Ramadan is a time for fasting and praying but it's also a time for food.

Sound ironic? Not really. Ramadan is a time where Muslims come together and break their fast with one and other. At sundown, it's common for Muslims to join together for the iftar feast, or the breaking of the fast.

Of course, during the day, they're fasting, so the sundown meal can get elaborate.

But all Muslims are not alike and all Muslim cuisine isn't alike, either.

Here are some iftar treats from around the world, with links to recipes.


Ramadan Recipe links:

Harira Recipes

Harira recipe at Epicurious (Epicurious)

Morroccan Food: Harira ( 

Vegetarian harira recipe (Vegetarian Times)

Dahi Barey (Dahi Vadey) Recipes

How to Make Dahi Vada (Showmethecurry)

List of Dahi Barey Recipes (Khanapakana)

Ful Medames Recipes

Recipe for Ful Madames (Arab News)

Ful Medames (Epicurious)

Mantu Recipes

Afghan Mantu Recipe (Hubpages)

Homemade Mantu Recipe (Afghanistan Culture)

Turkish Borek Recipes

Turkish Borek (Food Network)

Three Variations of Borek (Reflections enRoute)


Velvety, smooth, and nourishing, harira is a lentil soup from Morocco that is almost a staple in the Moroccan Ramadan dinner . It can either be made with meat or vegetarian.


Dahi Barey (or Dahi Vadey) are commonly seen on iftar tables in India and Pakistan. These dumplings are made of chick pea flour and are served wit yogurt and tamarind sauce.


A staple on Egyptian tables, ful medames is a dish made of fava beans, onions, and plenty of herbs and spices.


Mantoo is an Afghani dish consisting of dumplings in yogurt. These dumplings are like ravioli, stuffed with meat and leeks. The dish is topped with split peas.


Borek is a pastry made with phylo dough and filled with either cheese, meats or vegetables. In Ramadan, you'll often find a Turkish table laced with various borek and a special bread made in Ramadan called pide bread.

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