Ramadan is just around the corner! Here 13 Ramadan food ideas you must try.
Muslims all over the world are very excited to welcome and celebrate this holy month. For at least 30 days, Muslims are obliged to fast from dawn to sunset.
Nonetheless, Ramadan is not only about fasting, but it is about spiritual reflection on how one manages to do. In Ramadan, besides carrying out spiritual or religious services, people are looking forward to Iftar.
Iftar is the evening meal where Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. Based on the tradition, dates are usually the first food to break the fast; however, it is not a mandatory.
People can choose and have various meals to end the fast. If you are looking to have various meals to break Ramadan fast or suhur, then you have come to the right place.
The following are several Ramadan food ideas that you can try.
1. Afghani Bolani, Bolani, vegan Afghan Bread
If you are looking for a light snack as an appetizer for your iftar, you can try to make Afghani Bolani. Just like the name, this dish is originated from Afghanistan.
It is a flat break which is cooked by baking or frying them. The filling can be various; however, it is usually filled with vegetable filling. This dish has a thin crust and can be served with plain yogurt or mint yogurt.
Bolani is perfect for you who does not want to start with heavy dish. This is also a healthy food since it is low in carbohydrates, calories and fat.
Bolani is high in nutrition such as protein, fiber and vitamins, certainly perfect to replace all of the nutrition that you have lost during fasting.
2. Avocado Smoked Salmon
The next dish is avocado baked salmon. Yum! Just by its name, it already seems delicious. This dish in particular is very easy to make. If you don’t really have much time to cook something for Iftar, this may be the perfect choice for you.
All you need is salmon, avocado, some seasoning, vegetables (optional) and toast (optional).
It will take less than 15 minutes to make this dish. Not only easy to make, it is also healthy since it contains all the nutrition that you need to re-energize all that you have lost during fasting.
3. Banana Pear salad
Another delicious Ramadan food idea is banana pear salad. Besides delicious, this dish is also very healthy. It is an easy dish to make and can be served as appetizer, dessert or even snack. The main ingredients of this dish are of course banana, pear and some vegetables. You can also add honey to make it tastier or walnuts to give that crunchiness effect. Moreover, if you like it, you can even add yoghurt to earn the freshness of it. Each plate is full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber so this dish may improve your health during Ramadan.
4. Crispy Honey Chili Potato Fries
If you are looking for something spicy for Iftar, you definitely should try this food. Everybody knows how tasty fries is and how simple is to create something with potato.
If you would like to try something different than just a simple potato tries, crispy honey chili potato fries will give you the taste of sweetness from honey and of course spice from the chili.
Don’t worry about the spice because you can always adjust the level of spice based on your taste. This dish will not take long to make and very simple. All you need is potato, sauce, honey, and some seasoning.
The next one is tomato-bruschetta. This dish is an appetizer originated from Italy and consists of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt.
Actually, it can have various toppings such as beans, meat, cheese but this time we’re discussing the one with tomato toppings. Why exactly tomato? Because the sweetness of tomato will balance the bread and create a mouth-watering dish.
It is also very easy to make this dish and you can always get creative with the platting.
6. Eggplant Topped With Garlic Yogurt
Another simple dish inspiration that can be made during Ramadan is eggplant topped with garlic yogurt. This food is very simple yet healthy and also very easy to prepare.
This dish is inspired by the Turkish-style fried eggplant and peppers called as ‘kizartma’. This dish is usually served as appetizer or side dish, but you can make this as your main course with a bigger portion.
All you need for this dish is eggplants, garnish of your option, garlic and plain yoghurt.
7. Egg Stuffed Baguette
If you want to try something different for your iftar or suhur, you can try this next dish. Baguette is a long, think loaf of French bread that is usually made out of basic lean dough.
What makes this bread different than another French bread is its length and crispy crust. There are many things that you can stuff within the bread, for example egg.
Egg is one of the perfect fillings for baguette since it can complete nutrition of baguette with vitamins, mineral, high-quality protein and good fats.
In making this dish, it is quite simple. You only need baguettes, seasonings, eggs and vegetables of your choice.
8. Hara Bhara Kebab
The next food idea is hara bhara kebab. This dish is the specialty of Indian snack. Moreover, the food is the right choice for you who are vegetarian. It is healthy and delicious at the same time.
The ‘meat’ itself is made of spinach, potatoes and green peas. Usually, the ‘meat’ is grilled. Hara bhara kebab makes the perfect snack for your iftar. Additionally, this dish is a quick energy booster because of its compositions.
The food is best when served just out of the pan with its crispiness and warmth. What you need to make this dish is potatoes, greens of your choice, flour, seasoning, and oil for frying.
9. Lamb Shrimp Kebab
Another version of kebab that you can try to make is lamb shrimp kebab. Lamb and shrimp may sound like a strange combination to try, but this dish is actually a delicious combination because the shrimp can lighten up the lamb nicely.
This dish consists of lamb, shrimp, some seasonings like salt or black pepper, onion and olive oil. In making this food, you will need some time because the lamb mixture is soft so it’s hard to stick it to the skewer.
Nonetheless, if you don’t want to take much time, you can shape it like traditional meatballs. It will not change the taste, it will still be as tasty and it requires less work.
10. Tiny Mini Meat Kebab
If you would like to start of your of iftar or suhur with something light, you can try to make this mini kebab. It is quite easy to make this dish and does not require a lot of work or too much time.
The main ingredient of this kebab is of course the meat. You can use either beef or lamb meat. Other ingredients in this dish are garlic, breadcrumbs, chili, black pepper, and other seasonings.
Additionally, if you would like to have something as the sauce, you can serve it with plain yoghurt; thus, you can dip the mini kebab in the yoghurt. It will be fresh, healthy and delicious!
11. One Pot Chicken Casserole
When you have to make your whole family iftar or suhur, it surely needs a lot of work and time; moreover, you need to make sure that it is delicious as well.
Well, one pot chicken casserole may be the right decision for you to make since it is very easy to make and can be served with anything. This food can be served with rice, pasta, breads or mashed potatoes; it all depends on your choice.
The ingredients for this dish is also easy to be find, which are, chicken, sauce, vegetables and some seasoning. Even though it takes some time to make, it does not need a lot of work.
All you have to do is seasoned the chicken and let it cooked and then throw in the sauce and some veggies.
12. Sausage and Rice Casserole
Another one pot dish recipe that you can try is sausage and rice casserole. Even though it seems tricky to make, this dish will not take long to make when you plan your recipe preparation carefully.
To make it even easier, you do not need to use separate pans, you can maximize this one pan only to cook everything, simple right? The food contains of sausage, it can be chicken or meat, fresh vegetables, rice and spices.
The spices that usually used for this recipe is Italian spices; however, it is not limited to it. This food is not only fully flavored but also healthy too.
13. Shahi Egg Rolls
The last one is Shahi egg rolls. This dish is another food idea that you can try for your iftar or suhur. This dish is a famous and traditional dish as well as simple to make.
The ingredients for this dish are quite simple and you can choose various kinds of fillings for the food. Some of the ingredients contain in the food are eggs, flour, tomato, vegetables and some seasonings.
There you have it, several food ideas that you can try for Ramadan. There are various types of food that you can try to make with different kind of ingredients.
All of the foods are healthy and easy to make. Shortly, there is always something to remember during Ramadan and food is certainly one of them.
So, try to be as innovative or creative as you can with your choice food and don’t forget to enjoy them!