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.
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.
Gobi Manchurian, a quick recipe
Gobi Manchurian is made from cauliflower florets dipped in batter and deep-fried. The fried cauliflower is then tossed in a sweet and sour tomato ketchup sauce. The result is a juicy flavourful appetizer that is on the spicier side.
Fried Potatoes, a quick iftar recipe
What makes these fried potatoes absolutely amazing is, it needs just a few spices. As we alway keep a bottle of roasted and grounded cumin and coriander powder. I can make these potato fries in a breeze.
Potato Cheese Balls | Video Tutorial
This snack is a favorite of young and old alike. These balls taste great and can be made in advance and frozen. The double bread crumb coating of bite-sized cheese balls with cheese inside.
Keema Samosa (Mince Samosa) Freezer friendly
This is a spicy samosa recipe. The spice of mince along with the crunch and sweetness of onions make a lovely combo. And when you dip your super crunchy samosa in green chutney, it's a delight in every bite. You can freeze these too.
Fried Eggplant fries are a healthier version of regular fries with fewer calories than a potato. These are lighter fries with a crispy coating and spongy inside. They are simply delicious and no one can detect what is inside.
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.
Chapli kabab Recipe
The origin of this kabab is Peshawar, Pakistan. Chapli kabab is raw mince kabab that is shallow fried and has pomegranate arils and tomato chunks in it. They are super easy to make and 'Chatpatta' in taste. These are shallow fried kabab.
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.
Mince Cutlets Recipe, frozen iftar recipes
These mince cutlets are soft, juicy, and full of flavors. These are again very simple but delicious amongst fried snacks. You can also use cutlets in your burger as burger petti. They can be made in advance and can be frozen for a month.
Chicken Seekh Kabab
This Chicken Seekh Kebab recipe is a crowd pleaser and is inspired by my uncle who marinated and barbecued these delicious kababs Eid after Eid and cherished the festival. This will be the best seekh kabab recipe from scratch you ever came across.
Seekh kabab, a quick iftar recipe
In this recipe, I've shared detail of different methods to make seekh kabab masala. I have also shared the recipe for seekh kabab masala. But you can also use a ready-made spice mix to save time. These are stir fry kabab and not even shallow fried.
Aloo patties, make-ahead
Aloo patties are every kid's favorite snack. These patties are double distaff a good yummy you eat.
Aloo Tikki , quick iftar recipe
Aloo tikki is Indian Potato Cutlets, making aloo tikki is the easiest thing if you have a recipe in hand. Why? Because the steps are super simple the only trick is getting the right taste and proper proportions to get that crispy texture without breaking.
Chicken nuggets, frozen iftar recipe
An all-time favorite, kid-friendly, freezer-friendly recipe. Since you can make it ahead and it never fails to please, I love it.
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.
Chicken 65, a quick iftar recipe
If you like chicken to be juicy, and its crust loaded with flavors of tempering. Chicken 65 is just what you want. It's spicy, it's aromatic, it's juicy, it's tangy too. It is also easy to make.
Crispy Sesame Nuggets Recipe, frozen iftar recipes
Sesame gives a unique twist of taste to regular nuggets. These nuggets can be fried, baked, or even frozen ahead of Ramadan.The recipe shares instruction for all methods. You can also use these nuggets to make sweet and sour chicken.
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.
Balochi Chicken Tikka Karahi, a quick iftar recipe
This Chicken Tikka Karahi is the epitome of fusion like Tikka cut wedded with Karahi masala and fried spices; a recipe to absolute deliciousness in every bite. This is a typical Balochi style Karahi served on Dhabas near the highway.
Bohra Fried Chicken can be frozen ahead
Any fried chicken lovers here? Well, this Bohri fried chicken is not crispy-crusted chicken like most other chicken. It has a soft, succulent coating made with bread crumbs, cooked chicken, and eggs.
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 Alfredo Pasta
What could be more delicious than Chicken corn and pasta wrapped in a cheesy casserole? Yes, I’ve also prepared a video tutorial so you can easily make this dish. YUM!
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.
Alfredo Chicken Crepe, make-ahead
These are delicious absolutely! You can make everything in advance and heat it in the microwave. If you like cheese, creamy, spicy Iftar. This dish is for you.
