“Eat of the good and wholesome things that We have provided for your sustenance, but indulge in no excess therein.”

– Qur’an, Taha:89

From my childhood, I remember Ramadan as a fun month. Waking up long before sunrise, looking outside the window at a completely dark sky and watching the lights in the neighbours’s kitchens turning on one by one. Our sehris (morning meal) and iftars (evening meal) used to be simple. Abstaining from eating and drinking from sunrise till sunset made me realise what it was like not to have those simple luxuries in life and never to take them for granted. Now I see the same excitement in my daughters to fast and the eagerness to enjoy their dinner at night. I hope that this experience will breed in them the gratitude for what they have and the empathy for those who are less fortunate.

For me the month of Ramadan has always been the time of year that breaks the monotony of routine, the time that encourages us to bring about positive change in life style – just like Spring cleaning. Ramadan asks for the cleaning of mind and body, caring, sharing, feeling the pain of those who are deprived and self training with hope that these qualities will extend beyond this month.

Contrary to the spirit of the month, it has become a norm to indulge in lavish and extended Iftar dinner parties. A simple and balanced diet, rich in fibre, minerals, complex carbohydrates and lean protein is the best solution. On the other hand, deep fried, heavily processed, rich foods and caffeine can cause heartburn, constipation, lethargy and dehydration.

I have hand picked these 50 Ramadan Food recipes from my blog because they are simple, delicious and wholesome enough to keep you going all day long while fasting, and restore and refresh as you break your fast at sunset. They don’t cater to any diet plan but correspond simply to the requirements of healthy eating. Put together in a menu, they create a perfect nutrition plan for your body and your taste buds during the holy month of fasting.

Drinks:

Staying hydrated during fasting is even more important than having eaten enough, because dehydration instantly dips the mood and levels of energy, making it harder to carry on daily chores. Here is a selection of drink recipes that will quench your thirst in a yummy way, using natural ingredients.

Watermelon Punch Bowl

Doogh, Persian Yogurt Drink

Paloodeh Talebi, Persian Cantaloupe Drink

Mango and Chia Seeds Drink

Imli Aloo Bukhara Sherbet

Falsay ka Sherbet, Grewia Asiatica Drink

Sehr – the Pre Dawn Meal:

Sehri meal should be nutritious but moderate in quantity. It should include fibre to keep the stomach functions moving, like some fruit, vegetables or cereals, as well as healthy protein, like eggs, lean meat, yogurt and nuts, to keep you saturated for a longer time.

Egg and Tomato Toast

Breakfast Pizza Omelette

Sizzling Chicken Sisig

Chocolate Oats with Dates and Fresh Fruit

Fluffy Omelette Curry

Tai Roti

Chicken Omelette Wrap with Hot Sauce

Medjool Dates and Onion Flatbread

Afghani Bolani Bread

Lahmacun, Turkish Pizza

Missi Roti, Gram Flour Bread

Iftar Snacks and Sides:

The tradition of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was breaking the fast with a few dates, a pinch of salt and water. Doctors today also advise breaking the fast with small portions of food and then wait 10 minutes before consuming the main meal. These Iftar snack recipes are light and refreshing that will provide you instant energy, leaving you with an appetite to enjoy the dinner.

Mixed Vegetable Chickpea Cakes

Shikumpuri Kebab

Mutabal, Eggplant Mash

Hummus

Spicy Ripe Papaya Salad

Chicken Pineapple Pico de Gallo Salad

Stuffed Peppers with Chicken

Low Fat Chicken Caesar Salad

Chicken Kalmi Kebab

Baked Wholewheat Matar Kachori

Borani Esfannaj, Yogurt Spinach Dip

Fish Rice Cakes

Yakhni Shorba

Thai Spiced Carrot Ginger Soup

Matar Paneer Chaat

Dinner:

Dinner should be a balanced meal. Sticking to a single, small serving is wise, as it’s not only easier for your digestive system but this way you will have some appetite for the early morning meal as well.

Easy Testi kebab

Kabab Tabei

Badami Murgh

Sabzi Pulao

Dates and Fish Tagine

Korma Lawand

Ghormeh Sabzi, Persian stew

Anday Cholay, Egg and Chickpeas curry

Keema Pulao, One Pot Rice and Meat Mince Meal

Fish Karahi

Daal Saag, Lentils with Spinach

Spicy Beans in Coconut Milk

Chickpeas Pulao

Desserts:

A few light and delicious desserts to keep the sweet tooth satisfied.

Mango Shrikhand, hung yogurt and mango dessert

Lemon Ginger Mango Frozen Yogurt

Basbousa

Healthy Banana Frozen Yourt With Peaches

Arabian Pancakes with Rosewater Syrup

There are infinite choices to prepare a healthy meal from. Here are some of my personal choices.

-Instead of paratha go for plain whole wheat or multi grain roti. For parathas use a little desi ghee, butter or olive oil.

-substitute deep frying with stir frying, pan searing, grilling or baking.

-switch heavy desserts with milk and yogurt based light desserts.

-reduce salt and oil in curries.

-drink lots of water.

May this Ramadan bring you the utmost in peace and prosperity.

Ramadan Mubarak!

2 Replies to “50 Easy Ramadan Food Recipes”

  1. Ramadan Mubarak to you and to your family dearest Maria …
    You have just made long hours cooking easy with your simple recipes. Thank you so much ,indeed this is an awesome 🎁 for the season.
    Stay blessed πŸ’πŸŒΉπŸŒ·…. love &hugs πŸ˜˜πŸ’“πŸ’•

    1. Thank you, dearest Niloo! And Ramadan Mubarak to you too! 😊 Its always lovely to have you stop by the blog. I’m glad you find this collection helpful. I’ll keep adding new Ramadan recipes throughout the month. 😊

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