70 Ramadan Recipes – Food Ideas To Enjoy During The Fasting Month

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Ramadan recipes you want to try for good foods that can satisfy hunger and appetite. So you can focus on doing ibadah.

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Ramadan Recipes

Ramadan is fast approaching. For muslims, it is a holy month when one wants to focus on doing ibadah. Yet, having good food that not only can satisfy hunger and appetite, but also be easy to make is something many of muslims want to achieve.

And of course, we also want to make sure that our diet throughout this fasting month will sustain us in a good healthy way. So that we can reap the benefits of detoxifying our body through fasting by feeding it with nourishment at the same time. 

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Here, you can find delicious food recipes from different parts of the world that you can try during the holy month.

These Ramadan recipes are to give you more ideas of what to make and prepare for your suhoor/ sehri/ breakfast, and iftaar/ iftar/ breaking the fast.

I compile the recipes with the flavor, taste and ease of cooking in mind. Because I want you to enjoy your Suhoor/ Sehri and Iftaar/ Iftar without too much time and hassle in making the food. In shaa Allah. 

Let me know which one you enjoy the most. 

Ramadan mubarak.

Suhoor/ Sehri/ Breakfast

Muhammad PBUH said,”eat suhoor, for in suhoor there is blessing” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1923; Muslim, 1095). So needless to say we should not skip suhoor/ sehri.

But many of us find it difficult to eat breakfast first thing before dawn. 

When I was living in Indonesia, I used to have proper meals for sehri. Like having the rice and all sorts of side dishes. Here in the UK, I find it difficult to eat big meals that early. Especially when Ramadan was in summertime.

Because in summertime the night is very short that the sehri time comes literally a few hours after iftar.

So I had to carefully choose what I have for my suhoor. I don’t want to miss the blessing of sehri, and I don’t want to risk my body struggling to fast long hours (about 18 hours on the longest days of summer). But I don’t want to feel sluggish because overeating or heavy meal choices for sehri.

Therefore, I decided that having healthy smoothies, soups, or light meals would be best. Because these kinds of food will be packed with nutrition but feel light in the tummy. So they’re the best food choices for suhoor/ sehri, in my opinion. 

Quick Healthy Smoothies for Sehri/ Suhoor

I only compiled six smoothie recipes below for you to try. You can always substitute the fruits and ingredients to your liking and make your smoothie more interesting for you.

My top tip is try making the smoothie last minute before you go to bed. So they’ll be ready for you to enjoy when you get up for suhoor. All you do is take the smoothie out of the fridge and get on with your main suhoor. By the time you finish your light breakfast, your smoothie will be at the right temperature to drink. Unless you prefer it cold.

Cherry Smoothie Recipe With Yogurt And Without Banana
This cherry smoothie with yoghurt and without banana tastes deliciously creamy. A refreshingly nutritious drink for breakfast or any time of the day.
see the recipe
a glass of cherry smoothie with yogurt and no banana with a cherry and a sprinkle of chia seeds on the top.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie is a refreshing drink that makes a great snack to satisfy those sweet cravings or an easy breakfast!
see the recipe
a glass of strawberry smoothie with a few strawberries around it.
Blueberry Broccoli Smoothie
This Blueberry Broccoli Smoothie is loaded with good-for-your-health fruits and veggies that will give you the needed boost for your day.
see the recipe
a glass of blueberries smoothie.
3 Minute Frozen Fruit Smoothie
This simple Frozen Fruit Smoothie is made with just three ingredients and so creamy and delicious! It’s perfect for an on the go healthy breakfast or an easy snack.
see the recipe
blackberry smoothie with some blackberries on top.
Green Goddess Smoothie
This vegan green goddess smoothie is the perfect way to start your day. It’s a naturally sweet smoothie that pairs green apples and bananas with baby spinach for a powerful dose of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium and fibre.
see the recipe
green smoothie with bananas and apple around the glass.
Blueberry Smoothie With Greek Yogurt
See how to make this keto blueberry smoothie with yogurt in just 5 minutes! This creamy blueberry smoothie is addicting and makes the perfect easy keto breakfast smoothie for low-carb diets! Keto yogurt smoothie The
see the recipe
a mason jar of blueberry smoothie with a few blueberries.

