Iftar is one of the most important and enjoyable rituals observed during the holy month of Ramadan. Families and community members all over the world enjoy this time which marks the end of a day of fasting. The wide range of foods and dishes are as varied as the people that share them. Below are some of our favorites:
Afghanistan – Pulao Rice
This popular dish is made with a delicious mix of basmati rice, shredded carrots, sliced almonds, chicken, raisins and seasoned with saffron and other spices. Savory and hearty, Pulao is enjoyed by many around the world for Iftar and beyond.
India – Chicken Biryani
Chicken Biryani is a savory dish that includes layers of basmati rice, chicken, vegetables and an array of herbs and spices including bay leaf, cardamom and saffron to name a few. Steamed together, these ingredients create a succulent, aromatic dish that is bursting with flavor.
America – Soul Food
Made popular by African Americans but enjoyed by everyone, soul food dishes emanate from southern, homestyle, comfort-food cooking made from staples like fried chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens and corn bread. Chicken and waffles are also part of the soul food mix and is enjoyed by many for suhoor and Iftar.
Senegal – Thiebou Dien
The national dish of Senegal, this sumptuous blend of jollof rice, fish, vegetables, and spices is simmered in tomato sauce in a large pot. The carrots, cassava and fish absorb the seasonings creating a culinary experience that is simply delightful. Usually eaten at lunch time, this delicious dish is enjoyed by Senegalese people and many others around the world for evening Iftars.
Morocco – Tajine
One of the most popular dishes in Morocco, Tagine is a delightful blend of vegetables, meat (optional) and spices like ginger, paprika, cumin, turmeric and saffron, made in a slow cooking pot called Tagine. The slow cooking results in a stew-like consistency with a savory sauce that is scooped up with Moroccan bread. Tagine has many delectable variations and is enjoyed by many around the world for Iftar.
One of my good friends, Lubna is from Morocco and last year she brought me another amazing dish, Moroccan couscous. She arrived just before I was closing the store and surprised me with this pot of deliciousness.
Iftar is a time of family, community and celebration of the end of a day of fasting. There are so many wonderful Iftar dishes we simply could not name them all. But, we want to know what you make for Iftar. Leave us a comment below and let us know about your favorite Iftar dish.