50 Best Ramadan Recipes

Ramadan is one of the most important holidays in the Islamic faith, but as far as food traditions go, the focus is more on lack of food. For an entire month, the faithful are forbidden from eating from sunrise through sunset. While only adults are obligated to fast, many children participate, as well. There are, however, two daily meals: Iftar, which is the breaking of the fast once the sun goes down, and suhoor, which is the last meal eaten just before the break of dawn.

There is only one hard and fast tradition surrounding these Ramadan meals, and that is that the first food item consumed at an iftar meal should be dates. This is in honor of the prophet Muhammad, as it was his custom to break a fast with this fruit. There's also a sound nutritional reason behind doing so – dates help to raise blood sugar levels as these may have fallen after a day-long fast. Apart from the dates, there are no strict rules covering what is eaten at either iftar or suhoor other than that it must adhere to Islamic dietary laws, meaning pork and alcohol are verboten. Needless to say, you won't find either of these in any of the recipes on this list. Instead, we're focusing on a variety of dishes from countries throughout the Muslim diaspora. These include foods from the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and the Black Muslim community right here in the U.S.

1. Homemade Pita Bread

Bread has been the "staff of life" throughout human history, and it seems that pita bread may be the oldest bread of all. Anything that's been around for nearly 15,000 years has got to have something going for it! Our recipe may not be as ancient as all that, but it's still pretty traditional and is also not too difficult to make. Bake up a batch on the weekend, that way you can have it on hand to accompany your iftar meals.

Recipe: Homemade Pita Bread

2. Lemon Hummus

Hummus and pita bread go together like the Middle Eastern equivalent of peanut butter and jelly. Well, to be more accurate, peanut butter and bread, but that's not how the idiom goes. If you're going to the trouble of making homemade pita bread, why not take a few extra minutes to whip up some super-simple hummus, as well? This recipe is for the basic type where the chickpea and tahini base is flavored with lemon and garlic, but you can always jazz it up with spices like cayenne, cumin, or smoked paprika and/or give it a garnish of fresh mint or cilantro.

Recipe: Lemon Hummus

3. Easy Baba Ganoush

Yet another classic pita partner is the dip known as baba ganoush. It's not quite as simple as hummus to make, since instead of just pureeing a can of chickpeas you'll need to start by roasting an eggplant. Still, from that sizable vegetable, you'll get a good-sized amount of a great-tasting dip. As an alternative to pita triangles, you could also serve your baba ganoush with crostini, crudites, or chips, whatever your preference may be.

Recipe: Easy Baba Ganoush

4. Easy No-Bake Energy Bites

Fasting can be tough on the body, particularly if Ramadan takes place during the warmer months of the year when days are long. All the more important, then, is powering up in the pre-dawn hour with the nutrients needed to help you get through the day. These no-bake energy bites are packed with chia seeds, walnuts, peanut butter, and dates and dipped in chocolate to make for a delicious, nutritious, and super-quick suhoor meal. Be sure to keep a supply of these on hand if you're inclined to hit the snooze alarm and aren't left with much time to prepare breakfast before starting the day's fast.

Recipe: Easy No-Bake Energy Bites

5. Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

If you can stand to smell the tantalizing aroma of simmering soup as you fast, using your slow cooker is a great way to make sure you'll have something hearty and healthy on the table as soon as the sun goes down. Soups in general are a great way to start off an iftar meal since you'll likely be somewhat dehydrated after refraining from drinking anything (including water) throughout the day-long fast. As lentils are a high-protein legume, this soup in itself can even make for a meat-free main dish, although we'd suggest the addition of some pita bread along with a few glasses of water.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

6. Traditional Mango Lassi

It's important to break your fast with beverages as well as foods, and a yogurt drink like lassi will not only help you rehydrate but can provide calcium, protein, and probiotics, as well. Mangos also have plenty of nutrients of their own – in fact, one serving of this mango lassi recipe has enough of this fruit to supply half of your day's vitamin C. Try this refreshing drink as an iftar thirst quencher or as a healthy suhoor smoothie to set you up for the day.

Recipe: Traditional Mango Lassi

7. Simple Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a dish typical of North Africa, a predominantly Muslim region. It is quick and easy to prepare, inexpensive, meat-free, and gets plenty of protein from the eggs, so it's a great dish to whip up for a quick iftar supper. Top it with chopped cilantro and maybe add some crumbled feta cheese for extra protein, then serve it with a few hunks of crusty bread to sop up every bit of the spicy tomato sauce.

