Here's a collection of Ramadan special Pakistani Recipes for Iftar Snacks and Iftar dinner. Planning the Iftar menu and Ramadan iftar can be overwhelming during the day while fasting. 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 Ramadan recipes with 50 plus recipes.
Ramadan Iftar Recipes
Recipe52.com is live for almost 4 years now. Gradually, I kept adding recipes for Ramadan / Ramadan. Developing a recipe collection especially for Ramadan was something I anticipated eagerly for a long time.
I highly recommend making a Ramadan menu and planning food ahead. This will not only save time and energy in Ramadan for Ibadat but also 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 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.
Ramadan Fried Snack recipes for Iftar
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.
Ramadan Kabab Recipes
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.
Ramadan 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 the 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.
Baked Ramadan Iftar Recipes
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 is 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.
Ramadan 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.
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.
Ramadan Noodle Recipes
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.
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.
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.
Ramadan Healthy Recipe
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.
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.
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.
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