Ramadan Meal Plans

I was asked by a dear reader to come up with a small write-up of Ramadan menu suggestions as the holy month is quickly approaching. Ramadan is a time of generosity and goodwill, and cooking not only for your family gatherings together, but also for neighbors, friends, and complete strangers. More important than food is prayer and charity. May Allah preserve our Muslim brothers and sisters and grant victory to the protectors of our faith and honor, the Jihadists worldwide, and grant them and their loved ones the highest Heavens where they dwell among the Prophets in sha Allah. May the more fortunate of us strive to ease the difficulties of our less fortunate brethren. May we all unite in this world before the next under the same Sovereign cause and goal of spreading Allah’s word and living in hopes of achieving His blessing and honor of being able to look at His face.

Below are various menu suggestions which I like to pair together. My family always breaks the fast with a date, which is a Sunna as per our beloved Prophet’s (may peace and blessings be upon him) ways. The dates can be fresh if in season, or stuffed with different nuts or other stuffings for added nutritional value (Sticky Stuffed Dates, Pistachio-Stuffed DatesHalva Stuffed Dates).

Once we break our fast with an odd number of dates (either one, or three, or five, or seven) and a glass of water or shineena (yogurt drink), we pray the meghrib prayer then gather together to eat the iftar meal. After a day of fasting, we always like to have some sort of soup on the menu as it is nutritious and easy on the stomach. This can sometimes be replaced with a stew. It is also typical of a Ramadan table to include something dry, usually fried. We must have a salad on the table, Ramadan or otherwise. A main dish of protein is absolutely compulsory, as is a carbohydrate accompaniment. With time, I have come to resent the presence of soda on the table, and the homemade drinks I make instead are so much better loved and enjoyed. We tend to be more decadent in the sweet department as well during Ramadan.

Besides the main iftar meal, Muslims have one more lighter meal late at night not long before the fajir early morning prayer named the suhoor. I posted an outline last year of what my family likes to have on hand for the suhoor, which you can see here.

It is important to point out that too much food waste happens in many places during Ramadan, and that is the exact opposite of the spirit of the month. It is not shameful to re-serve leftover food to the family. I understand if you have guests over and making too much food, but there are many ways you can give the food rather than throwing it away. Make sure it is presented with care because no one wants to be given food that looks like leftovers.

Suggested drinks for Ramadan:

Orange-Pomegranate Juice

Qamr Aldeen Drink

Hibiscus Karkaday Lemonade

Fresh Lemon Iced Tea

Lemon-Mint Refresher Drink

Melon-Mint Smoothie

Yogurt Drink: Shineena

Menu 1

Freekeh Soup

Maryam’s Fattouche

Haloomi Cheese Bourag Rolls

Pistachio Kebab Kofta

Iraqi Vermicelli Rice

Khoshaf, Dried Fruit Salad

Menu 2

Chickpea-Coriander Soup

Aubergine Rocket Pomegranate Salad

Lamb Pomegranate Bourag

Roast Chicken With Vegetables

Barley Mushroom Pilaf

Blueberry Qataef

Menu 3

Pea Crouton Soup

Balsamic Dressed Salad

Steak with Magic Sauce

Roast Potato Wedges

Banoffee, My Way

Menu 4

Red Lentil Soup

Corn Tabboula

Vineleaf, Onion, and Prune Dolmades

Knafa Buns

Menu 5

Carrot Dill Soup

Mediterranean Salad

Indian Split Pea Patty Fritters

Delectable Curried Chicken

Fragrant Spiced Rice

Qatari Sago Halawa

Menu 6

Tomato Meatball Soup

Mexican Salad

Salmon Skewers

Shrimp Broccoli Fettuccine

Berry Terrine

Menu 7

Iraqi Turnip-Kubba Soup

Fried Aubergine Pomegranate Molasses Salad

Beef Tongue

Sumac Roast Chicken

Iraqi Carrot Rice

Date-Tahini Halawa

Menu 8

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Puffed Cheese Straws

Cabbage Tomato Salad

Iraqi Stuffed Baby Aubergines

Iraqi Potato Rice

Rice Mohalabi Pudding

Menu 9

Iraqi Bamia or Okra Stew

Iraqi Crispy Crust Rice

Black Eyed Peas Salad

Iraqi Coconut MacarOOns

Menu 10

Brown Lentil Soup

Farmer’s Salad

Carrot Fritters

Barberry Zarshk Pilaf

Iraqi Roast Lamb Ribs

Berry Pavlova

Menu 11

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Shrimp Club Salad

Pomegranate Sesame Chicken with Ginger Coconut Rice

Cappuccino Cupcakes

Menu 12

Qatari Harees Meat Porridge

Beetroot and Green Apple Salad

Leek Quiche

Tray Baked Salmon with Green Beans

Ageeli Saffron Cake

Menu 13

Cream of Chicken Soup

Cos Salad

Iraqi Dill Kubba

Squash Mucver (Turkish Courgette Patties)

Hachis Parmentier

Coconut Basboosa

Menu 14

Pumpkin Soup

Liver Salad

Spanish Tomato Bruschetta

Chicken Fettah

Mosaïc Jello

Menu 15

Kubba Labania (Minted Yogurt Soup with Kubba)

Caraway Seed Rice

Lamb Kofta with Tahini and Pom Chili Jam

Chocolate Mousse

Menu 16 Suhoor Cooking Ideas

Iraqi Thareed Bagilla

Cheddar Popovers with Mint Scrambled Eggs

Mushroom Cream on Toast

Egg Pudding Cheese Soufflé

Raspberry-Chocolate Overnight Oats

Cheese Snails – Halazon

Chicken Musakhan Cones

Iraqi Iroog Bread

Iraqi Meat Flatbread

Sujuk Rolls

Lamb Pide

Cheese Pide

Menu 17 Vegetarian

Chestnut Sage Soup

Turkish Couscous Salad

Felafels

Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Aubergine Lasagna

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