Ah, the Iftar parties of Ramadan: a time to celebrate with family and friends over delicious, traditional snacks. But let’s face it, life can get busy during this holy month trying to balance work, fasting, and family life – which doesn’t always leave much room for complex snack preparations!
That’s why we’ve collected some fun and easy recipes that fit the spirit of Ramadan but won’t take hours in the kitchen – perfect for when you need quick and tasty snacks for your Iftar party. So gather up your ingredients, because these easy snacks for Iftar as part of your Ramadan recipes that are sure to remove any stress from your cooking routine as you prepare them with love.
Getting ready for an evening of family and friends doesn’t have to be overwhelming! We’ve got a list of delicious and easy Iftar snack recipes that take minimal effort but provide maximum flavor.
What is Iftar?
For those observing Ramadan, Iftar is a celebration to end each day of fasting. Families gather together for food and fellowship after the sun sets, and this meal is known as Iftar.
Once the sun sets, fasting is typically broken by eating dates and drinking water or a smoothie, followed by small snacks until the main meal of the night is served.
11 Fun and Easy Snacks for an Iftar Party
From homemade hummus to meat-stuffed pitas, these simple snacks are sure to leave your guests asking for seconds. So let’s get started!
A charcuterie board is basically a large platter of food that is meant for sharing and snacking. The components are simple - meat, cheese and then any variety of savory or sweet treats. The options are endless and you can mix and match ingredients throughout the month of Ramadan.
Arayes is a popular Middle Eastern dish that consists of pita bread filled with spiced minced meat and onions. The bread is then grilled or baked until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It can be served with tahini sauce, hummus or other dips, making it an ideal Iftar snack that appeals to both adults and children. Arayes is easy to make and a great way to use up leftovers or just to whip up a quick snack for unexpected guests.
The most popular and possibly most authentic Moroccan drink you can have is the avocado smoothie. During Ramadan there are avocados in the millions filling carts on the street, waiting to be blended into post-fasting drinks.
Avocado smoothies are a delicious and healthy way to enjoy the creamy goodness of avocados. They can be made by blending together ripe avocados, honey, milk and other add-ins like fruits or nuts. Avocado smoothies have a rich, creamy texture that is similar to an ice cream shake, but with all the nutritional benefits of an avocado. They are packed with healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals that make them a great way to end your fast.. Not only are they delicious and nutritious, but they can also help you stay full for longer.
Homemade hummus is totally worth making, especially as a snack on the Iftar party table spread. It’s so versatile, and can easily be paired with fresh pita, pita chips and even veggies. This is a solid, go-to recipe that you can tweak by adding your own favorite seasonings when you are ready to mix things up a bit.
Another great dip to serve with pita is labneh. This is a traditional Middle Eastern snack that consists of labneh (a thick, creamy soft cheese) mixed with zaatar, which is a mixture of herbs and spices. It can be served as either an appetizer or a main course, depending on how it is prepared. The flavourful combination of the creamy labneh and the fragrant herbs and spices make this dish truly unique and delicious. It can be enjoyed warm or cold and makes for an easy yet satisfying Iftar snack.
These have become a staple in my fridge and on most every party table. I think you’ll agree once you give them a try. With just a few spices and some fresh olives, you’ll have the flavors of the souk on your Iftar snack table.
These sandwiches make for a delicious and more filling vegetarian option on your Iftar snack table and they are easy to throw together. Make the batbout bread ahead of time (or buy it), then simply stuff the bread with the carrot mixture on the day you serve. Using fresh veggies is always a great way to start your Iftar celebrations!
Chickpeas are incredibly healthy and filling, making them a nutritious option after fasting all day. This chickpea salad comes together in less than 10 minutes and is loaded with veggies and spices. It’s great to eat as is, rolled up in a wrap or pita, or paired with a meat skewer.
This year, don’t stress about your Iftar party. Instead, keep it simple with these fun and easy snacks that are sure to please your guests without taking hours to prepare.
Get planning and enjoy your hassle-free Iftar party this season! What snacks will you be serving on your Iftar snack table this year?
More Iftar Ideas to Help You Plan
If you’re looking for inspiration or ideas for other Ramadan recipes, look no further! Try some of these ideas!