Healthy Light Breakfast for Sehri/ Suhoor

Just like the basic rule for breakfast, you’ll want light but filling food for your sehri as well. The kind of food that is also delicious and nourish

I often have egg on a piece of toast with a glass of smoothie for my suhoor. But other times I like to give myself a bit of a treat by having something more exotic and yummy.

The following are some foods that you may want to try for your sehri. Some of them you can actually enjoy as starters for iftar and save some for suhoor/ sehri. 

Khaman Dhokla
Khaman dhokla is a steamed savoury cake made of gram flour/ chickpea flour and is flavoured with spicy and lemony oil. It is a traditional Gujarati dish that is now popular among Pakistani and Indian cuisines.
see the recipe
khaman dhokla garnished with green chillies
Macaroni Schotel
Macaroni Schotel literally means macaroni dish. It's a baked-cheesy dish made of macaroni and cheese. It's a savoury that is delicious to enjoy as an afternoon snack or as a starter.
see the recipe
a slice of macaroni schotel drizzled with chilli sauce
Kitchari mung beans
Kitchari mung beans (also called kichadi/ khichdi or kitchery) is thick rice porridge/ congee cooked with legumes and whole spices. It tastes like soft overcooked rice that has spice aroma and the rich taste of mung beans. 
see the recipe
Kitchari mung beans in a blue patterned bowl
Kadhi Pakora
Kadhi pakora is mouth-watering dumplings that will satisfy your savoury cravings for comfort and delicacy. 
The dumplings that are made of pakoras are deliciously married with a spicy and creamy yoghurt sauce.
see the recipe
ready-made pakora kadhi
Çilbir –Turkish Eggs in Spiced Yoghurt
Eat like royalty with this Turkish breakfast recipe for çilbir – these Turkish eggs served on yoghurt, topped with spiced melted butter.
see the recipe
Çilbir –Turkish Eggs in Spiced Yoghurt
Superfood, Green Tea, Matcha Smoothie Bowl – Emma Eats & Explores
Green Tea Matcha Smoothie bowl full of antioxidants and superfoods. grainfree, glutenfree, refined sugar free, paleo, low carb.
see the recipe
a bowl of matcha smoothie with slices of kiwi, bananas and some pecan nuts
Pakistani Dahi Baray
Dahi Baray is literally lentil dumplings soaked in yoghurt sauce. They're fluffy and light with creamy yoghurt sauce and tamarind sauce drizzle. A perfect starter for summer days.
see the recipe
Dahi Baray - Pakistani daal pakora with yoghurt sauce
Feta Grilled Cheese With Thyme Honey
This feta grilled cheese has crusty sourdough bread filled with melty creamy feta and a drizzle of thyme honey for a perfect summer meal.
see the recipe
Feta Grilled Cheese With Thyme Honey

Ramadan Recipes for Iftar 

The following food recipes are only some ideas of what you can make for Iftar. Although I list them down according to their categories i.e. sweets and desserts, appetizers/ starters, drinks and main meals, it doesn’t mean we should have them all at one time. 

You may just need sweets and main meals. Or, perhaps only starters and main meals. So whatever choices you make, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your Iftar. In shaa Allah.  

Sweets and Desserts for Iftar

After long hours of fasting, most of us will crave for something sweet at Iftar time. Below are some sweet and desserts recipe ideas to have in Ramadan.   

