Ramadan inspiration

March 24, 2022

Iftar recipes, ideas for suhoor and what to gift a friend who is fasting for Ramadan

It’s the holy month of Ramadan and a time for reflection, prayer and fasting for those who observe. It’s also a restorative time as friends and family gather together at sun-down to break their fast and enjoy a nourishing evening iftar meal.

Breaking fast with Medjoul dates

Many Muslims break their fast with Medjoul dates. They are referenced in the Quran, and Medjoul dates – or Medjool dates as they’re also known – are sweet and juicy and a tasty way to break a fast. They’re also packed with goodness and are high in fibre and potassium. If you’re not fasting, and your friends and family are, they’ll be thrilled with a gift of Medjoul dates.

What’s a thoughtful gift to take to an Iftar?

An iftar, the evening meal which follows a day of fasting, needs to be nourishing and plentiful. It’s also a time to invite people over. If you’re heading to an iftar, we have a delicious range of ethical gifts to take with you.

Gifts for an iftar

What to cook for Iftar?

In Palestine, people often begin iftar with a bowl of freekeh soup. A refreshing choice after a day of fasting, freekeh is also high in protein and fibre. Our recipe includes cardamom and a sprinkling of toasted almonds with a squeeze of lemon. It’s delicious!

Recipes for Iftar

What to eat for suhoor?

A medjoul date smoothie is a simple, tasty and nutritious choice for suhoor, the pre-dawn meal eaten by Muslims before fasting during Ramadan. Another popular choice in Palestine is olive oil and za’atar zeit and za’atar – eaten with bread and a boiled egg. For some of the Zaytoun team, a Medjoul date flapjack is a favourite, easy option early in the morning.

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