Iftar refers to the meal that is consumed at the end of evening prayers to mark the breaking of the day’s fast. Many families are often flooded with Iftar party invitations as it not only marks the break in fast but also symbolises family and community togetherness. Though hosting Iftar often creates beautiful moments of bonding between friends and family, it can be a daunting task for most hosts.
In order to host a brilliant Iftar party to boost your RSVP rate, consider giving traditional recipes a modern spin and create a more inclusive menu that your guests can indulge in. The staple dishes usually served at most Iftar parties are often chicken samosas, mutton biryani, lamb kofta and haleem. If you’re looking to become the star of Iftar, consider abiding by a few menu guidelines to make your party stand out from the rest. Since Iftar parties often cater to a large number of guests, the best option would be to opt for a buffet style of arrangement rather than single handedly serving each guest at the table. Here are some delicious dishes you can serve for your next Iftar party:
Surprise your guests with a flavourful treat from North India, an authentic Mutton Bhuna Gosht curry which is sure to impress your party guests and have them tugging at your apron for the recipe! With a flavour range from tangy to spicy to complement the tender meat, naans and rice have found the perfect accompaniment.
Serving tip: Serve hot with rice laced with cumin seeds and salt.
Definitely a favourite during the monsoon season but a popular favourite while breaking the day’s fast, Kheema Samosas serve as multifaceted dishes as they can be the perfect snack or a meal in itself. These golden treats are sure to tempt your guests into binging, but make sure they save room for the main course!
Serving tip: Samosas taste best served with a yoghurt dip garnished with coriander.
Kaghzi kebabs offer a delicate balance between kalmi kebabas and traditional tandoori kebabs that is often difficult to recreate. With succulent chicken drumsticks marinated in an array of spices and condiments, these kebabs are sure to be a conversation starter at your Iftar party!
Serving tip: The kebabs taste best when served with chutney (mint, chilli, garlic and sesame seeds)
Cutlets have long been a popular snack at parties as they offer such a versatile range of flavours to your palette. Enjoy the fried minced chicken treats that are shami kebabs as they pack a flavourful punch with notes of ginger, green chilli and garlic.
Serving tip: Serve the kebabs hot with a chutney of your choice.
Apart from blessings of peace, prosperity and forgiveness, another blessing of Ramadan the food that is prepared for every Iftar. Feel free to add your own twist to these classic Ramadan dishes to personalise your Iftar menu further.