In 2022, the holy month of Ramadan commences on 2 April and continues until 2 May. For one month, Muslims around the world will forsake eating and drinking during daylight hours, having breakfast before dawn (suhoor), and consuming nothing until sunset when they come together with family and friends for iftar, the evening meal that breaks the fast.
While Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam, even if you are not Muslim, you can still celebrate the breaking of the fast with some tasty iftar food. While there are so many delicious delicacies you can eat during the days of Ramadan, Kebabs are always a satisfying way to enjoy Middle Eastern flavours and cuisine. Try these recipes to break your fast, or to simply enjoy some spicy and zesty flavours this month.
Try these lamb kebabs on a fresh tabouleh, a type of middle-eastern salad that is usually made with chopped parsley, tomatoes, mint, onion, bulgur wheat, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and sweet pepper.
This Italian twist on the middle eastern kebab brings the best of both worlds together. With a luxurious touch of truffled mayonnaise and crispy duck, it is a very satisfying way to break your fast and set you up for the next day. The duck is accompanied by chilli peppers and a lemon mustard dressing, to make the kebabs packed full of flavour. It's an alternative kebab recipe that is big on taste yet easy to prepare.
Lamb is the perfect meat for kebabs, and this recipe has the authentic Middle-eastern flavour that you're looking for. Simplicity is key here, allowing the delicious flavours to be augmented by fresh and zesty elements. The delicious and healthy spinach and pomegranate salad makes a perfect backdrop for the charred lamb.
A very easy dish that packs all the punch of lime and barbecue. It's a deviation from tradition, but one that the whole family will love, especially the kids. Because it's so simple and can be whipped up in just a few minutes, it's great for kitchen novices or if you're stuck for time.
With lemon, orange, ginger and garlic these fish kebabs allow pescatarians to enjoy the big kebab flavours. A lighter alternative to the lamb or chicken versions, fish is a subtle accompaniment to the citrussy lemon and zingy garlic, and won't feel too heavy after a full day running on empty.
What better way to serve grilled chicken kebabs than with couscous? If you're looking to catch up on calories and enjoy a satisfying meal after a long day, try this easy recipe - it's ready in minutes and it's one you'll go back to again and again.
Another lamb recipe, this time from South Africa. This traditional sosatie - lamb or mutton cooked on skewers - is something a bit different, but suitably delicious. Apricot and curry combine for eastern flavours with a very satisfying South African accent.
This kebab recipe has a lot going on in terms of flavour, as it uses cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and yoghurt. All these heady elements combine for a simple but exciting kebab recipe. If you're looking for a classic kebab with all the impactful flavours you would expect, it won't disappoint.
Charred lamb and crunchy vegetables combine for a kebab that requires just a few ingredients, but is so delicious. Keeping it simple allows all the natural flavours to come through, while the balsamic vinegar adds acid and brings all that natural sweetness out of the vegetables.
Lamb shami kebab
A quick guide to making lamb shami kebab, with Gordon Ramsay. Simply blitz the ingredients together, add the lamb mince, bind with an egg yolk and form into patties. These make a really great starter, or you can increase the volume and serve with pita and minted yoghurt for a main.
Awesome lamb kebabs
Have a look at Jamie Oliver's take on the lamb kebab - simple but too good not to try. There are plenty of flavours to enjoy in this one and they're not overworked. It's an easy and reliable kebab recipe to have in your locker.
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Ramadan is the holy month of Islam, observed by millions of Muslims around the world. People refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, but when it's time to break the fast there are plenty of dishes to enjoy. Here are 20 of the tastiest to try.