Here's a collection of Ramadan Recipes for Iftar dishes and Iftar menu ideas. Planning the Iftar menu in Ramadan can be overwhelming during the day while fasting.
Recipe52.com has been live for almost 6 years now. Gradually, I kept adding recipes for Ramadan / Iftar. Developing a recipe collection, especially for Ramadan was something I eagerly anticipated for a long time.
Freezing iftar snacks ahead of Ramadan can be a great way to divide some workload while providing good home-cooked food for the family. This post is full of ideas for iftar recipes with 50-plus recipes.
Why this round-up is best?
I highly recommend making a Ramadan menu and planning food ahead. This will save time and energy in Ramadan for Ibadat and give you peace and a sense of accomplishment as you will achieve more in Ramadan. I've divided the post into sections for convenience. Recipes are marked so you can easily plan things.
- Freezer friendly: the recipes that can be prepared ahead of Ramadan and can be frozen.
- A Quick Iftar: The food that is very easy to make in 30 minutes.
- Make ahead: these recipes can make 12-18 hours ahead and stored in the fridge.
- Marinated ahead: These recipes can be marinated ahead of Ramadan and frozen.
I wish this becomes your easy guide when you are looking forward to recipes for Iftar. Use the table of content for quick access to recipes.
Fried Snack recipes
Fried snacks in Ramadan are attractive in iftar dinner and convenient too. You can always fry them a little ahead and store them in the oven at a very low heat temperature to keep snacks crisp and fresh.
Make these crispy chicken egg rolls and satisfy your Chinese food craving! They are freezer friendly and get ready in just 40 minutes.
Batata Vada, a quick iftar recipe
Bata Vada is an Indian mashed potato dumpling that is covered in chickpea flour coating and deep-fried until crispy. It is usually served with a tangy and spicy chutney. This is the best Batata Vada recipe, I claim that. I know the word best is different for everyone but trust me these are so so good.
Kababs are king in iftar, as most kabab are high in protein they are great if you follow a high protein and low card diet. What more? Most of this kabab can be shallow fried, or air fried too with a little spray of oil for a healthy option.
Shami Kabab Recipe, Freezer friendly
Shami kabab needs no introduction. These are the most commonly made kababs in South Asia. This kabab is made with boneless meat and Bengal gram. Since they are cooked first and then rolled into kabab. They are most convenient to freeze in advance. You can also make Shami bun kabab with this kabab. These are shallow-fried kabab.
Hariyali Chicken can be marinated ahead.
Haryali chicken is basically chicken marinated in cilantro and mint paste. The Indian Hariyali chicken can be made on a regular pan, on a grill pan, in the oven, or over a barbecue pit. This is a very simple Indian recipe that requires very basic ingredients.
Malai Tikka Kabab, cab marinated ahead
Ready for the best chicken malai tikka or Malai boti? These are kids-friendly, soft, Reshmi tikka that has a creamy moderately spicy taste. These turn out better than in restaurants and you will never order them again because they are so easy to make.
Guess what you can marinate this chicken boti ahead, and you just need a few homemade spices. Defrost and skewer it early in the day and just pan-fry before iftar. Bonus tip, you can even bake it.
What's more this chicken boti can make a great filling for tikka sandwich or load it on tikka pizza. I'm already drooling. And with those make-ahead chutneys and raita in your freezer, this is just the perfect dinner to serve with frozen or fresh paratha or chapati.
Fried Chicken Recipes
Fried chicken is another great and sinfully delightful snack on an iftar dinner menu. Some of these can be baked or air-fried too.
Chicken Dynamite, a quick iftar recipe
This recipe of Chicken dynamite is fail-proof and super easy. This chicken is perfect for the appetizer and is loved by kids and adults alike. It originated in P.F. Chang restaurant and it was created to provide a local alternative to dynamite shrimp.
Crispy Chicken Tenders, a frozen iftar recipe
I'm so proud of this recipe, it tastes delicious. The crispy crunch is so satisfying to bite. And it is so easy to make and the cornflakes coating stays crisp for a long. So this recipe is freezer friendly, plus you can fry ahead and keep them in the oven warm for some time until served.
Lahori Chargha, can be marinated ahead.
Chargha is soft succulent fried chicken marinated overnight in a spicy and tangy rub and steamed. Steaming is followed by deep-frying which is the authentic way. In another healthier version marinated and steamed chicken is baked in an oven until crispy. A must-try.
I personally love these Ramadan recipes that can be enjoyed as Iftar Dinner as well. These pasta dishes are a great escape from fried snacks. Why I love these because they can be prepared a night ahead (and you just need to hide it until sahoor. ) Then reheat and melt the cheese before iftar and YO, so easy. You can now have a break from regular frying and last-minute tasks.
This oven-baked crispy Keema naan bread is stuffed with spicy and tangy kabab-like ground meat. They are also called keema walay naan. And what's more, they melt in the mouth soft from the inside and crispy from the outside. This Keema naan recipe has many variations and I shared both oven and Tawa cooking methods.
