The 50 Best Ramadan Recipes For Suhoor, Iftar and Eid al-Fitr

Celebrate the start of Ramadan in the most delicious way!

Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims all over the world. It means different things to different people, but the biggies are prayers, fasting, feasting, cleansing rituals, 'moon watchers' and more local traditions. This year, Ramadan will begin on March 22, and end on April 20.  Each year, Ramadan ushers in a time of great spiritual awareness for Muslims, who observe the fast every single day from dawn to dusk. Food especially takes on a special significance during this period. 

Related: What Is Ramadan?

What To Eat During Ramadan

Before morning prayers, Muslims eat suhoor, a heavy breakfast loaded with meat, eggs and fats to get them through the day. From kebabs to curries slow cooked to make sure the meat is tender, these meals are highly energizing.

The fasting period is concluded when the sun sets with the Iftar meal. This meal is often a festive, communal affair. The traditional way to break a fast during Ramadan is with a date, as they help raise the body’s glucose levels after a long day of fasting. For a healthy start to the meal, you can then try a comforting bowl of lentil or tomato soup. Soups are a great way to start an Iftar meal as they are easy for the body to absorb.

Related: What is Eid?

Appetizers, or ‘mezze’ as they’re referred to in Arabic, can be hot or cold. Hot mezze typically consists of kibbeh (also known as kubbeh, a meat and bulgur shell stuffed with ground meat filling), falafel (chickpeas and fava bean balls, deep-fried) and assorted pastries filled with meat, spinach or cheese stuffing. Cold mezze includes salads such as tabbouleh (finely chopped parsley with tomatoes, bulgur wheat and mint), and dips such as hummus and baba ganoush (made from eggplant).

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The star of the Ramadan meal is usually a slow-roasted lamb seasoned with spices and served with a mixture of rice and nuts. To end your meal on a sweet note, you also have a host of options from baklava and puddings, to halvas (a Middle Eastern fudge-like confection made with tahini).

Related: 21 Best Arabic Desserts

We’ve put together 50 of the best Ramadan recipes for the daily suhoor and iftar meals, as well as for the big Eid al-Fitr celebration afterward. Have a great month of Ramadan!

Best Ramadan Recipes

Smoky Seitan Kebabs

A delicious kebab recipe with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce.

Get the recipe: Smoky Seitan Kebabs

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Onion Pakora

A famous deep-fried street food from India.

Get the recipe: Onion Pakora


Authentic Baba Ganoush

Made with only five simple ingredients, the eggplant can be grilled or baked.

Get the recipe: Authentic Baba Ganoush

Feasting at Home

Parsi Keema Pulao

Slow-cooked mutton is paired with basmati rice in this festive meal.

Get the recipe: Parsi Keema Pulao

Archana's Kitchen

Stuffed Baby Aubergines (Sheikh El Mehchi)

This tasty Lebanese recipe consists of lamb-stuffed eggplants.

Get the recipe: Stuffed Baby Aubergines (Sheikh El Mehchi)

Culinae Mundi

Beef Shish Kebob

Marinated beef, peppers and onions are a delicious combo, especially when served on a stick.

Get the recipe: Beef Shish Kebob

Dinner at the Zoo

Persian Rice

Fluffy basmati rice cooked in saffron-infused chicken broth.

Get the recipe: Persian Rice

Dinner Then Dessert

Kafta Bil Sanieh

A Lebanese potato bake that makes a heart-warming, filling meal.

Get the recipe: Kafta Bil Sanieh

Every Little Crumb

Mutton Seekh Kabab

This recipe is full of delicious flavors and juicy mutton.

Get the recipe: Mutton Seekh Kabab

Foodies Terminal

Moroccan Fish Kebabs

Serve these over a bed of couscous with mint yogurt sauce for dipping.

Get the recipe: Moroccan Fish Kebabs

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Jelly Toast Blog

Harissa Prawns

A spicy low-carb, high-protein dish.

Get the recipe: Harissa Prawns

Greedy Gourmet

Iraqi Spice-Rubbed Chicken

Tender chicken coated with a homemade Middle Eastern-inspired spice rub.

Get the recipe: Iraqi Spice-Rubbed Chicken

Kevin Is Cooking

Lebanese Man’oushe

A pizza-like dish that is typically eaten for breakfast.

Get the recipe: Lebanese Man’oushe

Maureen Abood

Loubieh Bi Zeit

Also known as green beans braised in olive oil.

Get the recipe: Loubieh Bi Zeit

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Middle-Eastern Chicken Kebabs

A flavorful grilled chicken kebab you will want to make all summer long.

Get the recipe: Middle-Eastern Chicken Kebabs

Once Upon a Chef

Harira - Moroccan Lentil Soup

Tender red lentils and chickpeas flavored with warm, fragrant Moroccan spices.

Get the recipe: Harira - Moroccan Lentil Soup

Panning The Globe


An extremely popular savory snack in India.

Get the recipe: Samosas

Pure Indian Foods

Sindhi Biryani

This aromatic spicy dish can be made with chicken, mutton or beef.

Get the recipe: Sindhi Biryani

Recipes Are Simple

Chana Dal Seekh Kebab

Mixed lentils and veggies make for a flavorful kebab.

Get the recipe: Chana Dal Seekh Kebab

Ruchi's Kitchen

Tomato Shorba

A spiced Indian tomato soup perfect for a chilly night.

