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Traditional Ramadan Meals

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Ramadan Meal

Suhoor and Iftar, which mean the morning and evening Ramadan meals respectively, are a very important part of the holy month. Each family has their own set of traditional recipes that are part of the Ramadan celebrations. Suhoor is the first meal of the day eaten before sunrise. Iftar, the last meal of the day is a celebratory meal that every Muslim looks forward after a day of fasting. The traditional Ramadan fare that is eaten the the world over is shared in the blog below.




Suhoor And Iftar- The Two Ramadan Meals



Suhoor- The Morning Meal


This is a small meal that is eaten before the break of the dawn. This is the only meal that Muslims eat before the14 hour long fast ahead of them. Hence the emphasis is on slow digesting carbohydrate rich foods that can sustain the person till the evening iftar is eaten.




  • High Fiber Cereals- All unpolished cereals like wheat, brown rice, unpolished oats, barley and millet are eaten. A porridge is made with them and has in it milk and dry fruits. Breads that are made with the unpolished flours of these cereals are also staple in the suhoor.





  • Fruits And Vegetables-  These are rich in fiber and are eaten in plenty. The fruits are usually dried and include dates, apricots, raisins, figs, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Leafy vegetables, beans and tubers like beetroot are also a must. The high fiber content in them slows down digestion and gradually releases glucose in the blood.

Dry Fruits



  • Dairy And Meat-  Milk, curd and lean meat is present in the suhoor to provide calcium and protein. This goes to show that the traditional suhoor is a well balanced meal to help start the day with all the essential nutrients that the body needs.




Iftar- The Traditional Evening Meal


It is a hearty meal that is eaten after sunset and the offering of prayers. It is a special meal that is shared with family and friends and a very important part of Ramadan. 




  • Dates- Prophet Mohammad is said to have eaten fresh or dry dates to break his fast. Hence dates play a very important role in the iftar as all who observe Ramadan eat a few dates and have a sip of water to break their fast. Dates are concentrated in natural sugars along with fiber, iron and vitamins. This makes them the best food to begin the evening meal with.




  • Haleem- Harees or haleem is a staple in many homes during Ramadan. It is a mix of whole wheat, lamb or chicken and spices that are cooked together for at least 6 hours till the mixture gets a pasty consistency.




  • Laquimat- This is another favorite recipe that has been passed on for many generations. A laquimat is a sweet dumpling that is deep fried and then soaked in sugar syrup. Fermented batter that is flavored with rose syrup is used.




  • ​Aseeda- This is a timeless dessert made with thick date syrup, wheat flour and butter which are cooked till a pudding like consistency is reached. It is full of carbohydrates and natural fructose from the dates. A very healthy and traditional sweet treat.




  • Thareed- It is a 1000 year old recipe and is a delicious stew made with lamb and chickpeas. Spices, eggs and honey also go into this classic dish. It is served with pita bread and a vegetable salad and has been eaten since the ancient times . Thareed which is a very nourishing meal with healthy ingredients, is loved by many at the iftar table.





  • Regag Bread- This is a wafer thin bread that is eaten along with variety of accompaniments and dips. A paste made that is made with all purpose four is spread on a hot pan or a pot and cooked till dry. This is eaten with sugar and butter to improve the taste. It is also shredded and eaten as a gruel or porridge by adding milk.




  • Ful Medames- This is a dish that has been eaten since the time of the pharaohs and continues to be an important part of the Ramadan menu. It consists of slow cooked fava beans to which olive oil, garlic and spices are added. This simple and healthy dish is truly traditional.

Ful medames



One look at the traditional Ramadan meal is enough to say that is as wholesome and flavorful as food can get. These are timeless, slow cooked delicacies, which no modern meal can match in terms of health and taste. Efforts should be taken to prepare them for Ramadan to savor a unique gastronomical experience and to preserve and appreciate traditional recipes.  


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Traditional Ramadan Meals