The Best Iftar Party Menu Ideas To Enjoy During Ramadan

-This post was edited on June 20th 2018-

Ramadan is a holy month that brings joy and happiness to many Muslims all around the world. It is a month of fasting and soul discovery that takes you on a lovely journey of physical and mental resilience. Ramadan is also characterized by an abundance of food. At the time of Iftar, the whole family gathers around a merry table and feasts on wonderful meals after a day full of hunger and thirst. We have prepared a set of starters, mains, and desserts that you can mix and match for your next celebration. Have a look at our Iftar party menu ideas!

The Best Iftar Party Menu Ideas To Enjoy During Ramadan

When it is time to host a big party for friends and family (and let’s face it, Ramadan is a time for big gatherings), it’s usually a good idea to serve buffet style snacks and dishes rather than seat everyone by the table. People will be able to move around, mingle and also digest the generous food offerings (it’s a win-win-win situation). The added bonus is that you will also be able to enjoy the company of your friends as a host without the hassle of taking care of everyone’s food requests. 

The Best Iftar Party Menu Ideas To Enjoy During Ramadan

Starters For an Iftar Party Menu

A good selection of starters will go a long way as it sets the stage for the wonderful meal that you have in store for your guests. The role of starters is to guarantee an appetizing culinary journey from the get-go, and boy do we have some amazing selections for you to try:

  • Grilled eggplant topped with yogurt


    These light-weight and heavenly morsels will surely keep your guests coming for more. The texture and the coolness of the yogurt will surely compliment the smokey taste of the grilled eggplants. Imagine it as the healthiest and classiest alternative for chips and dip if you will. 

  • Filo fingers with lamb

    filo pastries

    Speaking of dips, how about you impress everyone with this one of a kind delicacy. The lamb is slow cooked to perfection and hugged gently by the crisp and light dough. The crunchiness of these triangles of joy goes amazingly well with a small bowl of sour cream.

  • Okra with tomatoes


    This dish is full of complementary vegetables that bring out a unique and synergized taste. What it lacks for, in presentation, it more than makes up for in deliciousness. This dish is a joyful gathering of tomatoes, okra leaves, onions and peppers that will invigorate all of your senses

  • Tabbouleh


    This zesty and delicious Lebanese salad will surely steal the show. It is seasoned to perfection and will definitely excite everyone who tries it. It is also packed with antioxidants and brilliant nutrients that will surely keep you feeling light at the end of the evening.

  • Samosas


    Those golden morsels of deliciousness will melt in your mouth as they deliver an unparalleled surge of wonderful cheesy perfection. (you think this description was cheesy? Well wait until you try them!)

  • Moroccan cooked pepper salad

    pepper salad

    What? a cooked salad? How could that be? Well, this Mediterranean piece of culinary art will surely make you drool. Cooking the vegetables in virgin olive oil will release a wonderful and captivating taste that will ignite all the senses.

  • Baba ganoush

    baba ganoush

    Baba Ganoosh is a staple of Levantine cuisine. The creamy texture of the battered eggplant is indeed a mouth-watering treat. This dish is served with Pita bread for maximum eating joy. You will surely be taken on a lovely oriental journey of culinary excellence.

  • Hummus


    This is the ace of aces, the all-time champion and the king of all dips. Hummus has been a staple of Levantine cuisine for centuries. Hummus goes with everything (literally everything) you can dip chips, carrots or cucumbers (I once even dipped a chocolate bar in it!). This versatile treat is a wonderful addition to all your parties. The rich texture of the chickpeas adds a poignant yet adaptable flavor to everything that gets dipped in it.

  • Beetroot and chickpeas cutlets

    chickpeas balls

    These golden balls of joy are a wonderful mixture of chickpeas and beetroot, molded together in an oval shape and gently fried to perfection. This gives the outer layer a crunchiness that contrasts with the soft and delicious filling.

  • Eggplant moussaka


A great assortment of starters will get you far! Usually, they require fewer ingredients and less cooking time than main meals but at a buffet party, they create a feeling of a vast variety of dishes. It is a great idea to choose more appetizers than mains and desserts for your Iftar table.

Mains For Iftar Party Menu

To serve mains at your buffet party, you can either serve them in smaller bite size portions so your guests can enjoy them even if they are walking around the room and talking with others. Or, you can also leave them in bigger containers that are heated. That way the food will remain fresh and warm all through the night. However for the latter your guests will most likely need a place to sit as well as a set of cutlery and a proper plate. In my opinion, this is a better idea if you are hosting your party in a big venue.

