Ramadan has arrived again. It’s time to stretch your culinary muscles and prepare those famous and delicious Egyptian Iftar meals. Ramadan is a time of many gatherings in Egypt, including family reunions and Iftar parties. Ramadan brings people back together, even if they have been out of touch all year. They gather at the same table during Ramadan’s main meal: Iftar.
Egyptian cuisine has changed dramatically over the years. In Ramadan, and especially in the first few days, some traditional dishes are a staple on Egyptian Iftar tables. We’ll show you the culinary experience in Egyptian homes during the holy month of Ramadan every year.
Iftar Meal Courses
Ramadan Iftar differs from most Egyptian meals. People need to start eating at Iftar. Instead, they break their fast by having a Ramadan beverage or some dates.
The rest of the meals are served at the Iftar table. Ramadan Iftar tables always include at least one soup and carbohydrate, such as pasta, rice, etc. There are usually several of Egypt’s famed casseroles. The main course is typically a chicken, beef, or fish mixture.
Look at the dishes and platters of the alluring Egyptian Iftar table.
People usually break their fast by eating something sweet or light. There are some starter drinks and food that are served only during Ramadan.
Not just in Egypt but worldwide, dates are the most popular and traditional way to break a day’s fast. It is a religious practice based on the holy Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Dates are a great way to break a fast, and they’re also a healthy option. They provide a lot of energy and power, perfect for tired and dehydrated bodies. The dates are also a great appetizer to help prepare your stomach for a feast.
Khushaf, the Egyptian version of plain dates. This Egyptian-inspired drink contains dates as its main ingredient and various dried fruits like raisins, figs, and prunes. It is a mixture of nuts, including hazelnuts, almonds, and cashews. The appearance and taste of this nutritious and healthy drink will vary depending on each household’s preferences and customs. You can expect to receive a different cup or plate of Khushaf each time you’re invited to Iftar in an Egyptian home during Ramadan. It is indeed served on a cup and a plate.
- Qamar Al-Din
Qamar Al-Din is a Ramadan drink that has become popular in Egypt and all over the Arab World. Qamar al-Din is a drink made from dried and squeezed apricots sold and kept in plastic containers that get soaked in warm water, then chilled. Qamar al-Din, often made sweeter than usual, is a favorite of sweet-toothed people. Qamar al-Din, like many Ramadan-themed drinks, is a drink that can be consumed either before or after Iftar. It all depends on the individual.
The ancient Egyptian drink is made with coconut milk and honey or sugar. Some at home cause this old Egyptian drink, but it’s also sold in street carts around Ramadan. Sobia has a sweet taste with a concentrated coconut flavor. If you love coconuts, you will enjoy this drink.
- Liquorice Juice
It is interesting to know that Liquorice Juice dates back to ancient Egypt when Egyptians drank it to treat stomach ailments. This is why Liquorice was called the Royal Drink.
Initially, the Licorice Juice plant is found in Egypt and Syria. It is most famous in Egypt, served by street sellers and walking vendors.
This drink originated in India. It is made by mixing hibiscus with Tamarind pulp and soaking it in water. This drink is often served cold and is famous for Iftar or Ramadan. It helps to quench thirst.