Are you looking for new ideas for your table this Ramadan? Every country has its own Ramadan food traditions many of which are an important part of the place and culture. For example, it’s not Ramadan in Morocco unless there’s a pot of harira on the stove!
These suggestions are not meant to represent all of the food traditions that exist but give you a taste and some new ideas. Many of the ideas here are for larger meals that could be a part of the iftar table or could be served for the later, larger meal. We tend to combine our meals and have two instead of three.
Ramadan Food Ideas from Around the World
These recipes from around the world are a great addition to your Ramadan celebrations.
A delicious dish that will be a star on any Ramadan table, kabsa rice is beautiful and delicious!
West Africa has many variations of jollof rice and there are huge debates over which is best. This version is from Nigeria.
Similar to kabsa but has a few distinctive differences in how the rice is made as well as how the chicken is cooked. This is one example of Yemeni Ramadan food.
Another chicken and rice dish that hails from West Africa, this dish has meat that's falling off the bone and a flavorful rice base you'll love.
Make this very simple lentil dish for iftars or suhoor. It's easy and very good for you.
One of my favorite dishes from Tunisia, this rice and chicken is very customizable and most of all delicious. Tunisian Ramadan food also features soups and of course dates.
Lemony lentil soup is a great way to break the fast. This recipe from Lebanon is a treat.
Most people don't think of the Maldives as a place where Ramadan is celebrated, but it is. This tuna curry from the islands is a delicious and welcome mix of flavors that can be dominated by Middle Eastern tastes.
A fish and rice dish that is packed with flavor and textures. Serve for an iftar or main meal during Ramadan.
Spicy lamb curry is perfect scooped up with a flatbread or served on top of rice. Make double because it will be gobbled up!
A quick and easy take on classic shwarma, this dish is great for nights you just don't have time but can throw something into the slow cooker ahead.
Every country has some type of pasta dish and this macaroni from Egypt is a very kid-friendly meal for Ramadan.
A very simple, classic salad across the region, this is a great starter or dip to have on your Ramadan table.
Whether you serve these for an iftar or as a dessert your family and guests will love it!
Hailing from Indonesia this banana dish is a great item for an iftar.