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Easy Ramadan Recipes

10 Easy Recipe Ideas for Iftar!

“There are many different ways to celebrate a festivity. But comforting yet delicious meals top the list!”

It's that time of the year, Ramadan!🕌

We witness things like:

  • Fasting for self-discipline and empathy
  • Taraweeh prayers at mosques
  • Sharing personal stories during iftar meals
  • Acts of kindness for blessings
  • Tempting dishes at iftar

We all eagerly wait for the most exciting part, the Iftar! As soon as the sun sets, it's time to run to the dining area and indulge in the tasty-looking meals to break the fast(sawm). A range of delectables including aromatic biryani, tender and juicy kebabs, crispy samosas, buttery naan bread, exquisite desserts, and whatnot!

"What a beautiful view! Especially after a day-long fast" 🤤

They await us, enticing our senses with their tantalizing essence and vibrant colors. Each dish is carefully prepared with a medley of spices, flavors, a few pairs of nurturing hands, and an overflowing sense of love to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan!

We know that deciding on the dishes can be as hard as it can get. And with the ocean of recipes that you will find on the internet? Phew! Let alone the recipes the chef in you has in mind!

So for This Ramadan, We Have Your back!

To make things easier we have compiled 10 delicious Ramadan recipes that you can make for this Iftar! Psst, these are not your usual written recipes that are pretty hard to follow. We have linked our video recipes! Yeah we know, it is a great idea 😎

Feel free to adjust spiciness/sweetness levels according to your taste. You can also make alterations by substituting your choice of protein/meats/and vegetables. If you're feeling creative make your versions of our recipes and share them with us through the comments!

Let's dive right in! 👉

  1. Chicken Biriyani
    The people's favorite Chicken Biriyani is one of the oldest and most enjoyed dishes around the world. Despite being around for a long time, it still manages to rule our taste buds. The unique fusion of Indian spices and animal meat/vegetables, cooked with rice is a must-have, as it makes a great centerpiece for your dining table. In many countries, people have tweaked biriyani according to their personal preferences. Nevertheless, it has not lost its originality as the heavenly aroma remains soul-stirring!

Key Tips: Buy good quality chicken with bones as bone-in flesh adds more depth. Generously add freshly ground spices for a powerful flavor burst. Additionally, you can top it up with a pinch of saffron and crispy fried onions for that kick!
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  1. Pakistani Chicken Karahi
    Chicken karahi, a beloved Pakistani and North Indian dish, is cooked in a deep, circular karahi pot. Chicken, tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and a concoction of Indian spices come together over high heat creating a rich, spicy, and slightly charred curry. If you're making rotis, naans, or parathas, make sure you have chicken karahi to pair them with. Washing the vessel would be easy as they would have licked it clean!

Key Tips: Try using a karahi or a wok, to make it an authentic experience. Toast the spices before grinding them together for that distinctive flavor.

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  1. Dry Fruits Laddu
    What's a diet when it doesn't involve a sweet?🍬 These tasty yet nutritious laddus are made of body-loving nuts and dry fruits like cashews, almonds, and raisins which will please your sweet cravings. These small rolls are packed with essential nutrients and energy that you will require to sustain the fasting. Now you can give your kids "healthy laddus!"

Key Tips: Don't forget to add spices like cardamom, saffron, and nutmeg for an enhanced flavor. Quickly roll the laddus before the mixture gets hard. Add coconut shavings for that punch!

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  1. Paneer Kofta Curry
    This creamy paneer kofta curry is another gravy that you can eat your naans or rotis with. It's the perfect choice if you want a velvety, mildly spiced curry that will transport you to heaven without burning your mouth! It's a versatile dish that allows you to make it according to your preferences. The kofta balls can be made with meat too!

Key Tips: Squeeze out excess moisture from the mixture to avoid soggy koftas. Allow the koftas to simmer in the gravy for a few minutes before serving for deliciously soft koftas.