Recipe: Simple Shakshuka

8. Easy Chicken Shawarma

Chicken shawarma is a dish that originated in Turkey, a country whose population is 99% Muslim. It is now known and loved throughout the Middle East (and Europe and the U.S., too), as a popular street food. While the real deal needs to be cooked on a giant meat cone, that's not really something you can replicate at home. Instead, this shawarma-style chicken is cooked in an Instant Pot.

Recipe: Easy Chicken Shawarma

9. Simple Falafel

The chickpea is a pretty versatile vegetable. You can sprinkle it over salads, stir it into soups, and puree it to make hummus, but what we're doing here is mixing it with sesame seeds, onions, herbs, and spices to make homemade falafel. In order to get the proper texture, this recipe starts off with dried chickpeas instead of the canned kind, but don't worry – the 24-hour prep time simply involves giving them a good long soak. After that, they soften up quite nicely with no need for boiling, so the rest of the falafel-making process is really quite easy.

Recipe: Simple Falafel

10. Roasted Carrots

No matter what you have planned for your iftar entrée, you'll probably want a few sides to go along with it. As is, these simple roast carrots pair nicely with chicken, beef, or lamb, but you can also put them to use in other recipes. Dice them into a rice dish, use them in a salad, or even puree them with a splash of cream and some seasonings to make a tasty carrot soup.

Recipe: Roasted Carrots

11. Instant Pot Red Lentil Dal

While you may think of dal as an Indian dish, it's well-known in Pakistan, too, so it likely features on many an iftar menu in that country. Our version of the dish is made with red lentils, tomatoes, and onions cooked in coconut cream and flavored with cumin, curry powder, and paprika. We're also using the ever-popular Instant Pot for cooking here, so the dish is done in under 10 minutes plus whatever amount of time is necessary for your appliance to pressure up and then release.

Recipe: Instant Pot Red Lentil Dal

12. Tabbouleh

Are you familiar with tabbouleh, the national dish of Lebanon? If not, it could best be described as a cross between a salad and a grain dish as its bulgur wheat base is augmented with chopped fresh vegetables and green herbs. There are a number of different versions of tabbouleh, but our recipe mixes onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, mint, and parsley with pre-cooked bulgur and dresses the mixture with olive oil and lemon juice.

Recipe: Tabbouleh

13. Easy Chicken Kabobs

Everybody loves meat on sticks, and kabobs are the Middle Eastern version of this near-universal dish. Here we're marinating chicken chunks in a garlic, lemon, and oregano blend, then skewering them with onions and bell peppers. The kabobs can be baked in the oven, as we're doing here, but if it's outdoor cooking weather where you live, they'd be great on the grill, as well. If you don't want to eat them straight off the sticks, you can serve them with pita pockets to make kabob-wiches.

Recipe: Easy Chicken Kabobs

14. Green Shakshuka

Shakshuka is typically made with spicy tomato sauce, but the version here shakes things up by going with a very mild, nutmeg-flavored spinach sauce instead. It cooks up just as quickly as the standard type of shakshuka, though, and with two different cheeses (feta and parmesan) plus eggs plus spinach, it's packed with protein. As nutritious as it is, this green shakshuka can help revitalize you after your fast and can also prepare you for the coming one should you wake up in time to cook it for suhoor,

Recipe: Green Shakshuka

15. Easy Chana Masala

Chana masala is a vegetable curry that's popular across the entire Indian subcontinent, Pakistan included. While there's no prohibition against eating meat (as long as it's halal) in Islam, it's always good to have a few plant-based recipes in your pocket. Eating lower on the food chain, after all, is not only healthy and climate-friendly but can also be pretty economical. Here the "meat" of the curry consists of chickpeas, while the sauce is made from tomatoes seasoned with chiles, garlic, ginger, onions, and spices including turmeric and garam masala.

Recipe: Easy Chana Masala

16. Baklava

While your iftar meal should primarily consist of nutritious foods to replenish you after a day's fast, having a well-deserved sweet treat like this honey-soaked baklava won't come amiss. We typically associate baklava with Greek restaurants, and yet variants of the pastry are known throughout the Middle East. Our easy-to-make version uses frozen puff pastry as a shortcut and puts an American spin on this dessert by using pecans, but you can swap these nuts out for the more traditional walnuts or pistachios if you prefer.

