Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Fasting officially begins on the first night that the new crescent moon is visible.
With an entire month’s worth of Ramadan meals to prepare, try mixing up your menus with these recipes from around the world.
A samosa is a fried or baked dish with a savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils, macaroni, noodles, and/or minced meat. Pine nuts can also be added. This is no doubt eaten very often during Ramadan.
Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. It is a traditional Middle Eastern food, commonly served in a pita, They are also eaten very often during Ramadan.
3. Vegetable Macaroni
Prepared with green vegetables and a dash of spices, this version of pasta is an absolute winner as it packs both nutrition and taste, which is a good way to break fasts during the month of Ramadan
4. Spring Rolls
Spring rolls are a large variety of filled, rolled appetizers or dim sum found in East Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine. Spring rolls are one of the most popular dishes during the month of Ramadan.
Kanafah is a cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, typical of the regions belonging to the former Ottoman Empire. It is a specialty of the Levant and adjoining areas of Egypt and Turkey.
8. Lentil Soup
Lentil soup refers to a variety of vegetarian and meat soups made with lentils. The soup may consist of green, brown, red, yellow or black lentils, with or without the husk.
9. Chicken Fatteh
Fatteh is a favorite of Levantine people in and outside Ramadan. In its simplest form it is shredded bread soaked in stock with some kind of topping. There are variations of Fatteh or similar bread based dishes all over the Middle East.
10. Chicken Machboos
Chicken Machboos, is the national dish of Bahrain. It is similar to Biryani (from the Indian subcontinent) and Kabsa (from Saudi Arabia), all with different cooking methods, ingredients and spiciness but all three are basically meat and rice dishes.