A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Vegetarian? Don’t worry these Ramzan recipes will save the day

Annabelle D’Costa

Like any other festival in India, food takes centerstage at the time of Ramzan, the holy month according to Islam. Each day of the month has a routine: a pre-dawn meal followed by fast or roza from sunrise to sunset leading to breaking of the fast at sunset. Before morning prayers, it is common to indulge in suhoor or sehri, a heavy breakfast to help one get through the day. At sundown the fast is broken—Iftar—a community affair where the whole family gets together to partake in a meal.

Traditional Iftari food includes energy-giving dates, sweetmeats and seviyan kheer or vermicelli pudding. However, in recent times, Iftar meals have evolved into a time for feasting, with dinner tables groaning under the weight of a lavish biryanis and mouth-watering kebabs. Barely ever any heed is paid to those who choose to abstain from meat or have turned vegetarian-vegan. That's why we worked extra hard to bring you some vegetarian recipes which are not only super simple, but also score high on taste and nutrition.

Also Read: Ramzan-A Month of Fasting and Feasting

Moong Dal Khichdi

You cannot go wrong with a bowl of khichdi, its wholesome and comforting. The combination of rice, dal and turmeric provide one with carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fibre, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, thereby making it a great Iftar meal.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Dudhi Dalcha

Typically made with mutton and chana dal, and flavoured with an assortment of spices, the dalcha comes from the land of the Nawabs, Hyderabad. The vegetarian rendition of the dalcha sees dudhi or bottle gourd playing hero. This veggie is a rich source of iron, protein and also fibre, all of which can help prevent constipation and other digestive disorders. 
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Turai Bhaji

Often looked down upon, the turai or ridge gourd is actually rich in dietary fibre and a good source of vitamin-C, zinc, iron, riboflavin, magnesium, thiamine and traces of other minerals. Apart from being low in saturated fat, cholesterol and calories, the turai could be your best aid this summer, thanks to its cooling properties. Give this turai bhaji recipe a try and your body will thank you! 
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Aloo Matar

Make aloo matar the standout dish of your Iftar table. Potatoes, the backbone of the classic aloo matar recipe, provide the right amount of energy while green peas are loaded with proteins, vitamins A, K, folate and C, potassium and antioxidants. These nutrients and antioxidants, too, support blood sugar control.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Baghare Baingan

Juicy tender brinjal or eggplants stuffed with spices and soaked in a thick gravy of ground peanuts and coconut masala makes for is a perfect accompaniment with rice or any Indian bread. This popular Hyderabadi vegetarian dish is known for its richness and a surprising medley of flavours. 
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Aloo Bharta

Flavourful and fiery mashed potatoes seasoned with mustard seeds, onions, and red chilies, aloo bharta is the perfect example of comfort food. Made with minimal spices and easy to make, there’s no reason why this aloo bharta shouldn’t be a regular feature on your Iftar table! You could take a traditional approach and serve your aloo bharta with steamed rice and some dal or maybe as a twist.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Masala Rice Biryani

An easy one pot meal that’s ready in a jiffy will come in handy when putting up an impromptu Iftar spread. This veg biryani is both nutritious and delicious, thanks to the goodness of veggies. You can add whatever veggies you have at hand; don’t forget to add onions, coriander leaves, mint leaves, tomatoes, rice, yoghurt and a few other spices, for flavour and aroma. In case of some non-veg craving, don’t forget to these biryani recipes a try.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Aloo Chakna

This aloo chakna sabzi recipe is a great way to add some zing to your Iftar meal. While the spice in this dish can be controlled, the flavours will continue to be strong making it a sure-hit with the family. The dish tends to thicken as it cools, so be sure to serve it while it's still quite warm.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Kararey Bhindi Aloo

Give your Iftar meal a crunchy twist with this karare bhindi aloo recipe that’s ready in 30 minutes. All you need to do is de-seed the okra or ladyfingers, fill them with some masalas and then fry or bake instead for a healthier spin. Not liked by all, the ladyfinger actually boasts of nutritional benefits such as controlling blood sugar, lowering cholesterol levels and is also low in calories. Ladyfingers are also known to improve skin and vision health when consumed in moderation on a regular basis.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

Sukha Karela

Karela and delicious? Yes, with this sukha karela recipe, the humble bitter gourd gets a makeover. While we already know of the health benefits of this green veggie, there’s no reason why it can’t be part of the Iftar tables. Made with only five ingredients, all you need is 30-minutes in the kitchen. Enjoy this super-nutritious sabzi either for sehri or iftar, and power through your day like a bawse.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal


This buttery dal has ingredients such as yoghurt, saffron and ginger juice is a meal in itself. If not, pour the dal over plate of steamed rice and treat yourself to a simple yet satisfying meal of dal chawal. Easy to digest and to cook, this arhar dal recipe is a no-brainer and can be mastered by both kitchen first-timers and amateurs.
A Vegetarian’s Guide to a Fulfilling Iftar Meal

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