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38 Nourishing and Delicious Recipes to Share During Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Updated on March 15, 2024

We've got recipes that are perfect for suhoor and iftar, plus some more celebratory bites to enjoy when the fasting is over on Eid.

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Recipes for Breaking the Fast

When you're ready to break the fast during Ramadan, you'll want something nutritious, delicious and satisfying. These recipes — some traditional and some not — check all the boxes and are perfect for sharing with family and friends throughout the month. And when you're ready to celebrate Eid at the end of the month, we've got recipes for that too — check out the dishes that Muslims enjoy all over the world.

First we've got this Turkish classic of meatballs and potatoes in tomato sauce. It's perfect anytime as a simple dinner or as an addition to an iftar table. There are different ways to make the dish: some people form the meatballs into small football shapes; others prefer patties. Some sear the meatballs before baking; others put them in the oven raw. I prefer forming patties because they look better when arranged with the potatoes and are easier to sear. And I like searing them because it locks in the juices, but you can do whatever you prefer.

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Ranginak

This traditional Persian date and walnut dessert is simple yet so filling and delicious. It's perfect for the month of Ramadan because you just need a little bit with your suhoor meal to satisfy your sweet tooth and get the energy you need for the day. Ranginak is traditionally made with rotab (a type of Iranian date) or regular Iranian dates, but Medjool dates also work well.

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Fattoush

Fattoush is a Levantine salad made with fried pita and seasonal vegetables, such as lettuce, cucumber and tomato. The special flavor of fattoush comes from the dressing, which contains sumac and pomegranate molasses.

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Cold Baklava with Milk

Cold baklava, called sütlü soğuk baklava, has become a popular confection in Turkey in recent years, especially during summertime and Ramadan. While classic baklava is sweetened with simple syrup, this version is soaked in a combination of milk and syrup, then finished with a variety of toppings, such as a dusting of cocoa powder and sugar and a sprinkle of ground pistachios or chocolate shavings. Unlike classic baklava, it’s soft instead of crisp.

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