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Best 30 Ramadan Main Dishes

a collage of the top Ramadan main dishes like Palestinian arayes, ouzi pockets, Saudi chicken kabsa, chicken shawarma, restaurant style butter chicken, and kousa mahshi

Sacrifice, gratitude, and family! Just a few of the things that come to mind with approach of the month of Ramadan. In preparation for this month of gathering over food, planning Ramadan meal ideas is exciting but can also get stressful in our endeavors to impress our loved ones and precious guests. This year, I bring you a Ramadan roundup, a varied menu of my Best 30 Ramadan Main Dishes.




There are definitely a pick of traditional Ramadan dishes that carry meaning for families at iftar time.

Aromatic and packed with flavors, these famous classic recipes are absolute crowd-pleasers. Your family and guests alike will have a hard time resisting!

Adding one of these dishes to your Ramadan dinner table will dazzle everyone’s taste buds and fill them up after a long day of fasting. I’m sure that they will make your iftar time more memorable and enjoyable for all.

Saudi Chicken Kabsa
With this Authentic Saudi Chicken Kabsa, you can turn your next lunch into a feast. Because of the combination of spicy grilled chicken and tasty rice, this dish is ideal for any special event. So, what are you waiting for? Try it right now!
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This beloved national dish has a balance of spices, rice and tender meat
Chicken Maqluba (Flipped Upside Down)
Chicken Maqluba is an authentic Middle Eastern rice dish, popular in the Levant countries. It is known for its layers of aromatic rice, chicken, and fried veggies, that become visible once flipped.
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Chicken with rice flipped upside down with nuts and tomatoes on top.
Meat Stuffed Pitas (Palestinian Arayes)
Arayes are an authentic Palestinian street food. They are made up of pita bread filled with perfectly seasoned ground beef and grilled to crispy perfection. It is a quick and easy recipe that is enjoyed with tahini dipping, yogurt or a salad on the side.
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Four meat stuffed pita pockets with a bowl of yogurt and two lemons in the background.
Authentic Middle Eastern Chicken Shawarma
Indulge in the irresistible flavors of my Middle Eastern chicken shawarma recipe featuring juicy pieces of marinated chicken that have been marinated in a blend of flavorful spices and seasonings. Wrapped in light tortillas along with crunchy pickles and creamy garlic sauce. An easy sandwich like no other!
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middle eastern shawarma wraps made up with tender chicken pieces marinated in a delectable yogurt marinade and hearty spices. Serve these wraps with cucumber and turnip pickles, tabbouleh, and garlic dip
Beef Ouzi Pockets
Spiced rice and beef filling wrapped in crispy phyllo dough. This is a beautiful way to serve ouzi and it's easy to make.
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Middle Eastern Spiced Baked Chicken
Delicious, easy and so quick to put together. This juicy and delicious chicken has the perfect medley of Middle Eastern spices and flavors. Serve with pita bread of rice.
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Golden baked chicken with baked potatoes on the side topped with fresh parsley.
Traditional Palestinian Musakhan Recipe
Musakhan is famously known as the national dish of Palestine. It is a dish that is easy for everyone to prepare. The zesty flavors and heartiness of the meal makes it popular worldwide!
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Delicious Musakhan on Taboon with plenty of sumac, caramelized onions, and pine nuts makes the perfect delicious dish

Top Ramadan Picks of Comforting Stews

Are you looking for a comforting stew to help break the frying or baking streak? Then what better way to satisfy your taste buds than with a warm and gentle stew made with love?

The biggest reward you can give to a fasting person is a delicious and comforting meal after a long day of hunger and cravings. Below are a set of traditional but unique recipes to add to your Ramadan main dishes list.