Recipe: Baklava

17. Classic Gyros

Gyros are basically a Greek version of shawarma, as they, too, are made from a giant meat cone cooked on a spit. Just like shawarma, they're not something you can really recreate at home, but these gyro-style sandwiches still make for a tasty meal. The ones in this recipe are made with pan-fried beef marinated in a garlic and oregano vinaigrette dressing, then wrapped in a flatbread (good use for those homemade pitas!) and topped with cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki.

Recipe: Classic Gyros

18. Chicken Biryani

Biryani is a dish strongly associated with the Muslim communities of South Asia, thus making it an ideal choice for a festive iftar meal. There are many different types of biryani, but ours is a somewhat simplified American version – emphasis on the "somewhat," as it still calls for 20 different ingredients. These ingredients, though, which include chicken, basmati rice, and seasonings such as coriander, garam masala, and turmeric, can be found in any standard supermarket. Well, the saffron might not be so readily available, but it's super-expensive anyway so you might just want to swap this pricey spice out for a little more turmeric, anyway.

Recipe: Chicken Biryani

19. Shepherd Salad

Shepherd salad, unlike shepherd's pie, is made with neither lamb nor mutton. Instead, the ingredients in this traditional Turkish dish may include the type of produce that a shepherd might have had in their home garden: tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and parsley. The feta cheese that's sprinkled on the top would have been made from sheep's milk, though, and you may still be able to get sheep's milk feta if you shop in the specialty cheese aisle. While some big-brand American-made fetas may now be made with cow's milk, they, too, will make a tasty topping for your shepherd (or shall we call it cowherd?) salad.

Recipe: Shepherd Salad

20. Turkish Eggs

This egg dish, as its name implies, does come from Turkey – this isn't always a given with recipe names, though, as Russian dressing's not from Russia and French fries are hardly exclusive to France. Still, the Turks should be proud to claim this recipe as it turns out that fried eggs partner perfectly with garlicked-up yogurt. Our version is further dressed up with smoked chile brown butter and can make for an extra-flavorful entrée for either iftar or suhoor.

Recipe: Turkish Eggs

21. Spicy Lentil Soup

This slightly spicy soup really isn't all that incendiary unless you go super-heavy on the red pepper flakes. What it is, though, is extra-nutritious, as the protein-rich lentils are augmented with carrots, celery, onions, and vegetable broth. Serve this soup as a first course for a hearty iftar meal and it will help to rehydrate and replenish your body after a day without food or water. When Ramadan is over, this soup can also be paired with a simple salad to make for a light lunch or supper.

Recipe: Spicy Lentil Soup

22. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Butter chicken was possibly created by a Pakistani chef in a restaurant in India. The recipe is also a far more complex one than the name would imply, as in addition to butter, the chicken is cooked in a tomato-cream sauce and flavored with a laundry list of spices including chili powder, cumin, curry powder, garlic, and ginger. There's no need to worry about sourcing the seasonings, though, as our version requires only the kind that can readily be purchased in an American supermarket. We're also preparing this dish the easy way by letting a slow cooker do most of the work.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

23. Classic Falafel Sandwich

While we've already included one falafel recipe on this list, that falafel was formed into balls meant for dipping. Here the falafel is shaped into patties and then tucked into pita pockets along with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes to make falafel sandwiches. We've also included a recipe for lemon-tahini sauce for a tangy sandwich topping, but you may also want to make the sauce on its own and use it as a salad dressing.

Recipe: Classic Falafel Sandwich

24. Fresh Vegetable Lumpia

While the Philippines is a country with a Christian majority, Islam is a significant minority religion. So much so, in fact, that plans are currently underway to establish Mindanao as an autonomous Muslim-governed region. At a Filipino iftar dinner, you may see a traditional dish such as lumpia, which is similar to egg rolls or spring rolls. Lumpia can have a wide variety of fillings, but the ones in this recipe are made with a meat-free blend of bean sprouts, cabbage, carrots, green beans, and jicama.

Recipe: Fresh Vegetable Lumpia

25. Easy Moroccan Pumpkin Stew

This pumpkin stew isn't so much a traditional Moroccan recipe as it is one inspired by North African/Middle Eastern flavors. It's spiced with cinnamon, coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, and red pepper and includes a healthy blend of kale, chickpeas, carrots, tomatoes, and raisins in addition to the roast pumpkin. If you're intending to serve this dish as a vegan entrée you'll probably need to supplement it with an additional source of protein, but it makes a fine first course for an iftar meal.

