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9 iftar eats you must try this Ramazan

The holy month of Ramazan is all about helping the indigent, while being grateful for everything God has given you. Sitting down with family and friends to break the fast together is an important part of the rituals. So just like any other festival, food shines here too!

By lanes and gullies filled with vendors selling scrumptious kebabs, naans, biryanis, breads, fruits, and of course sweets like sheer korma are great for the taste buds, but not for health. This Ramazan we tell you how to plan healthier iftar meals in your home kitchen and indulge without worries. 


Here are 9 nawabi recipes for you to try -

Khajur aur Akhrot Roll – Khajur or dates are a very important part of iftar meals and are customary to break the fast with. A couple of dates provide you with instant energy to cope up with the all-day fasts. This date and walnut roll is easy to make and store. Crunchy and filled with natural sweetness, it looks beautiful. Wrap them up in coloured cellophane paper and it makes perfect gifts too.

Kamal Kakdi aur Khajur ke kabab A delicious vegetarian version of the sheekh kabab, made with lotus stems and dates. The dates and the lotus stem puree have beautiful contrasting textures and flavours that blend with select masalas to make this healthy tandoori kabab. You can also make kamal kakdi ke shammi kabab or crisp lotus stems with masala curry baskets with lotus stems.

Fruit ChaatFruits are light and healthy, loaded with vitamins and minerals - ideal food to break a fast with. Take your choice of fruits and toss them into a chaat or serve with custard and jelly. You can also grill fruits and toss them with chunks of cooked chicken or paneer and some honey chilli dressing for a great salad. Fruit smoothies are also healthy and they totally fill you up.

Olive ke PakodeTangy pitted green olives, crumbed and air fried to make these delicious pop in the mouth, bite-sized pakode. They are a perfect snack. You can also use this popular Mediterranean ingredient to make a bunch of interesting appetizer recipes like - spicy tossed olives, Potato olive balls, and prawn and olive skewers. A must-try recipe! The olive spread acts as a great dip for almost anything, so try that along.

Keema OmeletteEggs and mince have always been a great combination. Whether it is a keema roti roll, mince scotch eggs or a classic keema matar masala served with boiled eggs and pav - there are many ways to enjoy this delicious duo together! This time we urge you to try his spicy mince stuffed fluffy omelet because it makes a filling, high on energy breakfast or a post fast eat.

Kibbeh Minced mutton and fragrant Mediterranean spices – this Lebanese fried kebab has multiple uses. Serve it just like that with hummus or even better a red pumpkin hummus or stuffed between your favourite bread slathered with spicy mint chutney. You can even use these succulent kebabs in a biryani or pulao.

Kachche Gosht ki Biryani A perfect blend of raw basmati rice, lamb pieces marinated with yogurt and spices cooked together from scratch under dum. Slow cooking the rice and the meat together ensures a beautiful marriage of flavours and aromas from the tender meat and fluffy rice. This biryani is complete with fried onions and kewra water – and it tastes best when made in large quantities, fit for a perfect family feast.

Firni and sevaiya – These sweet treats are must-haves during iftaar and also make great seheri eats. Try out different combinations of fruits like jamun, custard apple, litchees, and even chocolate in your phirni and use healthy ingredients like oats or brown rice instead of white.  As for seviayan use it to make kheer, burfis, upmas, and even to give a crunchy crust to your kebabs.

Caramel Banana with White and Black Sesame Seeds This is simple to make and all the sweet ingredients are instant power boosters. Frozen bananas topped with a caramel sauce and crunchy sesame seeds. Delightful to make, look at and eat!

The Muslim community is spread across the globe and not just limited to the Middle East. So there are a number of food options you can prepare this Ramadan. Keep up with the pious spirit of the festival and feel the joy of feeding people. For recipes you have SanjeevKapoor.com

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.