Kolak Biji Salak – Indonesian Sweet Potato balls
Kolak Biji Salak is Indonesian sweet potato balls in brown sugar syrup and creamy coconut milk. They are slightly chewy and often enjoyed as an afternoon snack.
see the recipe
A bowl of Kolak biji salak - Indonesian sweet potato balls in palm sugar syrup with coconut milk
Mung bean dessert with coconut milk
This creamy Mung bean dessert with coconut milk is called Bubur Kacang Hijau (Ijo) in Indonesian. It's a comfort sweet dish that popular to have for breakfast as well as for dessert.
see the recipe
Indonesian mung bean dessert - Bubur Kacang Hijau in a silver rimmed bowl.
Klepon
Klepon is sweet snacks and dessert from Indonesia that are made of glutinous rice flour with brown sugar filling and are coated with coconuts. The soft and chewy balls are lovely to enjoy with your afternoon cuppa.
see the recipe
Klepon - Indonesian glutinous rice balls
Agar-agar milk pudding with condensed milk and raspberry
This creamy milk pudding tastes delectable and the raspberry makes it delightful to enjoy. Especially in the hot summer days when you fancy some cool desserts.
see the recipe
milk pudding with condensed milk and raspberry
Besan Ladoo Recipe
Besan Ladoo is scrumptious sweet treat balls made of chickpea flour. This recipe will help you make this Mithai that is not too sweet so you won't feel guilty or worried about having it.
see the recipe
Besan Ladoo - the sweet treat balls made of chickpea flours with chopped nuts as the garnish
Energy Bites: Chocolate + Peanut Butter, No Bake Recipe
Energy Bites: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, No Bake Recipe – An easy and delicious combination of ingredients, and a great way to incorporate flax seed too!
see the recipe
Energy Bites: Chocolate + Peanut Butter, No Bake Recipe
Rose and Pistachio Firni
A creamy rice pudding flavoured with aromatic rose water and crushed pistachios. This Rose and Pistachio Firni is gorgeously fragrant and super elegant.
see the recipe
2 glasses of Rose and Pistachio Firni.
Atayef (Middle Eastern pancakes)
Atayef are Middle Eastern pancakes filled with cheese or nuts then soaked in a rose sugary syrup. They are special to the month of Ramadan.
see the recipe
a plate of Atayef - the middle eastern pancakes.

Starter for Iftar 

Often we would like something light to have after we break our fast with a date or two. A bowl of soup or some finger foods can be our choices. 

Here, I include Ramadan recipes for appetizer at Iftar time. Just to give you more ideas than what you already have.