Recipe: Easy Moroccan Pumpkin Stew

26. Easy Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken may be one of the earliest known Pakistani dishes – the Times of India reports that archaeologists have unearthed both clay ovens and chicken bones from 5,000-year-old ruins in Harappa. Its popularity in modern times, however, is due to the efforts of a Pakistani restaurateur in the 1940s. While our homemade version is technically not true tandoori chicken as it's made without a tandoor (clay oven), these oven-baked thighs in a spicy yogurt coating do have a flavor reminiscent of this favorite restaurant dish.

Recipe: Easy Tandoori Chicken

27. Pomegranate Couscous

This recipe takes couscous, which is a versatile yet fairly bland semolina-based pasta from North Africa, and jazzes it up with a number of other Middle Eastern flavors. The add-ins used here include a simple dressing of lemon juice and olive oil as well as pine nuts, fresh mint, and the pièce de résistance, fresh pomegranate seeds. The resulting dish makes for a side that's far more flavorful than run-of-the-mill rice, noodles, or plain steamed vegetables.

Recipe: Pomegranate Couscous

28. Chai Tea

Chai tea is, of course, the very best beverage to drink after practicing tai chi. (It seems like we've made that joke before ... and will undoubtedly do so again since food dad jokes 'r' us.) It also makes for a great post-fasting pick-me-up for iftar, or else a right-before-fasting eye-opener for suhoor. While there are many pre-made chai tea mixes and teabags available for purchase, here we're going old-style by crushing our own cardamom, cloves, and pepper, then simmering them with ginger, milk, and black tea. You should probably pass on the vanilla extract, though, as it may not be considered halal due to the alcohol it contains. What's more, vanilla isn't really a traditional chai ingredient anyway, but may have been introduced by Starbucks to add some familiar American flavor to this South Asian drink.

Recipe: Warm And Spicy Chai Tea

29. Jollof Rice

Jollof rice comes from West Africa, a region that's long had a strong Islamic influence. As this dish is representative of a significant part of the Muslim diaspora, we couldn't possibly overlook it for our Ramadan roundup. You can use either brown or white rice to make it, it won't really matter, because much of the flavor comes from a spicy blend of tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, and scotch bonnets seasoned with curry powder, bay leaves, and thyme. The final result is a side dish so flavorful it can perk up even the blandest of entrees.

Recipe: Jollof Rice You'll Wind Up Adding To Your Dinner Rotation

30. Rice Pudding

While rice may be the universal starchy side dish, it has other culinary uses, as well, and its best-known side gig may be a starring role in rice pudding. In Middle Eastern countries, rice pudding may be served at suhoor in order to fill up the faithful before a day of fasting. Our version is more American-style, flavored as it is with vanilla extract, but you can always leave out this ingredient (which, as we mentioned, may not be halal, anyway). If you replace the vanilla with rosewater and/or orange blossom water and then top the pudding with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios, you'll have a more Middle Eastern-style dish.

Recipe: Rice Pudding

31. Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Gyros

These gyros, like the gyros and shawarma we've already featured, are obviously not the real deal since we're assuming that you don't have a giant rotating spit on which to roast your meat (we don't either, more's the pity). Instead, these chicken thighs are marinated in yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and assorted spices and quickly pan-fried. Still, once they've been stuffed into a pita pocket with cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki, they make for an acceptable gyro substitute, plus they can also be a quick and tasty iftar meal.

Recipe: Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Gyros

32. Authentic Pancit

Pancit may be Chinese in origin, but this noodle dish by now is a typically Filipino creation. Pancits exist in numerous different varieties, some of which include ingredients such as fish balls and pork liver, although the latter ingredient is obviously not eaten by Muslims. This pancit recipe, however, includes ingredients that are not only familiar to Americans but are also entirely halal (as long as the meat comes from a halal market, that is — Islamic law requires that meat be processed in a very specific way). The noodles are topped with chicken, cabbage, carrots, and onions and the dish is cooked in sweetened soy sauce. Pair this pancit with lumpia and you'll have a flavorful Filipino-style iftar meal.

Recipe: Authentic Pancit

33. Moroccan-Inspired Whole-Roasted Branzino

Branzino, aka European sea bass, can be found as far south as North African waters, and it is also farmed in Morocco. If this particular fish is not available or is priced too high where you shop, though, you can also use striped bass, flounder, or halibut for this recipe. After all, it's not so much an attempt to re-create a traditional Moroccan dish as it is to use Moroccan-inspired seasonings such as coriander, cumin, and preserved lemons to flavor this trendy type of fish.

