Looking for some inspiration to make delicious and healthy meals during the holy month of Ramadan? Whether celebrating yourself or cooking for your family, these easy and tasty recipe ideas are perfect for Suhoor and Iftar.

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Explore a variety of Pakistani and Indian recipes to mix up your Ramadan menu. From fragrant biryanis to spicy curries, these dishes will surely add some excitement to your meals.

For morning meals (Suhoor), keep it simple and light! Try a cool yogurt dip or a chickpea salad that’s easy on the stomach. Then, when the stars come out, and it’s Iftar time, try yummy curries, fluffy rice, and crispy samosas. Don’t forget dessert – end your meal with melt-in-your-mouth kheer or a creamy sheer khurma with nuts and spices.

Need more options? Don’t worry; I have gathered a variety of recipes for everyone.

What is Ramadan?

Muslims all over the world observe Ramadan, a holy month during which they fast from sunrise to sunset, as a form of worship and self-control. It is a time for reflection, prayer, and giving to those in need.

The meals consumed before sunrise (Suhoor) and after sunset (Iftar) are important moments of breaking the fast and coming together as a community. 

Suhoor Recipes

Breakfast Recipes

Date Fig Smoothie

Fig smoothie with some figs lying beside the glass

A sweet and creamy Fig Smoothie made with fresh figs, dates, and almond butter is a healthy and decadent treat to start your morning right! 

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Banana Oatmeal

2 glass jar with Chocolate Chip Banana Overnight Oats topped with banana and chocolate chips

For a delicious breakfast, make these quick Chocolate Chip Banana overnight oats with bananas, rolled oats, chia seeds, and chocolate chips. If prepared the night before, they are ideal for Suhoor.

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Egg Bhurji

Egg bhurji served in a plate with bread

Egg bhurji is the desi twist to scrambled eggs. Packed with the right amount of flavor and spice, these delicious Indian scrambled eggs are perfect for any meal of the day!

Get the Egg Bhurji recipe.

Avocado Smoothie

Avocado smoothie

This creamy, delectable avocado banana smoothie is a must-try! It is full of healthy fats and has a wonderful creamy, thick texture, which keeps you full for a long time.

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Kala Chana Chaat

Kala Chana Chaat. Black Chickpea Salad in a bowl with avocado, tomato, onion, mint and lime pieces

This nutrition-packed Black Chickpea Salad is made with black chickpeas, crunchy onions, tomatoes, avocado, and spices. It has fresh and tangy flavors and can be enjoyed as a great protein-rich breakfast. 

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Iftar Recipes


Veg Pakora

Air fryer onion pakora in white plate

The crispy and golden Air Fryer Pakoras are cooked to perfection! These Air fried onion bhajis are made with sliced onions, gram flour (besan), and spices. These crunchy, flavorful fritters are a perfect snack with a cup of masala chai!

Get the Pakora recipe.

Chicken Pakora

Crispy chicken pakoras in a bowl garnished wit sliced onions and lime wedges.

Learn how to make chicken pakoras with this easy recipe for the perfect crispy results. Marinated chicken pieces are coated in gram flour and then fried (or air-fried) to make golden and crispy pakoras.

Get the Chicken Pakora recipe.


Air Fried Frozen Samosa in a plate served with chutneys

Air fried samosas are a quick and easy appetizer! Simply place the frozen samosas in the air fryer or oven and when done, serve with your favorite dip or chutney.

Get the Samosa recipe.

Aloo Vada

Air Fryer Vada Pav in a red bowl

Vada Pav is the humble street food of Mumbai. A fried potato fritter, or vada, is stuffed in between mini-burger buns called pav, along with sweet and spicy sauces or chutney. 

Get the Aloo Vada recipe.

Dahi Bhalla

Dahi Vada in a green bowl topped with tamarind and green chutney

This favorite Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla recipe has the softest lentil fritters drenched in creamy yogurt and topped with sweet and spicy chutneys. This popular Indian street food is loved by all and is a perfect inclusion to any festive menu!

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Chickpea Salad

Chickpea salad on a plate

This Chickpea Salad is a healthy, vegan, protein-rich salad that can be assembled in just 10 minutes. Chickpeas are combined with fresh veggies flavored with Indian spices and tangy lemon juice.

Get the Chickpea Salad recipe.

