The Holy month of Ramadan is here with an occasion to cleanse our mind, body, and soul. We have some delicious Indian recipes for Ramadan which you can try for Suhur and Iftaar. A collection of sweets, snacks and rich curries from my tasty curry for Ramadan month. These delectable dishes will add variety, color, and nutrition to every meal.
I am always awestruck seeing the rich and intense Islamic culture. It is a true reflection of spirituality where one needs to look within oneself. The patience and dignity of the people fasting is commendable. Meals are served before sunrise, called suhoor, and after sunset called iftar, and eaten with family or with the local community.
The fast of Ramadan teaches us all to respect food. If you face the hardships with composure and togetherness of family and community it is not less than a festival and so is fasting for Ramadan. I have a collection of sweets, snacks, and curries devoted with love to this season.
Ramadan Dessert Recipes
We all know what double Ka meetha is. It is a house full of textures from the wonderful cuisine of Nizams of Hyderabad. Made with deep fried bread dipped in saffron flavoured milk topped with pistachios, almond and rose petals. A flavour explosion and wonderful sight, try this festive, dessert, especially during Ramadan.
Makhane ki kheer is an easy dessert dish made with Makhana, puffed lotus seeds or fox nuts. It is a milky creamy kheer filled with nuts, really suitable for iftar. Makhana is a great antioxidant and good for your heart. Health plus happiness is what is served in this bowl of kheer.
Coconut burfi is also a simple recipe to make. You can quickly combine desiccated coconut with sweet creamy milk and some nuts and these health bars are ready to charge you up after the whole day.
This dessert is as exotic as it sounds. When it is served in bowls decorated with nuts and rose petals it is surely a sight delight. The flavor of Apple infused with thandai spice is a delicious improvisation.
A Rose flavored cold and slurpy falooda makes a great drink for iftar in Ramadan. After working the whole day without food this drink is ideal to start your meal with. Pair it up with some kebabs and tikkis or have it has a sweet dish.
Ramadan Snack Recipes for Iftar
Kababs and snack recipes for Iftar during Ramadan.
A large chunk of paneer coated with gram flour and onion batter. It is crunchy outside and soft and creamy inside. It is one of my best creations in the kitchen and perfect for a filling evening snack. You would love to have something really delicious after fasting whole day. This paneer and onion fritter is what your family could sit together and have after a long day’s work.
It is almost the harvest season and some areas would have already enjoyed the first batch of bhutta. Try a plate full of these crispy corn fritters with your family with green mint chutney and some chat masala. I first tried corn pakoda on my way to Lavasa city from Pune. They serve amazing corn pakodas in tapri stalls! It is fun to have hot and crispy bites while traveling or at home chattering:)
Dahi vada is traditionally had in iftar. Dahi vada is urad dal ke vade which is dunk in cold creamy curd sprinkled with some chatpate spices . It is flavourful, wholesome , and easy on the stomach because of the curd. I have made pistachio filled dahi vada to add a nutty surprise with each bite.
Dahi ke kabab, a golden fried, melt in mouth kabab relished by many in India. Made with hung curd, fresh paneer, and spices, this kebab is ultra creamy and smooth. It is perfect for iftar party with your family. You will keep popping one after the other in your mouth and lose count.
Boneless Chicken chunks marinated in yogurt and mouthwatering pickle spices, grilled and served hot with apple chutney. This appetizer is in demand and has captured all your hearts for a long time now. Serve it in iftar meal as an appetizer along with some gravy and parathas.
Tandoori paneer tikka chargrilled in the microwave. cubes of paneer marinated in tandoori spices and slow grilled to make ultra juicy and tasty appetizer for the evenings. I use a microwave to grill tikkas as they give you enough smoky flavor in the tandoori tikkas. Indian Cottage cheese is a good source of protein and calcium which should be included in meals at least twice a week.
Button mushrooms marinated in assorted spices with yogurt and baked or grilled in a microwave. You can choose to barbecue it in your backyard in a relaxed evening, it is entirely your choice. It is a healthy recipe as all the above in this collection.
Creamy Soya chaap grilled in tandoor with mix spices to give it a rich taste. You can have it with mint chutney or cook them in a rich malai curry for an indulging experience. These appetizers are perfect while you wait for the iftar dinner to be served.
Veg seekh kebab made with minced veggies in Awadhi spices grilled on a non-stick grill pan. It is a melt in mouth starters relished along with the all-time favorite green coriander and mint chutney with some soft drinks to go with. Seekh kebabs can also be paired up with lachcha paratha or rumali roti.
Hare chane ke kebabs are made from seasonal tender and green chickpeas. These green chickpeas have a very fresh and earthy taste which blends well with mild spices which are used in this kebab. A great option to make as snacks before the hunger pans starts . You can even freeze them and quicky fry them for iftar snacks.
These are one of my favorite kebabs made with wholesome Rajma or kidney beans, soft paneer coated with quinoa to form a crispy outer layer. Galouti Rajma kebab is simply the best melt in mouth kebabs for vegetarians. Have them with warqi paratha or ulta tawa paratha which make for an awesome combination with the galouti kebabs.
Handpicked main course for iftar
From the royal rasois of the Hyderabad to our plates comes this spicy and tender chicken chunks hidden below the bed of flavored rice. Hyderabadi biryani has its own fan following. The flavors so rich owing to the slow cooking with dum pukht method makes for a hearty one-pot meal. Biryani is traditionally served in one plate where family members share their love along with food. Biryani is one of the few examples of India’s rich heritage and culture.
Persian chicken stew or farsejan is a classic persian curry served with steamed rice. It is chicken stew seasoned with mild spices, nutty roasted walnut paste, and pomegranate to add an extra element. It is a perfect Iranian comfort food which will please your appetite.
Boiled and fried potatoes in a Kashmiri spiced rich curry is a perfect recipe for Ramadan. Kashmiri dum aloo curry is a rich yogurt based curry seasoned with distinct aromatic spices used only in Kashmiri cuisines. It is a must try curry. Serve it with some steamed rice and parathas for a complete cozy meal with your family.
Paneer ghee roast masala is a Mangalore style dry gravy fit to serve as an appetizer. With an addition of rice gravy, this becomes a spicy rich curry which can be relished with paratha, dosa or rice. Fresh cottage cheese marinated in clarified ghee and freshly toasted masalas until it seeps in the paneer. The result of this process makes this paneer curry a heavenly delight. It is simply mouthwatering.
Bengali dim kosha is a Bengali egg curry served with steamed rice. Hard-boiled eggs lightly coated with turmeric and salt are fried and then added to this heart curry ready to be devoured. It is healthy and gluten-free curry rich in protein. Every Indian region makes their curry in a slightly different method, this egg gravy uses panch phoran tadka which is a blend of 5 Indian spices. It is a must try!
I hope you enjoy all the above Ramadan recipes especially curated for you to cook and eat during Ramadan. You are welcome to find an exhaustive list of dishes on MTC and I will keep posting awesome and easy recipes on my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest pages. Look up for my tweets for recipe updates and secrets behind the quick and functional kitchen.