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These iftar recipes are sure to fill you up!

After fasting from dawn to dusk, you deserve a meal fit for a king. Conclude your day with these mouthwatering rice recipes that will provide sustenance after the long day. Plus, these one-pot meals are easy to make in larger quantities and impress your loved at the iftar table.

Mutton Biryani
Here’s a dish with a cult following like no other. This one-pot meal gone gourmet features fragrant rice with tender meat cooked in aromatic spices. The meat and rice for the mutton biryani are first cooked separately. Once done, these items are layered in a handi (metal pot)—first the meat gravy then a layer of rice and then some crispy onions and saffron-milk mixture. The layering process is repeated a few times, depending on the quantity of meat and rice, and finished with rice as the top layer.

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Also read: The difference between kacchi and pakki biryani

Afghani Biryani
Now, there is no hard and fast way of making biryani; recipes have changed and evolved as it has travelled throughout the Indian subcontinent over the centuries. Take this Afghani rendition for instance, it contains walnuts, raisins, and aromatic herbs. Watch how to make the Afghani biryani in the video below:

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Masala Rice Biryani
Here’s a quick and easy-to-make rice dish for when you are running behind schedule or out of ideas to cook. LF host Zarine Khan shares her recipe of masala rice, which involves cooking rice with yogurt, tomatoes, onions, green chillies, and spices such as green cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves, and red chilli powder. What we particularly love in this masala rice biryani is the freshness added by freshly chopped mint and coriander leaves.

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Kheema Pulao
This is where two of our favourites—kheema and pulao—come together to create a mouthwatering rice preparation. In this kheema pulao recipe, minced chicken is cooked with onions, tomatoes, potatoes, and spices such as green and black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, black pepper, and a few others. Once ready, the pulao is garnished with onions, ginger juliennes, green chillies, and coriander. You can serve it with a side of yogurt kadhi or raita.

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Also Read: Ramzan-A Month of Fasting and Feasting

Chop Pulao
Another recipe from Khan, this hearty and comforting mutton chop pulao deserves to be the centerpiece of your Iftar feast. It involves cooking rice, potatoes, and mutton chops in some freshly ground green paste and meat stock with loads of butter. What we absolutely love here are the firm yet soft baby potatoes that are bursting with flavour, thanks to the mutton stock, green paste, and spices.

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Vegetable Biryani
Caught between the biryani vs pulao debate, this biryani recipe is a vegetarian’s delight. The recipe for this biryani is the same as the traditional meat-based biryani; however, this one uses mixed vegetables. One can prepare this either in a metal pot with lid or a pressure cooker, depending upon what’s available. A plus point of this recipe is that it can be ready within an hour—this includes preparation time too.

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