Recipe: Moroccan-Inspired Whole-Roasted Branzino

34. Easy Preserved Lemons

If you can't find the preserved lemons necessary to make Moroccan-inspired branzino, don't worry, they're surprisingly easy to DIY. Basically, all you need to do to preserve a lemon is to cut it open, stuff it with salt, and then soak it in lemon juice. It will take some time until they're done, though — about 3 weeks, or approximately 75% of Ramadan. The preserved lemons should last for up to 6 months, though, which will give you plenty of time to figure out what you're going to do with them. Not only do they work well in fish dishes, but they can also be used anywhere you want some salty-slash-sour flavor.

Recipe: Easy Preserved Lemons

35. Vitamin-Loaded Green Juice

While many cultures and religions practice fasting to some extent, few of these regimens are as strict as the month-long Ramadan fast. If Ramadan takes place in summer, you could be spending up to 16 hours without so much as a sip of water! As soon as the sun goes down, whether it's summer or winter, you'll need to get some liquids inside you right away as well as some nutrients to replace what you're body's used up just trying to get through the day. This nutritious green juice will satisfy both of these requirements at once as it's a glassful of vitamin-y goodness made from apples, celery, cucumbers, and kale.

Recipe: Vitamin-Loaded Green Juice

36. Satay-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Satay, a popular street food made of skewered chicken, is considered to be the national dish of Indonesia. As it happens, this Southeast Asian country has the world's largest Muslim population — over 207 residents, which amounts to about 13% of the world's Muslims. It's only right, then, that we have at least one Indonesian-style iftar dish on the menu, even if it's interpreted through the filter of the American-Chinese chain P.F. Chang's. While an authentic Asian-style satay might be somewhat complicated to make, this Americanized recipe makes use of easy-to-source ingredients such as canned coconut milk, peanut butter, and sriracha sauce.

Recipe: Satay-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

37. Chicken Arroz Caldo With Jammy Eggs

Arroz caldo is a Spanish phrase (translation: rice stew), and yet this dish is a Filipino one, which is why it earns a place on our list of iftar-appropriate entrees. In addition to rice, this stew is made with chicken wings and flavored with garlic, ginger, and lime juice. As for the "jammy eggs," this is just the cutesy term du jour for plain old medium-boiled six-minute ones. If you oops and over-boil the eggs, that's okay, hard-boiled ones make for a fine garnish, as well.

Recipe: Chicken Arroz Caldo With Jammy Eggs

38. Panang Curry

While panang curry is thought of as a Thai dish, it may have originated in Malaysia, and Malaysia is most definitely a Muslim country. Therefore, panang curry gets a shout-out as we dine our way around the diaspora. Our version of this red chicken curry is not too difficult to make as long as you can get hold of some panang curry paste or at least a red Thai curry paste. Kaffir lime leaves are also nice to have, but you can always use bay leaves supplemented with ½ teaspoon of grated lime zest if you can't find them

Recipe: Panang Curry

39. Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine

Tagine is a Moroccan classic that features at many an iftar feast. While the dish takes its name from the clay pot in which it's traditionally cooked, not all of us have this item in our cupboards. As an alternative, our easy tagine recipe makes use of a slow cooker, instead. The base of this tagine is chicken thighs and chickpeas, while the stew gets some sweetness from apricots, tang from lemon juice, and brine from green olives.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine

40. Creamy Bean Pie

Bean pie, true to its name, is a dessert pie made from mashed beans — navy beans, in the original version, although our recipe calls for the similar cannellini ones, instead. The pie was inspired by the views and writings of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam, and was a favorite of another famous Muhammad, the boxer Muhammad Ali. The beans themselves really don't influence the taste to any great extent (a bit less than the chickpeas used in dessert hummus, we'd say), so what you're really tasting here is the cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar used to flavor them.

Recipe: Creamy Bean Pie

41. Air Fryer Baba Ganoush

The most time-consuming, labor-intensive part of making baba ganoush is the fact that you have to roast the eggplant before you can puree it since canned eggplant puree doesn't seem to be a thing. Still, you needn't heat up the oven to do so, at least not if you have an air fryer of sufficient size to fit an eggplant. The air-fried eggplant should be done in about 20 minutes, then after a little cooling-off time it can be tossed into a blender with olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, and spices and transformed into baba ganoush.

Recipe: Air Fryer Baba Ganoush

42. 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Hummus

This three-ingredient recipe is incredibly easy to make as it starts off with store-bought hummus. Ingredients two and three consist of pumpkin puree (canned is fine) and pumpkin pie spice — stir them together, and you have a savory dip well-suited to pita bread and raw vegetables. With the addition of sugar as a fourth ingredient, though, you can have a pumpkin pie dessert hummus that would pair perfectly with cinnamon-sugar pita chips.

