35 Delicious & Filling Dinner Ideas for Iftar

35 Delicious & Filling Dinner Ideas for Iftar

Sheela Prakash
Jun 5, 2018
(Image credit: Leela Cyd)

If you're looking for a few new recipes to add your family's iftar spread, we've rounded up some choice picks. They're just what you need to provide sustenance after the day of fasting and easy enough to scale up when sharing your table with a large group of family and friends.

We've rounded up 35 recipes, from starters all the way through dessert. You'll find a few classic dishes like a sweet and savory fruit chaat (made with whatever's in season) to heartier dishes like a vibrant lamb stew. A few everyday classic are in the mix as well, including some great stir-fries, casseroles, and pastas.

Side Dishes and Starters

Fragrant rice dishes and salads are both colorful ways to round out an iftar meal. It's also nice to have something to snack on before things get underway — dips and fritters always fit the bill.

Meaty Main Dishes

Something saucy, rich, and meaty is a usual centerpiece of the iftar table, as it's sure to satisfy after a day of fasting.

Everyday Favorites

No one will complain if you bring pasta, a stir-fry, or something as simple as sloppy Joes to the table. For many, leaning on your slow cooker or pressure cooker makes them even easier to churn out.

Vegetarian Main Dishes

Meaty stews are common at the table, but there are plenty of hearty alternatives for those who don't eat meat. Beans and legumes, along with vegetables like eggplant and cauliflower, make for equally satisfying main dishes.


Sweets are just as an important part of the iftar meal as the savory items. Warm, sweet vermicelli milk called sheer kurma is a staple of many tables, but that's just one of many favorites to finish the evening.

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