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12 Vegetarian Iftar Ideas for Ramadan This Year

This year, I almost moved to eat completely meat-free. I still enjoy it from time to time, maybe a bite here or there, but I’ve lost most of the ‘taste’ for meat than having any other objections to it. To be honest, I don’t miss it at all. But, living in Morocco, this isn’t always easy to convey.

People don’t understand why I would choose not to eat meat if I have the ability (money) to eat it. There are lots of vegetarian Muslims in the world, and those who would prefer to eat only zabiha halal meat but can’t afford it or find it.

Mix up your iftars with some of these vegetarian iftar ideas.

Various vegetarian iftar recipes and meals with the text 12 Vegetarian Iftar Ideas

What is a Traditional Iftar Meal?

During Ramadan, two main meals shape the daily rhythm: suhoor (or sehri), pre-dawn, and iftar, post-sunset. Families and local communities gather for these communal meals, fostering a sense of togetherness. Suhoor and iftar meals typically feature a diverse spread of fresh fruits, vegetables, halal meats, breads, cheeses, and sweets. The composition of these meals varies regionally, reflecting the culinary diversity found in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America, and beyond.

A family eating an iftar meal during Ramadan

Whether enjoyed at home, in community mosques, or other designated places within the community, these traditional iftar meals symbolize not only sustenance but also the shared spirit of Ramadan.

What is the Best Meal for Iftar?

Deciding the best meal for iftar is crucial, as it plays a vital role in replenishing energy after a day of fasting. Whether you’re vegetarian or have specific dietary needs, thoughtful meal planning can ease the challenges of abstaining from food for extended periods. For vegetarians, especially, advance planning is essential to ensure tasty and nutritious options. Stocking up on protein-rich vegetarian foods like tofu, eggs, nuts, and plant-based proteins becomes crucial. Even non-vegetarians should focus on nutritious options, ensuring their meals provide essential nutrients to sustain the fast.

Various traditional Arabic food for iftar served on a table

Explore a variety of iftar vegetarian recipes, incorporating dishes like Ajo Blanco, Shorbat Addas, and Moroccan zucchini salad, to ensure both flavor and nutrition in your Ramadan meals.

What are Some Vegetarian Iftar Recipes?

If you are looking for delicious vegetarian Ramadan recipes for iftar, here is a variety of mouth-watering vegetarian options to choose from. These flavorful plant-based alternatives do not only cater to diverse tastes but also contribute to a healthier iftar. From Moroccan Harira to vibrant chickpea salads, these vegetarian iftar recipes offer a burst of flavors and nutrients for a satisfying and wholesome iftar experience.

12 Vegetarian Iftar Ideas

For the iftar it's normal to have a mixture of sweet and savory items - a bit like a brunch. Light foods like soups and smoothies are to help aid the stomach after a day of fasting with more substantial food to follow.

Elevate your Ramadan meals with these enticing vegetarian iftar recipes, making your evenings both delightful and nutritious.

Are You Looking for Allergen-Friendly Iftar Ideas?

For those seeking allergen-friendly ideas, navigating gluten-free iftar options can be challenging, particularly with soups. Many Moroccan recipes incorporate flour as a thickening agent, so extra caution is necessary when dining out or in unfamiliar settings. However, there are numerous vegan-friendly iftar recipes available to cater to diverse dietary needs.

With a collection of versatile recipes, accommodating vegan guests or adhering to a vegan diet yourself becomes a breeze. These vegetarian recipes for iftar are delicious and satisfying for everyone to enjoy.

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Mary R Crumpton

Friday 10th of June 2016

This is great, thanks.

As a follow up, do you fancy posting some vegan Iftar recipes?

Mary x

Amanda Mouttaki

Friday 10th of June 2016

Hi Mary - yes there is one already -


Thursday 2nd of July 2015

Thanks so much for sharing my soup posts! :)