

Goli Baje
Step away from the normal vadas and opt in for the crispy yet fluffy goli baje. These golden fritters when paired with coconut chutney are bursting with flavour, making them a desired addition to the iftar spread.

Chinese Pakoda
Offering a unique twist on traditional pakoras, Chinese Pakoda is an exciting choice for iftar. With its fusion of Chinese flavours and crispy texture, it adds a deliciously spicy kick to the menu.

Save this guide for inspiration as iftar times comes closer. Don’t fret over the looming question, just pick your favourite and get to making it!

Natasha Kittur

Natasha Kittur

Natasha Kittur is an aspiring writer. Her love for anything with cheese and spice is profound, but a white sauce pasta always tops her list. In her free time you will catch her reading or watching crime books and shows or go on and on about psychological experiments and theories. She aims to write a book in the fictional genre someday.

Simran Dsouza

Simran Dsouza

Simran's free time is often spent in a sanctuary of literature, losing herself in the solace and excitement of each story. But her culinary cravings add a layer of spontaneity to her life, as she indulges in the satisfaction of fried chicken strips and the irresistible allure of crisp fries. With her random food cravings striking at any hour, her food adventures are as diverse as her literary pursuits.

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