Ramadan 2022 – Treat Yourself to These 6 Lip-Smacking Iftar Recipes
As the holy month of Ramadan begins, Muslims around the world are eagerly waiting for Iftar and Suhoor. During Ramadan, Muslims engage in fasting and abstain from consuming food and beverages, lasting from dawn till dusk for the whole month. My Ramadan recipes blog consists of many delicious Iftar and Suhoor recipes that you can relish throughout the month to keep feeling satiated. Additionally, this list also includes each recipe’s nutritional values so you can decide if it seems to be filling enough. They are sure to fill your stomach as well as nourish your soul. This list is based on my own personal experience growing up in Saudi Arabia and the years I spent living in the Middle East.
But before moving to the recipes list, I would like to walk you through the Ramadan fasting rituals so that you do not miss out on anything.
Ramadan Fasting Rituals
People around the world keep this fast to seek forgiveness from the Almighty Allah. Those who fast during the day are allowed to eat only after the sunset or before sunrise. However, certain relaxations for not keeping this fast for an entire day are given to some people, including those travelling, suffering from disease, pregnant women, and seniors. Besides, women going through their menstrual cycle cannot keep this fast-during Ramadan..
Suhoor (meal taken before sunrise) and Iftar (meal taken after sunset) are extremely important for those observing Rozas (fasts). These meals need to be rich in protein and highly nutritious so that the person keeping fast can stay energetic and active. So now let me quickly help you with some nutritious and easy-to-make Sehri and Iftar recipes.
Top 6 Hearty Iftar Recipes for Ramadan 2022
1. Potato Samosa Rolls
The recipe of this dish may seem complicated at first look but trust me, it is simple, even novice home chefs can whip it on a whim. When I say potato samosa rolls, I am not kidding – because from freshly peeled potatoes to a juicy creamy dip, there is so much to dig into this dish.
Maida – 2 cups
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Jeera – 1 teaspoon
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
Chopped Coriander – 3 tablespoon
Chopped Mint – 2 tablespoon
Boiled and Peeled Potatoes – 1/2 kg
Chopped Onions – 1 cup
Salt to taste
Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tablespoon
Turmeric Powder – 1 tablespoon
Chopped Green Chilies – 1 tablespoon
Chilli Flakes – 1/2 tablespoon
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tablespoon
Add jeera, salt and maida to a bowl and mix all the dry ingredients well. Now, add water and oil to the mixture, knead it and make a soft dough. Keep it aside for 15-20 minutes and start preparing the filling. Mash the boiled potatoes in a bowl, add spices, mint leaves and coriander leaves to the mixture. Cut the dough into four parts and roll it into a flat roti. Cut each roti into a square and add the fillings to form rolls. At last, deep fry the samosas until they turn golden. Serve it with any dip of your choice.
Nutritional Chart of Potato Samosa Roll
2. Shahi Tukda
Shahi Tukda is the perfect dish to spruce up any mundane meal. Savoury and sweet with just the perfect amount of zest, Shahi tukda can be a star dish for your next iftari.
Milk- 1 litre
Condensed Milk – 150 ml
Sugar – 1 cup
Almonds – 1/4 cup sliced
Cardamom Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Saffron – A pinch
Boil milk in a pan until it reduces to half of its amount. Add cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, sugar and condensed milk to the boiled milk. After this, add a pinch of saffron to make it more flavoursome and colourful. Keep an eye on the consistency of milk, it should be creamy and rich. Then, cut 6-7 slices of white bread into triangles. Now, lightly toast them in butter and keep them aside for a while. Toast some cashews, almonds and other preferred dry fruits in butter and put them aside. At last, pour the milk mixture over the freshly tasted delicious bread and garnish it with the toasted nuts.
Nutritional Chart of Shahi Tukda
3. Firni Falooda
Firmi Falooda is a stellar dessert that you can easily prepare at home. Its sweetness and flavours are enough to treat yourself after a long day of fasting. It would not only nourish your body but will also satiate your taste buds.
Milk boiled till half – 1½ litre
Rice soaked, coarsely ground and drained well – 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder – ¼ teaspoon
Sugar – 6 tablespoon
Falooda cooked – 1 cup
Oil – 1 tablespoon
Thinly sliced Almonds -10
Saffron strands – A pinch
Rose syrup – 8 tbsps
Khus syrup – 1 tbsp
Toast almonds, cashews and pistachios in butter and keep them aside. Add a cup of thickened milk to the rice in a pan. Then, add green cardamom powder, saffron and two more cups of thickened milk and mix everything well. Now, add the rice paste and stir the mixture continuously till the rice gets cooked. Turn off the stove and stir the mixture continuously till it thickens and cools down. Transfer the firni to a big bowl and add sugar to it. Put the falooda in serving bowls, and drizzle the bowls with rose syrup and khus syrup on the top. Garnish it with toasted dry fruits.