Get the recipe: Tomato Shorba

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Ruchi's Kitchen

Crispy Potato Bhajiyas

A fusion dish from South Asia and East Africa.

Get the recipe: Crispy Potato Bhajiyas

Sanjana Feasts

Authentic Falafel

Made with chickpeas, fresh herbs and spices.

Get the recipe: Authentic Falafel

The Mediterranean Dish

Authentic Hummus

You haven't had great hummus until you've had this authentic recipe.

Get the recipe: Authentic Hummus

Tastes Better From Scratch

Pakistani Beef Curry Stew

This comforting stew is a dump-and-go instant pot recipe!

Get the recipe: Pakistani Beef Curry Stew

Tea for Turmeric

Pakistani Nihari

Pakistani beef stew is exactly what you need after a long, cold day.

Get the recipe: Pakistani Nihari Curry

Tea for Turmeric

Shami Kebab

Tender patties made with beef and yellow split peas.

Get the recipe: Shami Kebab

Tea for Turmeric

Sumac Onion Bread (Musakhan)

Makes a great homemade appetizer or pizza style.

Get the recipe: Sumac Onion Bread (Musakhan)

The Delicious Crescen

Loaded Lebanese Rice - Hashweh

A loaded rice recipe with meat, nuts and raisins.

Get the recipe: Loaded Lebanese Rice - Hashweh

The Mediterranean Dish

Moroccan Lamb Stew

A lamb stew that is sweet, spicy and fragrant.

Get the recipe: Moroccan Lamb Stew

Related: 30 Best Slow Cooker Stew Recipes

The Noshery

Beef Shawarma

You can have your favorite beef shawarma sandwich at home thanks to this simple recipe.

Get the recipe: Beef Shawarma

Related: 50 Best Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

The Mediterranean Dish

Best Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas)

Flavorful grape leaves stuffed with meat, rice and lots of fresh herbs.

Get the recipe: BEST Stuffed Grape Leaves (Dolmas)

The Mediterranean Dish

Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls

Skillet chicken with a bright arugula salad takes these bowls to the next level.

Get the recipe: Chicken Shawarma Salad Bowls

The Mediterranean Dish

Homemade Egyptian Hawawshi

Made with crispy pita pockets stuffed with a flavorful meat mixture.

Get the recipe: Homemade Egyptian Hawawshi

The Mediterranean Dish


A paleo version of a Middle Eastern classic.

Get the recipe: Tabouli

Worthy Pause

Mediterranean-Style Fish Soup

Quick and easy fish soup with warm Eastern Mediterranean spices.

Get the recipe: Mediterranean-Style Fish Soup

The Mediterranean Dish

Okra Recipe, Mediterranean-Style (Bamya)

This okra recipe is the perfect balance of savory, tangy and a little bit spicy.

Get the recipe: Okra Recipe, Mediterranean-Style (Bamya)

The Mediterranean Dish

Lgeimat - Saffron and Cardamom Fritters

A fried fritter topped with a syrup of saffron and cardamom.

Get the recipe: Lgeimat - Saffron and Cardamom Fritters

The Spruce Eats

Shahi Tukda

A very popular dessert similar to bread pudding.

Get the recipe: Shahi Tukda

Binjal's Veg Kitchen

Mutton Bhuna Goshth

A goat meat curry popular in North India.

Get the recipe: Mutton Bhuna Goshth

Whisk Affair

Double ka Meetha

Indian bread pudding made with fried bread slices soaked in a rich creamy milk mixture.

Get the recipe: Double ka Meetha

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My Cooking Journey

Sheer Khurma

A rich vermicelli made with milk, lots of nuts, dates and sugar.

Get the recipe: Sheer Khurma

Cook with Manali

Easy Middle Eastern Rice Pudding

A basic stove-top rice pudding infused with vanilla, cinnamon and cloves.

Get the recipe: Easy Middle Eastern Rice Pudding

The Mediterranean Dish


Layers of honey-soaked crispy phyllo dough and a cinnamon-infused nut mixture.

Get the recipe: Baklava

The Mediterranean Dish

Middle Eastern Vegan Donuts (Zalabia)

A little crispy donut drenched in sweet syrup that only needs five pantry ingredients.

Get the recipe: Middle-Eastern Vegan Donuts (Zalabia)

The Mediterranean Dish

Emirati Pumpkin Halva

Pumpkin fans can enjoy it in a whole new way.

Get the recipe: Emirati Pumpkin Halva

Kitchen Postcards

Bread Kheer

A quick, easy dessert made by grinding toast and simmering it in milk.

Get the recipe: Bread Kheer

Sharmi's Passions

Moroccan Chickpea Soup

This 20-minute soup is filled with flavor and is gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.

Get the recipe: Moroccan Chickpea Soup

Gimme Some Oven

Vegetable Biryani

This fragrant dish is packed with veggies, spices, herbs and nuts.

Get the recipe: Vegetable Biryani

Cook with Manal

Mirchi ka Salan

A spiced, creamy, tangy dish with green chilies in curry.

Get the recipe: Mirchi ka Salan

Dasssana's Veg Recipes

Mutton Karahi

An easy, stress-free Indian dish made of lamb, tomatoes and lots of ginger.

Get the recipe: Mutton Karahi

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