Chicken and sweet corn soup
This chicken and sweet corn soup is very easy to make and doesn't need a lot of ingredients. It's delicious and nutritious. A perfect choice for a starter or even a light lunch menu.
see the recipe
Chicken and sweet corn soup
Chicken wontons
Chicken wonton (Pangsit Ayam) with clear chicken/ vegetable soup is delicious to have for a light lunch or as an afternoon snack on a cold day.
see the recipe
a bowl of Indonesian chicken wontons
Papdi Chaat: Potato And Chickpea Salad
Papdi chaat is potato and chickpea salad with a unique taste. It's sweet, creamy, spicy, and savoury at the same time. It's just a delicious starter.
see the recipe
A bowl of papdi chaat - the Pakistani potato and chickpea salad.
Chana Chaat
Chana Chaat is a tasty snack that you can make in no time. With chickpeas as its main ingredient, it offers refreshingly tangy, sweet, and spicy flavours. A perfect choice for a snack and appetizer.  
see the recipe
Chana Chaat the Pakistani savoury chickpea snack.
Vegetable Pakora
Vegetable pakora is crispy and tasty vegetable fritter. It's delicious to enjoy as snacks with your cup of tea/ coffee.
see the recipe
vegetable pakoras and a bowl of chilli tomato chutney
Bakwan Sayur – Indonesian Vegetable Fritters
Bakwan Sayur is moreish vegetable fritters you want for your next snack time. It's crunchy on the outside but fluffy and savoury on the inside.
see the recipe
Bakwan Sayur the Indonesian vegetable fritters on a round plate.
Indonesian sweetcorn fritters – Perkedel Jagung
Indonesian sweetcorn fritters (Perkedel Jagung) can be one of the yummy snacks to make in the summertime — when sweetcorn becomes abundant. Try this recipe, I promise everyone in your family will love it.
see the recipe
Bakwan Jagung - the Indonesian corn fritters.
Paçanga Böreği – Cooking Gorgeous
Turkish Cuisine has many delicious and crispy Borek recipes and Paçanga Böreği is one of the nation’s favourites.
see the recipe
Paçanga Böreği - Cooking Gorgeous
Yaprak Sarma – Stuffed Grape Leaves – Cooking Gorgeous
Yaprak Sarma (or Dolma) is an authentic Turkish dish made from Grape Leaves Stuffed with aromatic rice, fresh Mediterranean herbs and spices.
see the recipe
Yaprak Sarma - Stuffed Grape Leaves - Cooking Gorgeous
Surinamese Bakabana with Peanut Sauce
Surinamese Bakabana with Peanut Sauce – Sweet Plantain Fritters is a delicious addition to your Super Bowl Menu or any party!
see the recipe
fried bananas with peanut sauce on the side.
Samosa from Scratch
Learn to make the best homemade samosa from scratch that perfectly goes for a delicious snack and a flavorsome treat for any celebration.
see the recipe
Middle-eastern samosas with a bowl of dipping sauce and slices of lime.
Keema Samosa Recipe
This delicious recipe for Keema Samosa is the perfect handheld snack. Filled with smoky meat filling and fried to crispy golden perfection, you will love this tasty and savory appetizer.
see the recipe
a bowl of meat samosas.
Greek Chicken Meatballs – Foxes Love Lemons
These Greek Chicken Meatballs with creamy yogurt dipping sauce can be a light and healthy dinner or a party appetizer.
see the recipe
Greek Chicken Meatballs - Foxes Love Lemons
Smoked Salmon Crostini – Foxes Love Lemons
It’s Smoked Salmon Crostini, with a twist. Avocado, cream cheese, cucumber and sesame seeds make this crostini taste just like a Philadelphia sushi roll!
see the recipe
Smoked Salmon Crostini - Foxes Love Lemons
Easy Vegan Mushroom Crostini • Happy Kitchen
These festive vegan mushroom crostini recipe is an easy and impressive-looking appetizer perfect for your Thanksgiving or Christmas menu
see the recipe
Easy Vegan Mushroom Crostini • Happy Kitchen
Ground Chicken Kibbeh Recipe (Croquettes) – Chefjar
Looking for an authentic Kibbeh recipe? You found it! They are so crispy outside and meaty inside. Tasty snack idea for kids or just parties or potluck.
see the recipe
Ground Chicken Kibbeh Recipe (Croquettes) - Chefjar
Tostones (Twice-Fried Green Plantains)
All of us, at some point in our lives, have been lied to. This is a given fact. As a wife, I’ve told my fair share of tall-tales; “No, Hector, those shoes aren’t new. I’ve had them for years!” Moms lie as well, “Sorry, but the restaurant with the games and the oversized rodent has …
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a plate of Carribean Tostones with a small bowl of dipping sauce.
Muhammara Recipe (Red Pepper and Walnut Dip)
Muhammara is a Middle Eastern dip traditionally made from roasted red peppers, ground walnuts, Aleppo peppers, breadcrumbs, and pomegranate molasses. Sweet, tangy, smoky, and a little spicy, this post provides an easy muhammara recipe with step-by-step instructions to make this easy and delicious ap…
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a bowl of Muhammara - Red Pepper And Walnut Dip.
Lemon & Herb White Bean Dip (Vegan and Gluten-free)
This recipe for white bean dip comes together in just 10 minutes and 1 bowl only! It’s vegan and gluten-free, yet so creamy and satisfying!
see the recipe
Lemon & Herb White Bean Dip (Vegan and Gluten-free)
Mutabal (Roasted Eggplant Dip)
Delicious, unctuous and smoky mutabal (roasted eggplant dip) is the perfect appetizer or snack for your next BBQ or picnic.
see the recipe
Mutabal (Roasted Eggplant Dip)
Homemade Pita Chips: An Easy Healthy Snack – Gimme From Scratch
This simple recipe is quick and easy and super versatile. If you’ve never made baked pita chips, you’re going to be surprised at just how simple they are to make.
see the recipe
Homemade Pita Chips: An Easy Healthy Snack - Gimme From Scratch

Ramadan Iftar Drinks

I’m not going to argue that the best drink to have any time is water. But sometimes you do feel like something a bit different and special. So I include some drink recipes to enjoy in Ramadan. 