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  1. Rabdi Falooda
    Now I know what you are craving😋. This instant Rabdi Falooda is on its way to give you the perfect chilled dessert to please your sweet tooth! It's a well-balanced delight that has the crunchiness of the nuts and the chewiness of the seviyan, all in a creamy milk base. You can get creative and add tutti frutti, a dollop of ice cream, rose syrup and more!

Key Tips: Slow cook the rabdi while stirring constantly. Chill the rabdi before assembling the falooda. Rinse the cooked seviyan to prevent their lumps.

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  1. Crispy Thread Chicken
    Fried chicken meets creativity🤝🏼. Each bite delivers a satisfying crunch, complemented by the juicy and flavorful chicken within. The unique "threaded" texture adds an extra dimension to the dish, making it both visually appealing and delicious. These are guaranteed to keep the kids coming in for more!

Key Tips: Ensure that the chicken pieces are thin and uniform for even cooking. Freeze the individual pieces before frying, so they don't lose their shape. And of course, proper marination is a must!

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  1. Mango Coconut Barfi
    There cannot be a single human who dislikes mangoes. But if you do, you must try these Mango Coconut Barfis! These bite-sized barfis combine the luscious sweetness of ripe mangoes, with the fresh crunchiness of coconut. Their vibrant yellow makes you want to run to them even on a Sunday morning!

Key Tips: Use ripe and naturally sweet mangoes like Alphonso. Cook the mixture on low heat until it comes to a tacky texture. Chill the mixture until it is firm enough to be cut into desired shapes.

Click to watch the video!

  1. Onion Samosas
    Let's take a moment to reminisce about the mighty samosas that we all had at birthday parties as kids😌. Onion samosas are savory pastries that boast a golden, crispy exterior, encasing a flavorful filling of finely chopped onions seasoned with aromatic spices. It's no wonder why people from all around the world love these crispy, hot, and scrumptious triangles.

Key Tips: Master the technique of folding and sealing the samosas to prevent them from bursting open during frying. Use hot oil at medium heat for crispy outer and soft inner. Allow paper towels to absorb excess oil to preserve crispiness. You can also add boiled potatoes, peas, or even meat to the filling!

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  1. Chicken Momos
    Momos don't even need to be fried to taste amazing, even steamed momos remain irresistibly delicious👌. These dumplings hide a flavor explosion within the plain-white surface. Whether you eat it with Red chili chutney, mayonnaise, or both mixed, they always leave us wanting more!

Key Tips: Make sure the dough is rolled into thin wrappers if you're kneading it yourself. The filling can be made with a variety of things including cabbage, carrots, potatoes, onions, paneer, tofu, mushrooms, and more!

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  1. Kesar Badam Kulfi
    There's always room for dessert even after the heaviest meal of your life🤭. These instantly melt inside your mouth after biting giving a chilled and creamy flavour explosion. With no doubt, it's the perfect way to end a day!

Key Tips: Slowly simmer full-fat milk on low heat until it reduces by about one-third of its original volume. Allow the kulfi mixture to cool completely before pouring it into molds to prevent ice crystals. Freeze the kulfi molds for at least 6-8 hours, or preferably overnight, until they are completely set.  

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These 10 simple Iftar recipes are more than just dishes; they're the spark that ignites the warmth and joy of Ramadan in your home!

So, as you prepare to break your fast, let these recipes be a reminder of the blessings of this sacred month. Whether you're indulging in the comforting embrace of Chicken Biriyani or savoring the sweetness of Mango Coconut Barfi, may every bite nourish your body and soul.

With these recipes at your fingertips, may your Ramadan be filled with abundance, love, and moments to cherish. Let the glow of the season illuminate your home and hearts. Ramadan Kareem! 🌙✨

PS: Don’t forget to tag us when you share pictures of these recipes! We’d love to hear how your family enjoyed these dishes through the comment section below!



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