Ramadan 2024: 6 Special Foods That You Can Make At Home
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Ramadan is one of the holy months Muslims most eagerly await, and it is spread all across the globe. Apart from the spiritual practice, it is a tradition that keeps families together in the hustle and bustle of life. Since people observe a day-long fast from dawn till dusk during the whole month of Ramadan, the foods they eat to break the fast bring the families closer.

Be it Suroor, the pre-dawn meal or Iftar, the extravagant evening dinner, or Ramadan special food, everyone should try at least once in their lives. From luscious kebabs to mouth-melting desserts like baklava and phirni, the treats are so meticulously made at each home that, yet again, the flavours keep the family bonded.


A platter filled with different types of kebabs is one of the first things you’d want to make to mark Ramadan. You can start by choosing from a wide range of base options like lamb, chicken, fish, or a mixture of vegetables for the kebab and marinate it in curd. Add your go-to spices to the curd, like red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt, etc. You can then shallow-fry or deep-fry circular-shaped kebabs to get a crispy texture. Finally, enjoy with a side of green chutney and celebrate the holy month.


Biryani is the staple dish for Ramadan. The diversity of Muslim communities makes different styles of biryani. Some people like to have pieces of chicken, some goat, and some even lamb meat for their usual biryani. The rich Ramazan special dish is made with Basmati rice and a lot of fragrant herbs and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and more. The centre dish is usually served with a sumptuous raita with a side of kebabs and chutney.


Haleem is a Ramdan special stew that is made during the festive month by almost every religious family. You can try to make it at home by slow-cooking your choice of meat, like beef or chicken. The marinated meat has to be added to soaked lentils, onions and your favourite spices. Then, let all the ingredients cook for several hours till you get a uniform and creamy gravy. Now, garnish with chopped cilantro and just a little lemon juice, and enjoy.

Shahi Tukda

Regarding desserts, shahi tukda is one of the most famous Ramadan desserts. This Mughal origin stands by the name “shahi,” which gives a royal touch to a feast. You can prepare your bowl of shahi tukda by taking some loaves of bread, cutting them into equal squares, and deep frying them. In the meantime, you can prepare some thickened milk infused with sugar, rose water, and cardamom. Then, soak the fried bread pieces in the milk, garnish with saffron, and take a taste of this mouth-melting dessert.


Originating from the Middle East, baklava has its own special place on the Ramadan table. You can make this dessert that has a crunchy exterior and a rich filling of nuts on the inside on the occasion of Ramadan. It can be made with layers of phyllo dough mixed with a rich filling of nuts and butter. You can make the filling with chopped dry fruits like walnuts and pistachio mixed with honey, sugar syrup, and rose water. As the last step, transfer the contents into a baking tray and bake till you get a crunchy and golden brown baklava to relish.


Phirni is a milk-based Ramadan special food that is traditionally made in India and other Asian countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. To make this delicacy at home, you’ll need to soak rice in milk for about half an hour. Then, cook the milk mixture with powdered sugar and your go-to flavour-enhancing herbs and spices like cardamom and saffron till you get a custard-like texture. Let the thickened phirni set for a few hours, garnish with chopped dry fruits and nuts and enjoy the mouth-drooling dessert.