Cendol: green rice flour jellies with palm sugar and coconut milk
Cendol is a dessert drink made of rice flour jellies that you enjoy with palm sugar syrup and coconut milk.
see the recipe
Cendol in a tall glass with ice cubes
Cucumber And Kale Smoothie: The Tasty Drink To Boost Your Alkaline
This cucumber and kale smoothie is a clever way to top up our greens intake in our diet. With its refreshingly delicious taste, you can’t go wrong to include this drink in your menu.
see the recipe
a glass of cucumber and kale smoothie with some cucumber slices around
Cucumber Apple Smoothie
This cucumber apple smoothie is light but packed with goodness. It is cooling and hydrating with a hint of mint and lime for a refreshing twist.
see the recipe
A tall glass of cucumber apple smoothie, surrounded with an apple, limes, and mint leaves, with a hand fan lying next to the glass
Cucumber Mint Water with Strawberries
Tantalize your taste buds with this incredible Cucumber Mint Water with Strawberries! Fresh cucumbers, juicy strawberries, and mint leaves give you a fantastic experience every time you take a sip.
see the recipe
a jar of mint and cucumber water with strawberries.
Homemade cola
This homemade cola is a refreshing way to make your own cola at home. With kola nut powder to give it a natural kick and aromats including cinnamon, citrus and vanilla, there’s not surprises or secrets in this recipe.
see the recipe
a glass and a bottle of homemade cola.

Main Meals for Iftar

Last but not least, I have curated some delicious main meal ideas for your Ramadan recipes. Admittedly, not all of the recipes offer a quick-cooking process that only takes half an hour to do. But they all offer flavour and comfort that we often want when we have iftar. Some tasty food that can be enjoyed together with our loved ones. So enjoy. 