Fruit Chaat

Indian style Fruit chaat served in bowls

Fruit Chaat is a famous fruit salad from the Indian subcontinent made with fresh fruits tossed in a tangy-spicy dressing! This refreshing chaat is perfect to enjoy when breaking the fast.

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Main Course

Chili Chicken

Crispy Saucy Chilli Chicken piece in chopsticks

Make restaurant-style Chili Chicken at home with this easy recipe. I would describe this Chili Chicken as crispy and flavorful. Boneless chicken is marinated in flavorful sauces and fried until crispy; it is stir-fried with lots of ginger, garlic, onions, bell peppers, and sauces.

Get the Chili Chicken recipe.

Chicken Biryani

chicken biryani served on a plate garnished with cilantro, onions and lime

This Instant Pot Chicken Biryani has fragrant rice cooked with tender, juicy chicken, lots of warming spices, and caramelized onions. This Indian chicken and rice dish is popular all over the world. This one-pot version made in a pressure cooker is easy to make, even on busy weeknights, in less than an hour.

Get the Chicken Biryani recipe.

Yakhni Pulao

Yakhni Pulao Recipe ready to eat

Mutton Yakhni Pulao combines tender mutton with fragrant basmati rice to create a flavorsome and comforting meal. This delightful Mutton Pulao recipe from the Awadh or Lucknow region in India is served during celebrations, including the holy month of Ramadan and the Eid festival.

Get the Yakhni Pulao recipe.

Keema Biryani

Keema Pulao in a black plate

Keema pulao, also known as keema rice or keema biryani, is a delightful and aromatic one-pot meal that combines succulent minced meat with fragrant basmati rice. This flavorful gluten-free rice dish is perfect for a weeknight dinner with cooling raita and salad.

Get the Keema Rice recipe.

Chicken Karahi

Chicken Karahi with green chili in a plate

Chicken Karahi is a flavorful and aromatic Pakistani chicken curry dish made with chicken, earthy spices, and fresh ginger. This restaurant-style chicken curry is so good that you’ll want to dig in and relish every last bite!

Get the Chicken Karahi recipe.


Keema Matar with peas in a plate

Keema Curry is one of the most popular Indian & Pakistani dishes made with ground meat. It is an easy one-pot dish that can be made in just 30 minutes. Keema or minced meat is cooked with onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, and aromatic spices to make the most flavorful Keema Matar that the whole family will love. 

Get the Keema recipe.

Aloo Gosht

Pakistani Aloo Gosht recipe with lemon slide on the side

This delightful Aloo Gosht is made with goat meat (or lamb), and potatoes simmered in a fragrant blend of spices. This easy, authentic, one-pot recipe makes tender, flavorful lamb and potato curry you will fall in love with!

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Salmon Tikka Masala

Instant Pot Salmon Tikka Masala served over basmati rice

Tikka masala combines two iconic Indian dishes: makhani and tandoori. It is essentially tandoori-spiced meat in a makhani sauce. You will love this salmon tikka masala. A splash of heavy cream rounds out this sharp and spicy curry.

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Kebab Recipes

Shami Kebab

shami kebab in a plate
Photo Credit: Sinfully Spicy

Shami Kebab are pan-fried minced meat (mutton, lamb, or beef) patties with a beautiful texture- they are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. These kebabs are made by boiling & grinding together meat with chana dal (Bengal gram lentils), whole spices, onion, ginger, and garlic.

Get the Shami Kebab recipe.

Aloo Tikki

Aloo tikka chaat in a white plate
Photo Credit: Honey, What’s Cooking

Aloo Tikki Chaat is a famous Indian Street Food. A crispy Indian potato patty flavored with spices and topped with yogurt and chutneys.

Get the Aloo Tikki recipe.

Seekh kebab

Chicken seekh kebab in a plate with rice, tomato, lime and chili peppers
Photo Credit: Honey, What’s Cooking

Indian-style chicken Seekh Kebab is ground chicken seasoned with aromatic spices and then grilled. These delicious kebabs are served with rice, roasted veggies, green chutney, and raita.

Get the Seekh Kebab recipe.

Chicken Kebab

Chicken Tikka Kebab garnished with onions and green chutney on side

Chicken Tikka Kebab is a delicious appetizer that is packed with flavor. It starts with chicken pieces marinated in yogurt along with lime juice and aromatic spices, then threaded onto skewers and cooked to create a delicious appetizer. Make it in the air fryer or oven to serve at the gathering, or include it in your meal prep for the week! 