Mulukhiyah Stew (Jute Mallow Stew)
An Arab household staple made the Palestinian way which is mostly the soupy kind. Tender leaves cooked in a delicious garlic, lemony base and topped with chicken. Can be eaten with rice or pita bread.
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A Beautiful and Warm Delicious middle eastern Molokhia Dish
Sheikh Makhshi (Kusa Bi Laban)
Sheikh Makhshi (Kusa Bi Laban) is a Palestinian delicacy that is easy to prepare. This nourishing and delicious meal is made out of zucchinis filled with meat and dunked in a divine yogurt sauce!
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Sheikh Makhshi (Kusa Bi Laban) mouthwatering plate with zucchinis stuffed with ground meat and dunked in a tasty yogurt sauce!
Kousa Mahshi (Stuffed Grey Squash)
Soft, tender grey squash stuffed with a filling of rice, diced tomatoes and spices is a perfect dish for a vegan choice. It is a complete healthy meal that satisfies a hungry mouth and stomach.
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A number of finely arranged squash drizzled with favorable seasonings and spices is not just a dish to enjoy. It is also a full meal cooked with a tasty tomato sauce.
Dawood Basha (Kufta and Potato Stew)
This is a Middle Eastern version of meatballs where kufta balls sink with chopped potatoes in tomato sauce. They are drizzled with roasted pine nuts and served with vermicelli rice.
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In a white plate, kufta balls are combined with chopped potatoes in a tomato sauce mixture. Near them, there is vermicelli rice in the same plate.
Middle Eastern Kufta Bil Tahiniye
The traditional Middle Eastern Kufta Bil Tahiniye made with beef balls, flavored with parsley, onions, and aromatic spices and dipped in a glorious Tahini sauce alongside slices of potatoes.
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Kufta bil Tahiniye sprinkled with parsley and pomegranate

Enrich your Ramadan Table with Juicy Tender Meat

a collage of tender juicy recipes for Ramadan like steak kebab chunks, chicken kofta kebabs, and honey garlic sriracha wings
These tender juicy bites will leave everyone asking for more!

The king of Ramadan food ideas is tender juicy meat recipes. The following meat recipes introduce a delicious kick of Middle Eastern flavors that will leave everyone asking for more! The good news is that these recipes are also kid-friendly.

From chicken kofta kebabs to beef kofta kebabs, steak Kebabs, and beef shawarma, these Ramadan easy-to-make foods are perfect for breaking your fast and getting in your daily dose of protein.

You can enjoy these recipes grilled, air fried, or baked. These will be a hit with old and young and are guaranteed to make you the iftar hero!

Juicy Middle Eastern Kebabs
Middle Eastern Kebabs are just what you need for grilling season! With easy preparations and a hearty meal, you’ll undoubtedly satisfy your tummy’s cravings.  
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A Succulent Beef Kebab is just more delicious on a skewer!
Tender Grilled Steak Kebabs
A must try recipe of tender steak kebab chunks. Steak is cut and marinated with juicy and delicious flavors to be grilled with charred vegetables.
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Delightful tender and juicy steak beef kebabs made with love.
Juicy Chicken Kofta Kebabs
This Chicken Kofta Kebabs recipe presents a tender, juicy bite that will leave everyone asking for more! Get ready to be entranced with Middle Eastern charm!
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juicy and tender chicken kofta kebabs served with sumac onion salad and finely chopped parsley
Tender Middle Eastern Style Beef Shawarma
Perfectly marinated beef shawarma slices wrapped with loads of fresh chopped tomatoes, sumac, pickles, and topped with tahini yogurt sauce.
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A beef shawarma wrap served with French fries, pickles and sumac onions.

Satisfying Bowls

A perfectly balanced meal can come in an authentic, flavorful, and very filling bowl. A great recipe such as these below is hard to beat! They are packed with flavor, color, and texture.

Serve it at a family iftar dinner as a build-your-own-bowl themed dinner. These iftar bowls will get everyone extra excited about breaking their fast. A great way to break away from traditional recipes while still enjoying classics.

Chicken Shawarma Rice Bowls
A divine combination of chicken shawarma, rice, and salad with white sauce, came together to create an innovative dish.
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A bed of fragrant, fluffy rice provides a base for the shawarma, absorbing the savory juices and spices, creating a harmonious balance.
Yemeni Chicken Mandi
You will definitely fall in love with this amazing recipe! Yemeni chicken mandi is such an awesome combination of perfectly broiled chicken with fluffy aromatic rice. So delicious!
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Yemeni chicken mandi recipe with chicken legs and basmati rice
Kung Pao Chicken
An incredibly delicious Chinese dish loaded with stir-fried chicken cubes, peanuts, vegetables, spices, and a sweet brown sauce seeped into it.
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red peppers, zucchini, peanuts cooked with chicken and served over Jasmin rice
Chicken Fatteh
An absolutely delicious mouthwatering Chicken Fatteh that is easily prepared and made from garlicky yogurt sauce, spiced rice, shredded chicken, pita bread, and garnished with nuts. A divine recipe you would love and become addicted to!
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Chicken Fatteh with garlicky yogurt, pita bread, rice, shredded chicken, and garnished with delicious crunchy nuts will make you devour it from the first bite!

