Planning an iftar party can be stressful. It’s never too early to get your food strategy in order to make sure all goes perfectly. And depending on the number of guests you’ve invited, you could find yourself in the kitchen all day preparing.
Ramadan is about family. It’s about reconnecting to Islam. It’s about charity.
It is absolutely not about cooking in the kitchen all day.
So that’s why I’ve come up with 3 easy to prepare iftar party foods to impress your guests, while taking less than 15 minutes each to prepare!
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If you’ve browsed the food blogs lately, you’d have seen charcuterie stealing the show.
So, what is it?
Charcuterie is an appetizer of meats, cheeses, nuts, fresh and dried fruits, crackers, and more. Basically, all of my favorite foods in one place.
The super simple way to create a charcuterie board, and the way I’ve done it, is to purchase visually appealing (and delicious) items from your local grocery store in a variety of colors, textures, and flavors. You may need to pay a visit to your local halal butcher for a variety of sliced meats. You’ll also need a beautiful board to display everything on. Don’t worry if you don’t have a marble board or something fancy because a wooden cutting board will look just as good and add a rustic vibe.
The following items will round out your charcuterie board nicely:
- Thin cured meats that are pre-sliced
- A hard cheese
- A soft cheese
- A spread, such as hummus or jam
- Dried fruits
- Fresh bread
- Nuts (be sure to check if any of your guests have a nut allergy)
And don’t forget the drinks that people will enjoy alongside the charcuterie board, I love something fizzy like Barbican or Perrier.
Finger foods are perfect for iftar because although your eyes want to eat everything, your tummy just can’t handle that much food. A charcuterie board is a great option to provide a variety of flavors and textures that everyone can enjoy. Another great idea are the hors d’oeuvres and Chicken Fries from Zabiha Halal, which is sure to satisfy the little and big kids alike!
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This traditional iftar food is common among South Asians around the world. It’s basically your typical fruit salad with a not-so-typical spice added to it called chaat masala.
My mom used to slice up fresh fruits to add to her chaat, but I like to keep things simple and mix some fresh fruits in with some canned fruits. There’s also the option of purchasing pre-cut fruits that come in those plastic trays at your local grocery store. The pieces in those will still be too big and will need to be cut down further.
All of this being said, this chaat is best prepared right before your guests arrive for maximum freshness.
The following items will provide a good mixture of textures and flavors to your chaat;
- Sliced apples
- Sliced bananas
- Whole grapes (or sliced in half)
- Sliced peaches
- Whole blueberries
- Sliced strawberries
- Sliced mangoes
- Pomegranate seeds
- Chaat masala (this is a mixture of garam masala, cumin, and more)
- Oranges or a little bit of orange juice
Fruit chaat is a fun way to get your daily serving of fruits when you’ve been fasting all day. Expert tip: serve the fruit chaat in individual portions to your guests and only make as much as you need. It doesn’t store well in the fridge so leftovers almost always have to be thrown away.
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It’s no surprise to break your fast with a date – whether you are in Canada or in Mecca. Enjoying dates is a tradition of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) so it would be shocking to NOT have dates as an iftar food.
I like to put a spin on traditional dates by serving them stuffed with a variety of contents.
- Roasted walnuts
This is another item where you’d want to ensure none of your guests have a food allergy to nuts.
Stuffed dates take literally seconds to prepare but if you serve them up on a gorgeous platter, they’ll look like a million bucks! I like to use medjool dates but if you’re in a hurry, use whatever you have in your home. Fun fact: did you know it’s sunnah (tradition) to have dates in your home all the time (not just Ramadan)?
If you’re really daring and want to go out on a limb, you can skip the nuts and instead try halal turkey bacon wrapped dates with cream cheese. It’s a spin on bacon wrapped dates, but just as delicious.
Planning an iftar party can be stressful but an easy way to take that stress away is by simplifying the meal. Ramadan isn’t about the food, it’s about the sharing, caring, and community that the food brings. I hope these 3 iftar party food ideas help make your ramadan that much more enjoyable and delicious.
Written by: Sudduf Wyne