The Holy month of Ramadan is a time for prayers, fasting, and devotion to Allah. It is also a time to look forward to a lot of family gatherings and delicious homemade meals for Iftar when the fast is broken at sunset. With these easy snack and meal recipes, this Ramadan will be unforgettable for you and your loved ones!
Easy and Delicious Ramadan Special Recipes
When you are fasting during Ramadan, quick recipes are easier to make, and they don’t take too much of your time. Take a look at some of these delicious and easy to make well known and loved dishes!
1. Dry Fruit Milkshake
Break your fast with a refreshing glass of this delicious fry fruit milkshake.
- Almonds (1/4 cup)
- Pistachios, unsalted (1/4 cups)
- Cashews, unshelled and unsalted (1/4 cups)
- Dried raisins (1/4 cups)
- Unseeded dates, 8 pieces
- 3 dried figs
- Milk (2 and 1/2 cup)
- Start by blending all the chopped nuts in the milk in a blender.
- Add two more cups of milk with the sugar as required.
- Keep blending till you see the froth.
- Stir the shake well and pour it in the glasses.
- You can garnish it with some fruit slices and serve it with dried fruits.
2. Harira, The Moroccan Soup for Ramadan
This soup is one easy-to-make Ramadan recipe, especially that soup is one of the most preferred ways to start an Iftar meal.
- Olive oil (4 tbsp)
- Onions, finely minced (1/2 cup)
- Celery, diced (two stalks)
- Tomatoes, diced (four)
- Garlic (3 cloves)
- Tomato paste (2 tbsp)
- Cooked brown lentils (1 cup)
- Cooked chickpeas (2 cups)
- Lamb broth (2-3 cups)
- Begin by heating 4 tablespoons of olive oil in the light flame of a Dutch oven.
- Put the minced onions into the oil and cook them till they are translucent. The celery stalks should also be added and continue to sauté.
- Add the tomatoes and cook for a minute or two and then include the garlic and teaspoons of tomato paste.
- Stir it well and then put the brown lentils and the chickpeas.
- You can also include cumin, paprika, coriander, cinnamon, salt, red, and black pepper flakes for a little flavour. To intensify the aroma, you can add mint, cilantro, and parsley.
- Into this mixture, pour the lamb broth and boil it well. The heat should be reduced to medium-low, and it should be covered for about 20 minutes.
- Finally, you can add fresh kale and spinach. Stir well. Raise the heat and allow it to cook for 10-12 minutes.
- After it is done the cooking, remove the heat and serve with lime or lemon wedge.
3. Algerian Kefta
This is an incredible mouth-watering dish where beef is at its best!
- Lean ground beef (400-800 grams)
- Minced garlic (2 cloves)
- Finely chopped onions (1 tbsp)
- Tomatoes (2)
- Fresh Parsely
- ½ tsp Ras-el-Hanout
- Arabic Spice mix (2-3 tsp)
- Oil (4 cups)
- Pepper (1 tsp)
- Combine the ground beef with the chopped onions and minced garlic until they are incorporated. Slowly mix with it with your hands.
- This meat mixture should be shaped into 11/2-inch oblong patties so that you will get around 12 meatballs. Heat in medium-high heat.
- In batches, you can start browning the patties until they are no longer pink and are crispy on both sides for about 10 minutes.
- Keep the meatballs aside in a serving dish.
- After reducing the heat, the onions should be stirred. Cook them in the drippings and fat of the meat until they are translucent and soft.
- Add 2 cloves of garlic and stir well for a few more seconds. Then add the tomatoes, parsley, and ½ teaspoon Ras-el-Hanout with water.
- Pour this sauce over the meatballs and serve in a serving dish.
4. Chakchouka (Shakshouka)
Your family will love this finger-lickin’ egg dish be it for Iftar or Suhoor.
- Olive oil
- 1 and 1/3 cups of chopped onions
- One cup of sliced peppers
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- Four Eggs
- Tomatoes (thinly diced)
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet and then stir the onions and the peppers.
- Add the garlic, cook and stir until the onions are translucent and the vegetables are chopped for about 5 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, a teaspoon of cumin, paprika, salt, and a finely chopped chilli pepper. Mix them well in a bowl. Pour them into the skillet.
- Uncovered, simmer the tomato juices till they are cooked off for about 10 minutes.
- For the eggs, make four indentations in the tomato mixture and crack them inside these.
- Cover the skillet. The eggs should be cooked until they are firm for about 5 minutes.
5. Crispy Beef Strips
Beef fried with onion and spices makes a fantastic feast. This dish is rich in flavour and aroma.
- Green chillies
- Beef Mince
- Coriander leaves
- Garlic paste
- Spring onion
- One egg
- Black pepper
- Lemon juice
- Add together one onion, 300 gms of minced beef, ¼ bunch coriander leaves, 1 tablespoon of garlic paste, and spring onion in a chopper to finally make a mixture.
- After shifting this mixture into a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of corn flour, salt, egg, a tablespoon of flour, lemon juice, salt and black pepper and mix them well.
- Add the breadcrumbs and press well with a rolling pin.
- Spread the mixture on the bread slices and roll them like Swiss rolls.
- Heat the oil and deep fry the rolls. Remove the oil with kitchen paper and serve with a hummus or mutabal dipping sauce.
6. Okra and Beef Stew
This well known and loved dish over the Arab world is healthy and easy to make.
- 2/3 cup canola oil
- 1 pound beef top sirloin, cut into cubes
- Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
- 1 beef bouillon cube
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- Two 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
- 1 cup beef stock, plus more as needed
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
- One package frozen okra
- Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat.
- Sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon of each).
- Add the beef to the hot oil along with the beef bouillon, onion and garlic and cook until the beef is seared, about 5 minutes; reduce the heat to medium.
- Continue to cook, stirring, until the beef is browned, about 3 more minutes. Remove the beef to a plate and set aside.
- Stir the tomato sauce, beef stock, tomato paste, ginger, sugar, 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper and 1 cup water into the pot.
- Bring to a boil; season with additional salt. Return the beef to the pot and add the okra. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the okra is tender, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Add additional stock or water if the stew is too thick; the okra will thicken the stew as it cooks.
7. Bedouin Fresh Date Sweet (Rangina)
Desserts are an essential part of the meal, and this date based dessert is bound to impress.
- Rice flour
- Arrange the dates on a small plate after removing their pits.
- Stir 4/12 tbsp of melted butter in 3 ½ tbsp of ground rice flour.
- Stir in medium heat until the flour becomes light-medium golden brown.
- Remove off the heat and stir the mixture in fresh cardamom.
- Stir occasionally while allowing it to cool slightly.
- When it is warm, pour it over the dates and serve it after it cools.
These Ramadan recipes are sure to add variety, nutrition, and colour to your table. Try them out this year in Ramadan to enjoy with your loved ones!