Iftar is the most common term we come across during Ramadan. But do you know what exactly it means? Iftar is the evening meal with which Muslims end their fast at sunset during the month of Ramadan. It is taken just after the call to prayer, which is called the evening prayer.
Ramadan Iftar is one of the five pillars of the Islamic religion and traditional observances which is often done as a community where people gather to break their fast together. According to the tradition, three dates are eaten to break the fast. The right way to break your fast is by consuming something light like juice or fruits so that your body can rehydrate and gain energy.
We have come up with some healthy Iftar meal ideas to let you enjoy the festive season in a great way:
It is a traditional pulao recipe in which long grain basmati rice is cooked with aromatic spiced beef. It tastes even better if cooked in Ghee. The Yakhni pulao is greatly savored by people during Iftar feast.
Afghani Chicken Karhai
Known for its mild spicy and lip-smacking flavor, Afghani Chicken Karahi is made using cream, whisked eggs, and lime juice. It tastes even better when served with spicy chutney.
Also known as butter chicken, it has a tomato based gravy in which plenty of butter is added to enhance the overall flavor. You can keep the level of spice mild or high as per your taste. It tastes best when served with basmati rice and naan.
Arabian Chicken Stew
During the month of Ramadan, people in Arab cook chicken stew more than often. It is a mildly spiced red colored gravy in which vegetables and chicken pieces are submerged. Quite easy to prepare, it tastes delicious and mostly eaten with another dish called thareed.
A royal treat for your taste buds. It is a rich and delectable Mughlai dessert in which fried sugar syrup glazed bread is soaked in thick, creamy sweetened milk and topped with dry fruits like pistachios. Don’t forget to relish your taste buds with this scrumptious sweet treat during Iftaar.
Another special Ramadan dish cooked during Iftaar, Bhuni Raan is the fried mutton leg served with baked potatoes and fresh steamed vegetables. To prepare this dish, the toughest meat of the lamb is taken and made so soft and juicy that can be easily eaten with a spoon.
Hara Bhara Kebab
The traditional evening snack served and savored during Ramadan. The tender and delicious hara bhara kebabs are made with spinach and gram dal. They are quite high in proteins, minerals, vitamins, and iron.
Crunchy Sweet Dumplings (Luqaimat)
It is a popular dessert in Arab countries usually enjoyed after Iftar. Luqaimats are sweet dumplings made of flour, yeast, saffron, and cardamom that are whipped up into a soft and smooth batter and deep fried. They are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Since no sugar is added to the dumplings, they are dipped in honey, date syrup or sugar syrup to make them sweet.
Kunafa with Cream
Kunafa is a Middle Eastern dessert made from extra thin noodles of semolina flour, cream, and cheese with sweet orange blossom syrup. It has a crispy crust outside and a melt in mouth cheesy flavor inside.
Almond Butter Sticks
This melt-in-mouth delightful dessert is made with cream cheese dough and almond extract sugar filling. Quite easy to make, it is perfect to relish your taste buds during Iftaar.
All these delicious Iftar cuisines and desserts are certainly worth trying.
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