Ramadan Curry Lovers’ Picks

If you and your family are curry fans, then you have to add these three recipes to the list of main dishes for Ramadan.

We all need a go-to list of healthy and delicious meals on the iftar table. Let the dream come true with these magical curry recipes.

What makes the Instant Pot Beef Curry recipe and Coconut Chicken Curry recipe special is how easy and quick they can be prepared.

Japanese beef curry is one of the most delicious and aromatic recipes out there! The sauce is incredibly sweet and savory, has a perfect consistency, and tastes amazingly good.

Instant Pot Beef Curry
A delicious and easy Instant Pot Beef Curry that can be ready in minutes with a few ingredients. It's made of tender pieces of beef drenched in aromatic and flavorful curry alongside rice. A perfect recipe to cook on occasions or get-togethers.
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Vibrant beef curry stew served on top of white rice
Coconut Chicken Curry
This is a delicious and comforting dish, and it's so different than tomato-based curries. You can substitute coconut cream for coconut milk, or even just heavy cream, purely up to your liking.
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Coconut chicken curry is a comforting and fulfilling dish making it a very popular choice
Japanese Beef Curry
Made with beef, potatoes, carrots, celery, and delicious curry mix, this savory Japanese Beef Curry will be an amazing dinner for curry lovers. It is not only easy to make, but the delicious taste will simply steal your heart away.
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healthy Japanese beef curry recipe

a collage of the delicious recipes for Ramadan like halal cart chicken and rice, beef stroganoff, mulukhiyah stew, and Macarona bil bechamel
Keep your loved ones satisfied at iftar time.

Creamy Saucy Casserole

Casseroles are a great addition to Ramadan spreads. They are great for in-advance preparation and make great leftovers for heating up the next day.

Creamy homemade béchamel recipe, stroganoff recipe, and butter chicken recipe will certainly make their way onto your platter.

Macarona Bil Bechamel (Bechamel Pasta Bake)
Macarona bil bechamel is an Egyptian pasta bake that will certainly make it to your menu. It is a great comfort food, so good and so easy to put together. Give it a try!
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Featuring the juicy meat, creamy and cheesy textures, this Macarona is truly irresistible
Easy Beef Stroganoff Recipe
Nothing beats a classic beef stroganoff made of juicy, tender beef strips doused in a flavorful creamy mushroom sauce, served with glossy egg noodles.
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Best Stoganoff plate with mushroom sauce and noodles
Restaurant Style Butter Chicken (cheat version)
Nothing is better than gathering the family at home and sharing lovely memories while eating this incredible dish made out of boneless marinated chicken cubes swimming in a creamy spicy red sauce.
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Boneless tender chicken simmered in a spiced coconut sauce.

Other International Ramadan Recipes

Since Ramadan is an international occasion across the whole world, you may like to add some international recipes to your Iftar menu. Mix it up with some of these classics and add your own twist as well.

Chicken Fajita Quesadillas
Chicken Fajita is a known Mexican dish. It consist of tortilla bread filled with delicious chicken and creamy cheese. It is very quick to assemble and very tasty!
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Crunchy chicken fajita with melted cheese.
Halal Cart Chicken and Rice
Halal cart chicken and rice is a tasty recipe consisting of yellow rice and juicy chicken drizzled with white sauce. The best part is that you won't have to wait in lines to get it and it comes together in an hour. Try it today!
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a perfectly balanced meal featuring chicken and veggies drizzled with white sauce
Oven Baked Chicken Skewers
This oven baked chicken skewers recipe is easy and hassle-free. The outcome is the juiciest chicken you have ever tasted. Give it a try today!
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Chicken skewers in a plate with hummus mtabal and cherry tomatoes
Honey Garlic Sriracha Wings
An easy recipe for honey garlic sriracha wings, deliciously seasoned and air fried to become golden and crispy.
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Golden crispy sriracha wings. Seasoned with honey and garlic, and immersed with sriracha sauce.

Other Main Dishes You Can Enjoy In Ramadan

Easy Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Shish Barak-Dumplings in Yogurt

Vegan Cauliflower Tahini Bake

Easy Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Vegetarian Loaded Eggplant

Chicken Musakhan Sliders

Vodka Pasta Recipe Without Vodka

Fattet Betenjan

Ouzi Rice With Ground Beef

Green Bean and Lamb Stew


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