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Recipes to up your iftar game this Ramazan

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The month of Ramadan is upon us, and while prayers, charity, and patience are the most integral parts, iftar and all the delicious things we are blessed enough to enjoy are secondary (also important) aspects.

However, the same old same old gets a little monotonous. It’s almost always the same — fruit chaat, pakorey, samosey, and dahi barey. Don’t get us wrong; we know we’re privileged to have all this food. However, there is no harm in upping your iftar game with some new recipes.

We scoured Instagram while fasting—you’re welcome—to bring you some new things to try this Ramadan!

Cheesecake dates

Dates are great on their own, but if you’re a little bored of them or have a picky eater in the family, try breaking your fast with these cheesecake dates. Making these with your friends and family would also be enjoyable as a cute Ramazan activity!

Karachi-style channa chaat

Yes, our moms’ chickpeas and dahi barey are great on their own — but you know what’s better? Combining the two and making a delicious channa chaat. This recipe will help you make that and save you a trip to your local vendor.


Baklava is always a crowd-pleaser, and while this Middle Eastern dessert looks super complicated, it’s relatively easy! You can make a big batch and send some to your neighbors to gather some good deeds while enjoying a delicious treat.

Thread chicken

We all usually have some roll or samosa pati left over after painstakingly helping our families fold the iftar staples. Why not use that to make some thread chicken? This dish is unique, quick, and easy to make, and you can toss it in the hot oil alongside all the other things being fried.

Somali Bur Kuus Kuus

This treat is like Somalia’s version of doughnuts and looks super yummy. Skip the trip to Dunkin’ and make these at home instead!

Fried fish in tamarind sauce

If you’re feeling adventurous (and have some imli lying around in your fridge), try this fried fish in tamarind sauce. After a long fast, it’s the tastiest way to get omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins into your system.

Danish fruit pastries

Forget the fruit chaat, okay? You eat it every iftar. Instead, elevate your fruits with this quick and easy recipe for Danish fruit pastries. They look better than Test Kitchen’s danishes (IYKYK). The best part is that you can use whatever fruit is in season!

Crispy garlic fried chicken

Garlic and fried chicken? Now, that’s a match made in heaven. I don’t think we need to say more—try it.

Almond caramel crisp cookies

This is a gluten-free option, and it looks INCREDIBLE. The recipe is for all the real meetha lovers out there.

Loaded buffalo chicken fries

Is there anything better than fries? Fries with cheese, sauce, and chicken are the answer. You can make a massive batch of these and call your friends over for (probably) the best Iftar party they’ve been to. The recipe calls for using an air fryer, but you can get away with frying them in a pan.

Which recipe will you be trying first? Does your family indulge in any unique Iftar specials? Comment below and let us know!

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