35 Delicious and Filling Dinner Ideas for Iftar

updated Nov 30, 2023
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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

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Dahi Vadey
The fritters are slightly tangy and a bit sour, thanks to the yogurt. This dish is a classic staple of any Hyderbadi Indian iftar spread.
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Zucchini, Mint and Yogurt Spread
This homemade spread is light, but boasts a strong mint and lemon flavor.
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Tangy Cucumber Salad
A light, fresh salad of quick-pickled cucumbers and chopped fresh chives that's perfect for your next potluck or barbecue.
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Meaty Main Dishes

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Baked Chicken with Artichokes, Cinnamon, and Preserved Lemons

This recipe a new favorite — it’s a riff on a classic Middle Eastern tagine of slow-cooked chicken, artichokes, and preserved lemon, but cooked in a regular baking dish instead of the classic tagine baking dish.

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Beef Kofta with Tzatziki

This version of kofta takes a page from the Mediterranean preparation, where they’re traditionally made with lamb or beef and often served with flatbread and tzatziki.

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Lamb Bolognese

Traditionally, bolognese uses a mixture of ground beef and veal to create a rich, meaty sauce that’s perfect for spooning over thick noodles like pappardelle.

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Chicken 65
This crispy spicy chicken dish is just what to make when you're bored of chicken
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Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Almonds & Chickpeas

This is not a quick weeknight meal, by any means, but it is most certainly a lazy “make your house smell amazing” weekend kind of meal.

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Everyday Favorites

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Turkey and Greens Skillet Pasta

Ground turkey tends to be a little polarizing, but it does some serious convincing in this delicious pasta skillet.

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One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca
This certainly isn't your Italian grandmother's pasta puttanesca, but it is one of the easiest versions you'll find.
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Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli

This is take-out menu beef and broccoli stir-fry — but so much better.

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One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

If you’re looking for a comforting one-pot meal that will please the whole family, look no further than this creamy chicken and rice stovetop casserole.

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Stuffed Peppers
Got leftovers? Stuff 'em in a pepper, top with cheese, and call it a day!
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Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker
Skip the canned stuff and make super flavorful beef or turkey sloppy joes in the slow cooker with this weeknight friendly recipe.
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30-Minute Cacciatore Chicken

Using fresh, not frozen, chicken? Make this pressure-cooker cacciatore chicken recipe the same way, but cut down the pressure-cooking time to 10 minutes.

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Vegetarian Main Dishes

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Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Bowl with Turmeric Tahini
This vibrant grain bowl is topped with chickpeas, roasted eggplant, and a vibrant turmeric tahini sauce.
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Feta and Tomato Braised Chickpeas
Tender chickpeas swimming in an oregano- and garlic-spiked tomato sauce and topped with plenty of melty feta cheese. Make enough for lunch too!
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Lavender Namoora
With only a handful of ingredients and a straightforward technique, this semolina cake is perhaps one of the easiest desserts you're not making.
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Baklava is one of those desserts that has a reputation for difficulty, but is actually surprisingly easy to make.

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Seasonal Fruit Chaat
Fruit chaat is a popular fruit salad served at Indo-Pakistani iftar tables. It's made with chaat masala, which brings a warm and spicy heat to fruit salad.
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Nani’s Sheer Khurma
The milky goodness of ghee-tossed vermicelli, warm saffron milk, chopped pistachios, and chewy, sweet dried dates, is a pure taste of Eid in Pakistan.
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Pressure-Cooker Rice Pudding

Made in a pressure cooker, rice pudding takes about 30 minutes and comes out creamy and perfect each time.

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Labneh Cheesecake Bars with Salted Honey Sauce

Labneh is cheese made from strained thick yogurt. It’s commonly eaten for breakfast in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries with olive oil and bread.

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