Ramazan is a time when Turkish families get together and spend extended periods eating, talking and socializing with relatives and friends while they enjoy a wide array of delicious foods. Most families go back to their roots during Ramazan and serve traditional dishes passed down through their families for generations. That’s why it’s one of the best times of year to enjoy classic Turkish cuisine and as well as regional favorites. Here is a list of recipes you can serve at each stage of 'iftar.'
What Is ‘İftar’?
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Must-Haves At The ‘İftar’ Table
There are many foods that are standard at the ‘iftar’ table. Especially the items eaten to break the fast each day.
Breakfast items that follow can be as a sample of olives and white cheese or more elaborate including many kinds of cheese, deli items like ‘sucuk’ (soo-JOOK’) and ‘pastırma’ (pah-STIR’-mah) and fresh fruit preserves.
And don’t forget, a glass of water for everyone is a must!
02 of 07
Ramazan Soup Recipes
Soup is always served at the beginning of ‘iftar.’ Go for classic recipes like the ones here. red lentil soup
03 of 07
Ramazan Vegetable & Bean Recipes
Turkish vegetable dishes are usually cooked in olive oil and served cold. Here are some Ramazan favorites.
04 of 07
Ramazan Main Course Recipes With Meat
Meat can be very expensive in Turkey. Many families who don’t eat much red meat throughout the year splurge during Ramazan to serve at least one main course dish with meat.
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- 'Hunkar Beğendi', or stewed meat over hot eggplant mash
- 'Kuzu Tandır,' or roasted lamb shank
- 'Musakka,' or eggplant and ground beef casserole
- 'İslim Kebabı,' or oven-baked lamb and eggplant wraps
- 'İzmir Köftesi,' or baked meatball and potato stew
- 'Kadın Budu Köftesi,' or 'lady's thigh' meatballs
- 'Spinach stew,' or 'etli ıspanak'
- 'Stuffed squash,' or 'kabak dolması'
- 'Karnıyarık,' or courgette squash stuffed with ground beef
05 of 07
Ramazan Side Dish Recipes
Side dishes rich in carbohydrates are always part of the ‘iftar’ table along with the main course.Here are some of the most popular.
06 of 07
Dessert Recipes For Ramazan
Ramazan is a time when traditional desserts take the forefront. The best choices are desserts steeped in syrup or milk-based desserts.
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Ramazan Beverage Recipes
Along with plenty of water, non-alcoholic beverages of any kind can be served during Ramazan. The meal is always topped off with Turkish coffee or tea.