Vegetable Pilau Rice
Vegetable pilau rice is a one-pot rice dish that not only is easy to make, but it is also tasty and versatile. You can pair the rice with delicious curries, or just have it as is.
see the recipe
A bowl of Pakistani vegetable pilau rice
Nasi Uduk Jakarta
Nasi Uduk is deliciously fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and herbs. It's originally from Jakarta and traditionally enjoyed for happy occasions and comfort breakfast.
see the recipe
a plate of nasi uduk, cucumber, omelette, and fried chicken
Chicken biryani
This chicken biryani recipe will help you make the best biryani at home. It's an easy rice dish with succulent chicken in well-balanced spices.
see the recipe
Chicken biryani garnished with chopped cilantro and sliced cucumber in a round white deep plate.
Chicken Pilau Rice
Chicken Pilau Rice is delicious to enjoy as is. But you can indulge yourself more by having the rice with a few curries on the side.
see the recipe
Chicken pilau rice Pakistani style
Ayam Penyet
Ayam Penyet is a simple chicken dish that offers delicious flavour. It's a choice for the chilli lovers.
see the recipe
Ayam Penyet - the smashed chicken with fresh chilli sauce
Jumeokbap (Korean Rice Balls)
These easy, 30-minute Jumeokbap (Korean Rice Balls) are filled with sweet & savory ground beef bulgogi. These are great to take on-the-go!
see the recipe
Jumeokbap (Korean Rice Balls)
Ground Chicken Kebab
These chicken kebabs are so easy to make. Delicious to have on their own with a fresh salad or with burger buns or naan bread. However you like, I guarantee you'll love them.
see the recipe
grilled chicken kebab patties
Chicken Seekh Kabab: Easy Pakistani Recipe
Chicken seekh kabab is spicy and juicy grilled chicken mince on the skewer. It's succulent and delicious to have as a starter with naan bread and some spicy tomato chutney.
see the recipe
Chicken Seekh Kabab with lettuces and lemon slices
Ayam Suwir Bumbu Bali
Ayam Suwir Bumbu Bali is aromatic and spicy shredded chicken from Bali, Indonesia. This recipe will help you make this chicken dish from scratch so that you can adjust the chilli heat to feed all your loved ones.
see the recipe
Ayam Suwir Bumbu Bali - shredded chicken with Balinese spices in an oval white dish
Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick – The Short Order Cook
Teriyaki chicken on a stick is an easy family favorite recipe that is low-carb and gluten-free. The grilled kebabs are tasty and healthy.
see the recipe
Teriyaki Chicken on a Stick - The Short Order Cook
Healthy Chicken Shawarma Recipe – Perfect For Your Get-togethers
This healthy and easy chicken shawarma recipe is always listed among the signature recipes that we’re proud of the most.
see the recipe
chicken shawarma.
East African Kuku Paka Recipe
The Best East African Kuku Paka recipe! Chicken pieces tenderly marinated in a spiced-based sauce, grilled, then served in a flavorful coconut sauce.
see the recipe
a bowl of African Kuku Paka.
Aloo Gosht
Aloo Gosht – the meat and potato curry in Pakistani style – is the one you'll want for comfort food. It's delicious with plain Basmati rice and equally tasty to have with naan bread or chapati. Whichever you choose, it's a perfect dish for your curry night.
see the recipe
Pakistani aloo gosht - meat and potato curry
Lamb Kofta Curry
Lamb Kofta Curry is simply delicious to have with naan bread, roti/ chapati, pitta bread or flatbread. It's tasty to eat it with rice too. And you feel adventurous, you can enjoy this meatballs curry with spaghetti. Yumm.
see the recipe
Lamb Kofta Curry Pakistani Style
Dal Gosht: Lentil And Meat Curry
This Dal Gosht is a curry made with chana dal (split chickpea/ garbanzo lentils) and mung lentils with some meat. It’s also called chana gosht, chane ki daal gosht or chana dal gosht.
see the recipe
Dal Gosht the lentil and meat curry in a white bowl with blue patterned napkin and cutlery on the background.
Lamb Tongseng
Tongseng is braised lamb cooked in coconut milk with sweet soy sauce. This comforting dish is originally from Central Java, Indonesia. It tastes sweet-savoury with spicy coconut milk that will spoil your tastebud.
see the recipe
Lamb tongseng - Javanese braised lamb in spicy coconut milk with sweet soy sauce
Ikan Pesmol
Ikan Pesmol is a fish dish from West Java, Indonesia that has a refreshing tangy and spicy flavour.
see the recipe
A dish of Pesmol Ikan - fish dish in tangy and spicy sauce from west Java
Aloo Matar: Potato And Green Peas Curry Recipe Pakistani Style
Aloo Matar is a vegan side dish of Pakistani style potato and green peas dry curry recipe. It’s a humble dish that offers simplicity with full flavour.
see the recipe
A bowl of Aloo Matar the potato and green pea curry.
Aloo Palak
Aloo Palak, the potato and spinach curry is one of the classic curries among Pakistani cuisines. This vegan curry is delicious to enjoy with roti/ chapati, naan bread, pitta bread or rice.
see the recipe
Aloo Palak the potato and spinach curry in a small white bowl.
Eggplant Curry: An Easy Aubergine Curry Without Coconut Milk
This eggplant curry recipe will help you make a melt-in-the-mouth roast aubergine in tomato based curry sauce. It is an easy vegan curry that is perfect for a busy day.
see the recipe
aubergine curry cooked in Pakistani style
Chana Aloo Curry
This Chana Aloo Curry recipe is easy to make but helps you make a flavourful chickpea curry with potatoes. Rooted in Pakistani style of cooking, this curry dish uses a special ingredient which is tamarind.
see the recipe
Aloo Chana Curry
Aloo Methi – Potato and Fenugreek Leaves Curry
Aloo Methi is one vegetarian dish that not only is delicious but it has an exquisite aroma thanks to the fenugreek. Enjoy with any flatbreads.
see the recipe
Pakistani Aloo Methi - Potato and Fenugreek Leaves Curry

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2 Comments

  1. Global Charity for Feed the Fasting says:

    Thanks for sharing the awesome list of recipes for Ramadan. Those recipes are very helpful in preparation of iftar and easily cooked on time and served before breaking fast. Thumbs Up!!

  2. Love all of the recipes. Each one is so befitting for cheering up the stomach at the Iftaar table. Thanks for the inspiration!

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