What is Iftar?


Iftar is a ritual observed by Muslims during Ramadan, one of their holy festivals. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims observe a daily fast during the daytime.

They have a pre-dawn meal and go for fasting throughout the day. They break their daily fast with a special meal in the evening, which is known as Iftar.



Ramadan Iftar 2016

If you're thinking, "When is Iftar?", well then you should know that Ramadan 2016 will be celebrated from June 6th June to July 5th. So, Ramadan Iftar 2016 will also be observed during this time period. However, the dates may change depending upon when the new moon can be seen.

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Iftar Timings

The Iftar is observed at sunset. So, the daily Iftar timings will vary based on the timings of the sunset at different places across the world.

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Prayers or Dua for Iftar

The Muslims usually offer prayers throughout the day during Ramadan. Now, when they break their fast after sunset and are about to celebrate with a special meal called Iftar, they usually offer Iftar prayers before they start eating. Heres an example of a Dua for Iftar. Arabic version of the Iftar prayer first, which is then followed by its translation in English.

Recite the following supplications at the time of breaking fast:

ALLAAHUMMA LAKA S'UMTU WA A'LAA RIZQIKA AFT'ARTUWA A'LAYKA TAWAWKKALTU

O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance.

It is advisable to say the following at the first bite of food taken:

BISMILLAHIR RAH'MAANIR RAH'EEM YAA WAASI—A'L MAGHFIRATI IGFIR LEE

In the name of Allah, the Beneficient, the Merciful, O He whose indulgence is boundless, forgive me

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Iftar Recipes

The Muslims usually break their fast and have fresh or dried dates, olives and other fruits. Sweet dishes (example: jalebi) and delicious items like pakoras and samosas are also included in the Iftar menu. The Muslims may have other exciting recipes along with these fruits and sweet treats or during the dinner which is known as Iftar dinner.

Main Dishes for Iftar Dinner

Here's a list of some Iftar recipes which you can have as the main dishes for your dinner.

Spicy Chicken Pakora Recipe:

This is one of the most exciting recipes you can include in your Iftar menu. The ingredients and procedure for this Iftar recipe are given below.

Ingredients:
  • 500 gms boneless chicken pieces
  • 2 tsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 2-3 green chopped chillies
  • 1 chopped onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup curd
  • Salt
  • 1 1/2 cup dry batter
Procedure:
  • Combine all the ingredients except chicken and the batter.
  • Marinate the chicken with the mixture of ingredients.
  • Pour water on the batter to make it thick just like honey.
  • Put the marinated chicken in the batter.
  • Fry the chicken and batter until you find the color changing to golden brown.

The spicy chicken pakoras are ready to be served! You may serve them with tomato ketchup sauce or mint chutney to add to its flavor.

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Beef Meatballs:

One of the most delicious and popular Iftar recipes is the beef meatballs recipe. The ingredients and procedure for this recipe are mentioned below.



Ingredients:
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons grated Italian cheese (Parmesan and/or Romano)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 cup cool milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 egg
Procedure:
  • Mix the ingredients by hand and let it remain as it is for 20 minutes.
  • Create meatballs and fry in 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Keep frying until the color changes to golden brown.
  • Avoid frying too many meatballs at a time.

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Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani:


This is one of the main dishes that can be included in your Iftar menu.

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole chicken
  • Basmati rice - 5 cups
  • Cardamom - 5 pods
  • 2 onions
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • Cinnamon - 2 sticks
  • 200 gms yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup mint leaves 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 7 and 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Saffron strands
  • Salt
  • 200 gms cooking oil
Procedure:
  • Mix turmeric powder, red chilli powder, yogurt, and cumin powder.
  • Add coriander powder and garlic paste into the above mixture.
  • Marinate the chicken for around an hour.
  • Add salt, mint, and onions (sliced into pieces) into the marinated chicken.
  • Add 50 gms cooking oil into the boiling stock.
  • Add cardamom and cinnamon to the stock.
  • Put cumin seeds and cloves into the stock.
  • Add rice to the boiling stock and cook it.
  • Then add the rice to the marinated chicken.
  • Dip the saffron strands in water and pour the water on the rice.
  • Pour the remaining cooking oil into the rice.
  • Cook the rice and chicken for more than half an hour
  • Garnish the recipe with fried onions.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves to the recipe.
Your hyderabadi dum chicken biryani is now ready to be served to your dear ones.

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Iftar Recipes for Dessert


Here's something you can have after your Iftar dinner is over.

Rice Pudding with Dates:

This is one of the delicious Iftar recipes that can prepared for the dessert.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 cups milk
  • White sugar (3 tablespoons)
  • 15 chopped dates
Procedure:
  • Keep the rice in a blender and process it until it is pureed.
  • Place the rice in a saucepan and pour milk in it.
  • Add white sugar and dates into the saucepan.
  • Cook the mixture over low heat (for 20 minutes) and stir it.

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Khajoor Ki Barfi:

This is one of the most exciting Iftar recipes you can have for the dessert.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup finely chopped dates
  • 3 to 4 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 cup khoya
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • Silver varak and chopped almond
Procedure:
  • Roast khoya along with powdered sugar in a pan.
  • Add chopped dates and cardamom powder into the khoya.
  • Mix the dates, cardamom powder, sugar, and khoya.
  • Apply grease on a dish and spread the above mixture evenly on it.
  • Sprinkle silver varak on the mixture and refrigerate it.
  • Add chopped almonds to decorate the mixture.

You can now serve your rice pudding recipe!

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