Get the Chicken Kebab recipe.

Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Chana Pulao

Chana Pulao with curd and Cilantro leaves

Chana Pulao, also called Chickpea Biryani, is an easy, flavorful recipe perfect for weeknights. With just 10 minutes of prep time, this one-pot pulao can be made in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop.

Get the Chana Pulao recipe.

Vegetable Korma

Vegetable Korma served with rice in a bowl

Easy & Creamy Vegetable Korma is made in an Instant Pot or stovetop. This restaurant-style creamy vegetable korma curry is a perfect blend of vegetables with a creamy coconut-based sauce. A vegan & gluten-free curry that pairs perfectly with naan or rice.

Get the Veg Korma recipe.

Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani made in the instant pot, served in a earthen pot with some brown rice and spices in the back

Authentic Punjabi Dal Makhani (Madras Lentils) made in a Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot. This restaurant-style Dal Makhani made in the pressure cooker is rich, creamy, and flavorful. 

Get the Dal Makhani recipe.

Chana Masala

Chana Masala (Chickpea curry) served in a black bowl

Punjabi Chole Masala is an Indian favorite chickpea curry. This one-pot recipe for authentic Chana Masala can be made in the Instant Pot or stovetop Pressure Cooker. It is a healthy, protein-rich vegan and gluten-free chickpea recipe.

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Aloo Baingan

Aloo baingan in a white bowl

Aloo Baingan Masala is an easy one-pot curry made with potatoes, eggplants, and aromatic spices in an instant pot or stovetop. A vegan and gluten-free Potato & Eggplant Curry that is a perfect side with roti, naan, or parathas

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Aloo Gobi

Indian Roasted Aloo Gobi (Potatoes and Cauliflower) in a bowl

This Roasted Aloo Gobi is so good! Toss cauliflower and potatoes in spices and roast in the air fryer or oven, and you have the perfect Indian veggie dish. There is no mushy cauliflower, and it takes less than 20 minutes to put it together!

Get the Aloo Gobi recipe.


kadhi ready in a pan with a wooden laddle

Punjabi Kadhi Pakora is a comfort food from North India, in which crispy pakoras (onion-gram flour fritters) are dipped in a tangy and thick yogurt soup (kadhi), topped with an aromatic tempering.

Get the Kadhi Pakora recipe.



Sweet lassi garnished with dried rose petals

This popular homemade sweet lassi is a refreshing, creamy, and cooling drink for summer. Made with a blend of yogurt, sugar, and cardamom, it perfectly complements the spices in Indian food.

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Mango Lassi

Mango lassi in a glass

Fresh Mango Lassi, made with just a few ingredients, is creamy and refreshing. This Mango Lassi, a favorite at Indian restaurants, can be easily made at home in no time! 

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Masala Chai

Two cups of tea with toast on the side

A warm cup of authentic Indian Masala Chai, prepared with aromatic spices and ginger, to refresh and brighten your morning! 

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shikanji nimbu pani in 2 glasses garnished with mint leaves

This homemade Indian lemonade, also known as Shikanji or Nimbu Pani, is refreshing and flavorful and helps beat the summer heat. Made with lime juice, sugar, water, and spices, it can be served at any time of the day.

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Sooji Halwa

Sooji Halwa - Semolina Pudding served in 2 bowls topped with nuts and saffron

Suji Ka Halwa is a simple semolina pudding made with semolina, sugar, and ghee. It tastes divine and takes just 20 minutes to prepare.

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Kheer made in instant pot served in a wooden bowl.

A favorite dessert for special occasions – Rice pudding made with rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom and assorted dried fruits. 

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Sheer Khurma

Sheer Khurma Eid Dessert in a white bowl

Sheer khurma is a luscious, rich, and creamy dessert made with vermicelli cooked with milk and dried dates and adorned with nuts and rose petals. It is a must-have dessert for the festival of Eid. Try this easy recipe for delicious Sheer Khurma!

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Zarda. Meethe Chawal. Sweet Rice in Instant Pot

Meethe Chawal, or Zarda Rice, is a sweet and rich rice preparation loaded with dry fruits, sugar, and ghee. This aromatic, sweet, saffron-flavored rice is a royal dessert made on special occasions and festivals. 

Get the Zarda recipe.

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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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