15 Iftar Recipes to Break Fast
Explore these delicious and satisfying ideas to serve every night of Ramadan.
Algerian Kefta (Meatballs)
This simple meatball dish is delicious, rich, and fresh. It was taught to me by my Algerian husband, one of his favorites from home. The tomato sauce can be used for anything and the amounts of flavors can be adjusted. I like a lot of garlic and pepper. I have also found halal hamburger to be much leaner and lighter than regular. You can find it at international food stores and halal butcher shops in bigger cities. Serve this dish with a French baguette.
Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice and Chicken
Basmati rice is topped with chicken pieces cooked with aromatic spices, garnished with toasted slivered almonds.
Afghan Beef Raviolis (Mantwo)
Layers of spiced yogurt, yellow split peas, and homemade ravioli make up this delicious dish.
Veggie Bulgur Salad (Kisir)
I got this recipe from a friend, it is a very popular Turkish/Middle Eastern salad.
This Tunisian dish is like a Mediterranean version of huevos rancheros. Fried eggs simmer in a sauce of tomatoes, onions, colorful bell peppers, chile peppers, and spices.
Moroccan Spicy Carrot Salad
Carrots are cut into thin, round pieces and cooked with the spices.
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An Egyptian spice blend that is wonderful. The more you eat it the more addictive it becomes. Serve with toasted crusty bread (Turkish bread is great for this), and olive oil. Dip bread into olive oil, then into the hazelnut mixture and enjoy this unique and addictive mix.
Lentils and Rice with Fried Onions (Mujadarrah)
This may sound like a plain recipe, but believe me, it's wonderful! It is an easy-to-make Middle Eastern comfort food that combines lentils, rice and delicious fried onions. The yogurt really gives it a super flavor!
Ash-e-jow (Iranian/Persian Barley Soup)
I've seen a lot of recipes for this soup; however, my mother-in-law adds tomato paste for a bit of a different flavour and she doesn't add any lentils or beans. It's thick, filling, and delicious, and you could make it vegetarian by using vegetable stock.
Bazlama - Turkish Flat Bread
Bazlama is a simple and delicious village bread that I learned to prepare after moving to Turkey. Normally it is cooked in an outdoor oven but it works just as well on the stove top. It's best served warm.