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.
Bread Lasagna pie with Chicken and vegetables, make-ahead
This is another easy assemble cheesy and creamy pie recipe. If you have leftover chicken you can use it in this. If you have any chicken filling available you can use it in this dish.
Lagan ki Seekh
If you wish to make a kabab and do not have time to roll and fry it. This recipe will make things easy for you. This recipe is very close to other kabab recipes and you can also switch a few spices to suit your taste buds.
Special One-Pot Recipes
Dabba Chicken Pie
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.
Red Tikka Ketchup Chicken, can be marinated ahead.
If you juicy, Tikka flavor sweet and sour chicken for Iftar. Give this easy chicken a try. You won't regret it. You can have your chicken on its own. The recipe shows how you can add stirred veggies, boiled egg, and chips for an extra kick.
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.
Spaghetti Balls Recipe
Your family would love you for making these. The spaghetti balls turn really crisp and yummy. Everyone enjoys these goodies.
Instant Noodle Frittata, quick iftar recipes
Now, Frittata is an Italian dish. This Frittata is delicious and is made with instant noodles. The mayo and cheesy vegetable filling ooze from inside. This dish is a stark change from regular Iftar dishes.
These Spicy Thai Peanut chicken noodles will definitely hit your palate with exciting flavor combos. It has a sour and spicy taste with a subtle peanut flavor that is not over-powering. It also has a sweet and salty combo. So are you ready to tantalize your taste buds?
Desi Chicken Chowmein
Make deliciously spicy desi chow mein at home with stir-fried lean chicken, assorted veggies, and juicy flavored noodles. These desi noodles are so good and easy to make!
Chicken Khao Soi recipe that is quick and easy. The authentic Burmese Khaosay recipe calls for a meat curry and a separate coconut curry. Instead, I have made one simple but equally delicious curry that is both quick and practical. Yes, I combined the goodness of both curry in one pot — super quick and yummy!
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.
A warm bowl of Pakistani Beef Haleem with fried onions, lemon wedges, mint, and chat masala can win anyone’s heart. Although the Hyderabadi haleem recipe is a complete meal and a charm on any occasion, it is fervently made during the holy month’s Ramadan and Moharram.
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.
Juicy Chicken Burger
Try this juicy chicken burger patty recipe and you'll love it. This is our new family favorite dinner. The patty is freezer friendly which means you can have burgers anytime with minimal effort. What more?
Chicken Salad Sandwich
I have packed these sandwiches for years and years in many tea parties, brunches picnics, and journeys. In fact, all my picnic buddies have tasted these sandwiches at least once. And these sandwiches are crowd-pleaser, I tell you. YUM!
Chicken Pita Pocket
Let’s make the best chicken pita pocket sandwiches right in the comfort of your home. This is an easy peasy recipe, just make chicken filling, chop some veggies, assemble sauces and you are ready to enjoy a light yet scrumptious sandwich.
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.
Aloo Chana Chaat
Easy, healthy, extremely versatile Pakistani street style chickpea salad, the aloo chana chaat. One Ramadan snack that is filling and you can never get bored off.
Full of nutrients, warm, aromatic and the crushed are added delight. During Ramadan if you want to skip elaborated iftari, consider having this milk with dates. And once you finished your prayer you can have dinner. This milk will keep you full and energized.
Did I tell you, that you don’t need sugar for this shake? This shake also helps in gaining weight. Like it won’t transform you but it will add a slight pinkish hue on cheeks because dates are high in iron and also some muscle on the bones.
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.
That’s a super healthy, chewy, and easy granola recipe, that I’m sharing today. And you know what these granola bars have jaggery in them. Yes! one more thing they have a crispy crunch in them. And what's more….they are no-bake goodies. I know you’ll love this recipe.
Gol Paani, jaggery drink recipe
If you have never come across this sherbet, you have missed the most energetic and refreshing natural energy drink. ‘Gur ka pani’, gol pani or jaggery water is nothing but jaggery dissolved in lots of water. When you chill this drink, it is amazingly cooling and a must for Ramadan Iftar.
Anda Bhurji is basically Indian / Pakistani scrambled eggs. The taste delicious, these make delicious breakfast or sahoor in Ramadan.
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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.
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