17 (-Middle Eastern-)

List by: anika854, created: 03 Apr 2018, updated: 11 Jun 2020 Public: Users can add dishes

In the Arab world, certain dishes remain exclusive to Ramadan. We hardly see, smell or taste them outside the holy month.

For those who are not familiar with “Ramadan only” specialties, we give you this tantalizing list of some of the most popular iftar dishes from 10 different Arab countries.

1. Harees

Jareesh, Jereesh Areesa, Harissa (-Middle Eastern-) (Saudi Arabian) (Yemeni)

Harees is an ancient dish made of meat and wheat. The wheat-based preparation is mixed with pounded meat and cooked till it reaches the consistency of a porridge. The most common meats used are lamb or chicken. Harees is especially consumed in the month of Ramadan.

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2. Samosa

Samoosa (Indian)

Samosa is a fried or baked pastry with savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and sometimes ground lamb, ground beef or ground chicken. They may or may not also contain pine nuts.

The samosa originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa) prior to the 10th century. They were introduced to South Asia (India, Pakistan) during the Muslim Delhi Sultanate when cooks from Middle East and Central Asia migrated to work in the kitchens …

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3. Fattoush

fattush, fatush, fattoosh, and fattouche (Lebanese)

This is a bread salad made from toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens and other vegetables, such as radishes and tomatoes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…

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4. Arseeyah

Erseeyah (Omani)

This rich and hearty dish is considered one of the most traditional dishes in Oman and is especially popular during Ramadan, Eid and at weddings. To make this dish, you need chicken, meat or fish mashed well with rice, spices and a dash of spicy sauce.

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5. Harira


Harira is a Moroccan traditional soup. It is popular as a starter but is also eaten on its own as a light snack.

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6. Fatteh

(-Middle Eastern-)

Is known to be a very peculiar and ancient dish of the Egyptian and Southern Levant area, an area that comprises Damascus, Beirut, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories while being mostly unknown and unheard in the Northern Levant.It consisting of pieces of fresh, toasted, or stale flatbread covered with other ingredients.
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7. Ful Medames

Foul Meddamas, Ful Mudammas, Foule Mudammes (Egyptian) (Lebanese) (-Middle Eastern-) (...)

Dish of cooked fava beans served with vegetable oil, cumin, and optionally with chopped parsley, garlic, onion, lemon juice and chili pepper. It is a staple meal in Egypt, especially in the northern cites of Cairo and Gizah. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F…

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8. Aseed


It is a Yemeni delicacy. It is a meal, using only boiled water, flour, and some salt. Typically it is smothered in gravy.

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9. Jalebi

Jilbi, Jilipi, Jilapi (Bangladeshi) (Indian) (Nepalese) (...)

It is also known as Zulbia, is a sweet popular in countries of South Asia, West Asia, North Africa, and East Africa. It is made by deep-frying Maida flour ,batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. They are particularly popular in South Asia during Ramadan and Diwali.

The sweets are served warm or cold. They have a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating. Citric acid or lime juice is sometimes added …

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10. Nuaimiah

Nuaimiyah (Sudanese)

This unique dish is a must-have on iftar tables if you come from Sudan. It is a soup like a dish that consists of many components including dried onions, minced meat, crush peanuts, tomato sauce, flour, spices and a large portion of laban or yogurt.

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11. Luqaimat

Luquimat, لقيمات- (Egyptian) (Lebanese) (Syrian)

Luqaimat is an Arab snack or dessert in the form of a dumpling. It is one of the popular desserts made for Holy Ramadan.

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12. Kolak


Kolak is a very popular opening dish during Ramadhan because of its super sweet taste, and is highly recommended to increase blood sugar level after long hours of fasting. It is a brew of coconut milk, mixed with palm sugar, vanilla, pandanus leave, and filled with appealing slices of banana, sweet potatoes and optional pumpkins.

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13. Bubur Sumsum


Bubur Sumsum is an Indonesian dish made of Indonesian rice flour, and black sticky rice porridge, served with palm sugar sauce & coconut milk, garnish with pandan leaf in a bright bowl. Usually served as iftar food during Ramadan.

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14. Kolak Biji Salek


Kolak Biji Salak, Indonesian dessert, sweet potato balls in palm sugar syrup with coconut milk. Popular food for breaking the fast during Ramadan.

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15. Bubur Sagu Mutiara


Bubur Sagu Mutiara is is porridge made from boiled sago grains. Sugar, pandan leaves, and coconut milk are added. This porridge is a special dish in the month of Ramadan.

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16. Sotong Pangkong


Sotong Pangkong is made from dried cuttlefish (sotong means cuttlefish), that is grilled over a charcoal fire. After grilling, it will get pounded or beaten to make it more tender and chewable. This savory sotong pangkong is served with two kinds of sauces: shrimp sauce and peanut sauce. If you happen to be in Pontianak during Ramadhan, this delicious, mouthwatering dish can be found along Jalan Merdeka.

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17. Fatta

(Egyptian) (Palestinian)

Fatta is an Egyptian famous dish that is mostly eaten during Ramadan. It is also eaten by Palestine people. It is made with beef, herbs, vegetables, spices, and commonly served with side dishes like rice and bread.

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