Nutritional Chart of Firni Falooda:
4. Sheer Khurma:
I could not do without sharing this delicious classic Ramadan dessert in this blog, Sheer Khurma. It is one of my favourite dishes rich in vermicelli pudding made with lots of nuts, milk, and sugar. During Ramadan or Eid, it can be commonly found in Central Asia, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. Ramadan is incomplete until and unless you have enjoyed Sheer Khurma.
Full cream milk – 500 gm
Vermicelli (broken into small pieces) – 50-gram
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Chopped dates – 2 tbsp
Raisins – 1/4 cup
Almonds (cut into pieces), blanched – 1/4 cup
Pistachios – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 1/4 cup
Saffron – 1/2 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tbsp
Take a pan and add some pure ghee to it. Toast almonds, cashews and pistachios in ghee and set them aside. Now, take another pan, and add some ghee and vermicelli to it. Roast the mixture well and keep it aside. Take another wide pan, simmer the milk and stir continuously till it thickens. Then, add some sugar to it. Add roasted dry fruits and roasted vermicelli along with saffron and dates. Now add cardamom powder and mix well till simmering. Your Sheer Khurma is ready to be served. Garnish the recipe with dates..
Nutritional Chart of Sheer Khurma:
5. Namkeen Sewaiyaan:
This is a very tasty and easy-to-cook calorie-rich recipe. Add a lot of vegetables to make it even more nutrient-rich and healthy. You can also use raisins to add some sweet and sour taste to the dish and some cashews to add some crunch. Get the burst of mouth-watering flavours in every bite, and prepare this recipe in Ramadan 2022. Let’s have a look at the ingredients that you would need.
Carrots – 2
Cauliflower – 1 cup
Ginger chopped fine – 1 tablespoon
Coriander chopped fine – 2 tablespoons
Green peas – ½ cup
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
Kishmish (raisins) – 2 tablespoon
Kaju (cashew) – 2 tablespoon
Pepper powder – ½ teaspoon
Chilli – ½ teaspoon
Haldi – ¼ teaspoon
Garam masala – 1 teaspoon
Roasted cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
Rai (mustard) – 1 teaspoon
Jeera (cumin) – 1 teaspoon
Black salt – ½ teaspoon
Tomato ketchup – 2 to 3 tablespoon
Bay leaves – 2
Cloves – 4
Cardamoms – 2
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tablespoon
Take a pan and add half a teaspoon of oil to it. Roast the vermicelli and set them aside. Roast cashews and set aside. In the same pan add bay leaves, cumin, mustard, cloves and cardamoms. Now, add green chilli and cauliflower, sauté and cover, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add green peas, ginger, and carrot, and mix it all. Cover and half-cook the vegetables. Add the roasted vermicelli and mix well. Then, add some water, kishmish and tomato ketchup. Stir the mixture and when it starts boiling, reduce the stove heat to low. Cover and cook till water is absorbed. In the end, add cashews, coriander leaves and lemon water and mix. Your dish is ready to be served.
Nutritional Chart of Namkeen Sewaiyaan:
6. Stuffed Dates with Blue Cheese:
This could be a perfect start for your Iftar meal. Quick and very easy to prepare, it is guaranteed to satiate your appetite. To prepare this dish, dates are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon and baked until crisp. Pondering over the ingredients? Well, here they are.
Dates (seedless or deseeded) – 8
Blue cheese – 1/4 cup
Sliced bacon, cut in half – 1 tbsp
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut dates in half and open them up. Take blue cheese in a bowl and mash it till it becomes smooth. Then, fill the blue cheese in the dates with the help of a spoon. Close the halves of the dates and wrap them with a half-slice of bacon. Secure each date with a toothpick. Place the dates on a baking dish and bake them for around 20-30 minutes in a preheated oven. Your dish is ready to be enjoyed with the family.
Nutritional Chart for Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates:
Try these recipes in Ramadan 2022 and let us know your experience in the comment section. Watch this space for more such yummy and delicious recipes to try during this Ramadan.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Mushroom biryani, chilli mushroom, stuffed mushroom, mushroom sandwich and mushroom tawa masala are some of the dishes that you can cook with mushrooms for iftar.
Iftar is the grand feast that has an extensive spread of various delicacies, biryani being the most popular and preferred one.
Sunnah food is considered by Muslims to be the best, most nutritious of all. It is recommended by teachers and prophets, that we pay attention to ibadah during Ramadan, and consciously consuming enriching sunnah foods is one such ibadah. Some sunnah foods to eat are Dates, Pumpkins, Nuts, Melon, Brown Rice, Bananas, Goat Meat, Goat Milk and Vinegar.
“Allahumma inni laka sumtu, wa bika aamantu, [wa ‘alayka tawakkaltu], wa Ala rizqika aftartu” is the Dua for breaking fast ie. Iftar in Ramadan.