11 Easy and Yummy Dishes You Can Buka Puasa With

We enjoy visiting the Ramadan bazaars when it’s close to the time to buka puasa. While the selections are certainly tasty, they can sometimes be a little pricey. Here are some iftar recipes you can DIY that taste just as great as those from the food bazaars:

1. Lemon, garlic, and rosemary chicken skewers

lemon garlic rosemary chicken skewer
Photo credit: The Cafeé Sucre Farine

Put a western twist to our local street food – satay. Marinate chicken breast meat with olive oil, rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper for at least an hour before you grill them. Full recipe here.

2. Moroccan lemon olive chicken

moroccan lemon olive chicken
Photo credit: A Communal Table

The thing we love the most about this recipe is the fact that it’s all done in one pan! No switching or cooking ingredients in separate pans – just put them all together! It might look intimidating but it’s really easy to make! Here’s the full recipe.

3. Grilled zucchini hummus wrap

grilled zucchini hummus wrap
Photo credit: Maebells

Here’s something for the health conscious crowd. Put some fresh zucchinis, tomatoes, and onions together on a hummus-spread tortilla. Roll it up and it’s ready to be served! Check out the recipe here.

4. Baklava bites

baklava bites
Photo credit: Cooking Classy

These mini baklavas are perfect as desserts! The Turkish dessert may sound like a tedious job, but this step-by-step recipe will prove you wrong.

5. Sticky date pudding

sticky date pudding
Photo credit: The Sugar Hit

You can have this before or after the main course! If you have too much dates at home, put them to good use by making this super delicious dessert. Full recipe here.

6. Algerian white chicken soup

algerian white chicken soup
Photo credit: Halal Home Cooking

Don’t underestimate the chorba bayda, this Algerian chicken soup is thick enough as a meal. We can’t wait to try it out after reading how it’s made here.

7. Turkish meatballs

turkish meatballs
Photo credit: A Kitchen in Istanbul

The kids will love this. The sauce base is made from tomatoes and potatoes, whereas the meatballs are beef seasoned with garlic, parsley, cumin, and black pepper. Check out the yummy recipe here.

8. Honey turmeric chicken

honey turmeric chicken
Photo credit: Rasa Malaysia

This recipe is super easy and only takes 15 minutes to prepare! It’s just chicken marinated in garlic, honey, oyster sauce, turmeric powder, cayenne pepper, and salt. Here’s the recipe.

9. Middle Eastern spiced lentil and rice

middle eastern spiced lentil and rice
Photo credit: RecipeTin Eats

The Mejadra is an incredibly flavourful rice that originated from the Middle East. At least four types of spices are cooked with the basmati rice and lentils to create this amazing dish. Full recipe here.

9. Date shake

date shake
Photo credit: My Halal Kitchen

Can’t get enough of dates? Switch the rose syrup and sirap bandung for this creamy shake made with dates! It’s so simple, read it here.

10. Rose, lemon, and strawberry infused water

rose strawberry lemon infused water
Photo credit: Wallflower Kitchen

If milkshakes are too heavy for you, then try this fruit-infused water, which has plenty of health benefits too! Mix fresh strawberries, rose petals, and lemon juice in filtered water. Leave it in the fridge overnight and voila! Full recipe here.

11. Persian Shirazi salad

persian shirazi salad
Photo credit: Scrambled Chefs

Take a break from the oily and spicy food – try this healthy and yummy salad instead. The dressing includes olive oil, mint, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Check out the full recipe here.

While refraining from food and drinks from dawn to sunset is important, the priority is to abstain from negative sentiments verbally and mentally as well. If you need help with food preparation for a family gathering iftar session, we have some great halal caterers ready to serve you! Click here to request for professional caterers!

Have a great fasting month everyone!

written by Esther Chung