  • Morrocan lentil soup

    lentil soup

    This rich bowl of goodness is indeed a warm journey through a myriad of tastes. The lentils are packed with iron and dietary fibers. Which is exactly what everyone needs to maintain a healthy digestive system during Ramadan. The nutritional benefits aside, this bowl is truly a sensory experience. It feels like a warm and deep hug.

  • Pomegranate stew with chicken 

    chicken stew

    This stew is a great fusion dish. It combines the complimentary tastes of chicken with the concentrated syrup of pomegranates. This combination is a marriage made in heaven as the mildly sweet pomegranates bring out the very pronounced and unique flavor of the chicken. This one is guaranteed to raise some eyebrows and it is, surprisingly, very easy to make.

  • Lamb Tagine


    This Moroccan delicacy is a slow-cooked symphony of epic proportions. The lamb is marinated in a plethora of exotic herbs and it is very slowly cooked in a casserole filled with a rich broth (Tagine is actually the Moroccan word for casserole). The result is a tender meat that melts in your mouth with a burst of flavor.

  • Chicken Jalfrezi


    This beautiful dish is made with chicken that is marinated to perfection in a hearty bowl of joy. The Jalfrezi is stuffed with nutrients and is a very thick paste that needs a lot of bread to be enjoyed to its fullest potential.

  • Chicken Dum Biryani


    This rice dish is a very healthy mix of proteins, fibers and, dietary fibers. It delivers a great boost of energy and nutritional value.

  • Chicken Kebabs


    Nothing says party more than the sizzle of a well-seasoned chicken being slowly grilled on burning coals. Kebab is the best by-the-fire treat out there as everyone can be around it twisting the skewers and enjoying the meat.

  • Fish Tikka


    Fish Tikka is a must for a healthy diet as it is packed with amino acids and other healthy fats. If you make it with salmon, however, you will gain extra health bonus points.

  • Stuffed baby zucchini and wine leaves with lamb chops


    Lamb chops are a classic addition to every gathering. There is something about the tenderness of the meat and the texture of the chops that make it very enjoyable in a group setting. add vine leaves for flavor and zucchini for a touch of sophistication and you have an unforgettable meal. If you want to try the most professionally made Lamb ever check out our very own Chef Greg 

  • Lamb kofta


    Kofta sizzles on an open flame after marinating in a lovely oriental mix of herbs. This is a joyful dish that drips with nutrition and the happiness 0f eating.

Desserts For Iftar Party Menu

Last but not least are the desserts! I think the tip for serving the desserts is the exact opposite of serving the appetizers. Because they are eaten last and most of your guests will be a bit full of the savory foods it will be plenty to make just two desserts, even for a big party. Also, take into consideration that the majority of people will not eat as many sweet things as they do savory. So save yourself some time and don’t overstock on the desserts.

  • Algerian almond tarts


    This tart combines the taste of ground almond and buttery paste. The texture is very fulfilling and the crust at the end is a wonderful reward that you will cherish. 

  • Rose petal pound cake


    Nothing says fancy more than rose petals. Well, in this case, its rosewater (still close enough) This confection is a tried and true combination of a classic western cake and a staple middle eastern ingredient (the rosewater)

  • Date & nut balls

    date balls

    These fun little balls are a great combination between nuts and dates. You will surely enjoy munching on these tiny yet flavorful treats.

  • Chocolate cake

    chocolate cake

    When it comes to cake, chocolate takes the cake (that was a weird sentence). It is very true because chocolate is synonymous with indulgence. In fact, the only thing that is better than chocolate is, well, more chocolate!

  • Pistachio baklava


    This is the embodiment of sweetness itself. Baklava is without a doubt one of the quintessential oriental treats. These sugary pistachio cubes are heavenly in their taste and crunchy in their texture, a perfect treat to leave your guests with a sweet and satisfying taste.

  • Date and walnut Maamoul


    Maamoul is a staple of Eid desserts. It bears a great significance around Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha holidays. However, you can enjoy this wonderful pastry in Ramadan as well or whenever else suits you.

  • Coconut Basbousa


    Basbousa is a famous Semolina confection that has an all-time familiar texture. This rich texture is combined with the distinctively sweet taste of coconuts and it will surely amaze your taste buds.

  • Pomegranate and date smoothie


    If you want to go with a healthier option for dessert after this grand feast that you have prepared for your friends, then you might want to try a healthy smoothie that is both refreshing and revitalizing. Go for this Pomegranate and date smoothie for a passionate treat that is easy on your diet!

  • Karabij


    Karabij is very similar to Maamoul but instead of dates we have pistachios (as you may have noticed we love pistachios a lot) It is dipped in a delicious special cream called Natif.

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