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Hummus

43. Easy Baked Samosas

You may be familiar with samosas as an Indian restaurant appetizer, but they actually originated in the Middle East and are popular in Pakistan, too. Our simple-to-make version makes use of store-bought phyllo dough and a filling of potatoes and peas. The dish can easily be made vegan with one simple swap — instead of using chicken stock to boil the potatoes, use vegetable-based stock. If you want a dipping sauce for the samosas, either chutney or a yogurt-based sauce would be a good choice.

Recipe: Easy Baked Samosas

44. Moroccan Chicken With Roasted Vegetable Couscous

These pan-seared chicken thighs are marinated in a Moroccan-inspired spice blend of allspice, cayenne, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, garlic, and smoked paprika. This recipe is a twofer, though, or perhaps even a threefer, as it also includes instructions for making a side of mint and parsley-flavored couscous as well as a selection of roast vegetables: onions, tomatoes, and zucchini. In less than 45 minutes, all of the elements come together to make for an entire iftar meal.

Recipe: Moroccan Chicken With Roasted Vegetable Couscous

45. Smoked Steak Kabobs

If Ramadan occurs at a time of year when the weather is conducive to outdoor cooking, you could always plan an iftar barbecue, although you'll need some outdoor lanterns as you won't be eating until it starts to get dark. For the menu, we suggest these smoked steak shish kabobs for the simple reason that smoke makes everything taste better. No smoker? That's too bad, but you can still just grill these tasty skewers of meat chunks interspersed with onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. These kabobs have a surprise ingredient, too — chunks of fresh pineapple, which make for an unexpected but delightful addition.

Recipe: Smoked Steak Kabobs

46. Coconut-Cardamom Tapioca Pudding

While we may think of tapioca pudding as an American or perhaps a British dish, tapioca itself is Brazilian and is an ingredient used in Asian countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. While this recipe doesn't adhere to any particular culinary tradition, it does make use of coconut milk, which is a staple in Southeast Asian cooking, as well as cardamom, a popular Middle Eastern spice. Top the pudding with fresh fruit (mango and blueberries are shown here) to make a delicious iftar dessert or even a suhoor breakfast treat.

Recipe: Coconut-Cardamom Tapioca Pudding

47. Easy Red Lentil Soup

Unlike certain other types of dried legumes, lentils cook fairly quickly and easily, with no pre-soaking required. Apart from red lentils, this super-simple soup requires just 5 additional ingredients: canned tomatoes, chicken broth (canned or carton would be fine), cumin, paprika, and a sweet potato. With half an hour of simmering, these items will be transformed into a healthy, hearty soup that's suitable for breaking your fast.

Recipe: Easy Red Lentil Soup

48. Slow Cooker Beef Sinigang

Sinigang is a beef stew flavored with an ingredient that's a staple in Filipino cooking: tamarind fruit, which has a tangy, yet slightly sweet, flavor. To make this easy sinigang, we're starting with a mix that already contains powdered tamarind, so there's no need to track down the actual fruit or figure out how to prepare it. Along with the sinigang mix, the beef is simmered in a crockpot with potatoes, green beans, and bok choy, then finished off with a dash of fish sauce. This recipe makes a fairly large amount (10 servings), but the tasty leftovers can last you through several iftar meals.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Sinigang

49. 3-Ingredient Shakshuka

Shakshuka can make for a delicious suhoor dish, but time is generally of the essence when you need to dine before dawn. With this three-ingredient recipe, though, your meal can be ready in about 15 minutes. All you need to do is open a jar of marinara sauce, pour it into a pan, and heat it up. Break in as many eggs as you need, then simmer them until they're done. Okay, so that's only two ingredients, but the third one's nothing more than a sprinkling of pepper to season the eggs. You may want some salt, too, but this fourth ingredient won't add a single second of prep time since you can salt the eggs as they simmer.

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Shakshuka

50. Turkish Delight

You may recall Turkish delight as the candy that led to Edmund's downfall in "The Chronicles of Narnia," but it's not exclusive to White Witches and other storybook baddies. Instead, this candy has been delighting Turks (and others) since the days of the Ottoman Empire. The ingredients involved in this recipe are actually pretty basic as it calls for nothing more than cornstarch, cream of tartar, lemon juice, sugar (granulated and powdered), and water, but the candy can be made even more delightful by stirring in some rosewater and maybe a handful of chopped pistachios.

Recipe: Turkish Delight