Chicken Spinach Lasagna, make ahead
For us, lasagna is a cheesy affair! Some chicken, some veggies, some white sauce, and a load of cheesy business with the golden broiled tempting crust. Yes! we are talking about a creamy, cheesy, bubbling white chicken spinach lasagna right out of the oven. The taste! It is creamy melt-in-the-mouth yum, the taste is elaborated with spices, spinach, and veggies.
Paratha Roll bake, make-ahead
This recipe is a hallmark of desi cooking wedded with western style. As we use frozen paratha and tikka chicken to make the rolls, it is easy to assemble the dish. The chutneys used to make these rolls are mint and tamarind chutney. Both chutneys are stapled in Ramadan in any desi home.
Special One-Pot Recipes
Dabba Chicken Pie Recipe is a fancier chicken version of the traditional Bohra Dabba Gosht. On the surface, this pie appears just another type of Alfredo pasta.
But dig through it and you’ll find cashew instead of flour and yogurt instead of milk. Not to mention coconut milk and the layer of fried eggs on top. This pie is a lavish treat.
I love my noodles, and so do my kids too. Noodles are a delight just like cheesy pasta from regular snacks and we just love it in Ramadan. I can have it in sahoor too.
Pakistani Ramadan Special recipes
Some recipes are a must-have in Ramadan like haleem. Other easy recipes like sandwiches can work as the main course as well as iftar. Keeping it light and easy on busy days.
Chicken haleem can be great if you wish to avoid red meat for any reason. This recipe shares the Haleem masala recipe and all tips from scratch for a Dhaba style delicious and sticky haleem.
Now honestly, the best and healthiest things on iftar are fruits and a quick smoothie. We prefer keeping the iftar light and enjoying the main course after prayer.
You do not feel lethargic with light drinks and keep you hydrated too. Because these drinks are shakes and heavy you do not end up consuming too much sugar that comes in commercial drinks and sharbat. Dates and granola are best for iftar. You can also have 1-2 servings of a healthy high-fiber biscuit to keep you full till dinner. Early dinner and light iftar are the best ways to keep you healthy in Ramadan.
While all other snacks in the post are enjoyed by kids and occasionally and guilt fully in small servings by us too.
These gooey, chewy coconut date balls are healthy snacks that boost energy levels at their best. And it tastes so delicious that even the kids cannot resist these bite-sized snacks.
You need just 5 ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make it and they can last for 2 weeks in fridge or a acouple of days outside as well.
This Date roll recipe will steal your heart and is perfect for any festive celebration like Christmas, Easter, or Eid. What makes this date nut roll even amazing is that it has, no gluten, no eggs, no sugar. It is absolutely vegan, healthy, and nutritious. Because it is naturally sweetened with dates and enriched with nutrients from nuts, these make a great pre-workout snack for instant energy.
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50+ Iftar Recipes for Ramadan and Potato Cheese Ball recipe
- 500 grams potatoes, preferably russet
- 3-4 tablespoon bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh corriander
- 2 tablespoon chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ tablespoon red chilli powder, or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- ¾ teaspoon salt or more to taste, or more to taste
- 100 gram cheddar cheese, cut into ½ inch cubes
- ¼ teaspoon red chilli flakes
- ¼ teaspoon dried basil , or any other herb
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoon cornflour
- 1-2 eggs , as needed
- ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- Oil , to fry
- Wash and boil potatoes in a large pot with salt. Peel off the skin and mash potatoes until smooth. (See expert tips above the recipe card.)
- Add all ingredients of seasoning to the mashed potato and mix well.
- Cut cheese into 25 cubes. Season cheese by mixing red chili, black pepper, and herbs in it.
Roll Potato Balls
- Roll 25 balls out of meshed potato and simultaneously inserting cheese cubes into each ball. Make sure the cheese cube is completely covered with potato.
Double coating of bread crumbs
- Beat eggs with salt, red chilli powder and water. Set aside.
- Roll all ball first in cornflour. Then roll each ball in egg wash and then in bread crumbs.
- For double coating, dip each balls again in egg wash and then in bread crumb.
- Place balls in fridge for 30 minute to firm.
- Deep fry potato cheese ball in small batches on medium heat for 2-3 minutes then increase heat and fry on high heat for 1-2 minutes until golden and crispy.
- Place unfried balls separately in a tray and freeze for 2 hours. Then transfer all balls in a air tight box or zip lock bag. These balls can be frozen for a month or more. Fry frozen balls directly without thawing on medium heat. Frozen balls will take more time to fry.
- Potato: Use russet potato for best result. Sometimes even after taking all precautions potatoes still get mushy. To overcome this add gradually 1 tablespoon extra bread crumb until the potato mixture is thick enough to roll.
- Cheese: I've mentioned cheddar cheese in the recipe card but you can use any cheese that melts (well upon heating like mozzarella.
- Spices: You can always adjust the seasoning to your taste and skip chilies if making for your toddler.
- Corn flour: Use any flour you have in hand like plain flour or gram flour.
- Eggs: If looking for a vegan option, use cornflour slurry to dip the potato balls then roll in bread crumbs.
- Herbs: I like cilantro and green onion best and they are always in hand. Parsley, dill, or chives are other options for herbs.