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.
- Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate-Sumac Dressing
- How To Make Tabbouleh Salad with Bulgur, Quinoa, or Cracked Wheat
- Pine Nut and Scallion Couscous
- Vegetable Biryani Rice
- Dahi Vadey
- Zucchini, Mint, and Yogurt Spread
- Baba Ghanoush (Eggplant Dip)
- The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad
- Roasted Eggplant Salad with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese
- Sesame-Ginger Roasted Broccoli
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.
- Simplest Spiced Lamb Stew
- Baked Chicken with Artichokes
- Beef Kofta with Tzatziki
- Lamb Bolognese
- Chicken 65
- Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Almonds & Chickpeas
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.
- Turkey and Greens Skillet Pasta
- One-Pot Pasta Puttanesca
- How To Make Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli
- One-Pot Creamy Chicken & Rice Casserole
- How To Make Stuffed Peppers
- 30-Minute Pressure-Cooker Cacciatore Chicken
- How To Make Sloppy Joes in the Slow Cooker
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.
- Roasted Eggplant and Brown Rice Bowl with Turmeric Tahini
- Freezer-to-Slow-Cooker Vegetable Tagine
- Lentil Dal with Hearty Greens
- How To Make the Best Falafel at Home
- Persian Herb Frittata (Kuku Sabzi)
- Feta and Tomato Braised Chickpeas
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.