During Ramadan, Arab families are interested in making the best dishes of the menu and it differs from one country to another, yet the below listed meals are found almost on the Iftar table of every Arab family.
1. Soup (Hasaa’ or Shorba)
It is almost a habit to begin with a hot dish of soup. The main ingredients of the soup may vary whether it is made of vegetables, chicken, or even meat, yet lentil soup remains the main dish on the Iftar table. One cannot resist the charming mixture of lentil, onion, lemon extract and spices.
Dates is always available in every Arab household, yet its importance becomes at its top during Ramadan. It is a must to have a dish of the finest dates, whether raw or filled and dipped. It is a custom to begin your meal with an odd number of dates. Do not miss trying it with yogurt.
Yoghurt and dates go together like a wink and a smile. No one can deny that yoghurt has a delicious tasty flavor. Its smooth texture takes you to another world. A salty smoking one is the best ever.
4. Kibbeh (Kubba)
Whether it is boiled, fried or even in a soup, its unique mixture of flavors is irresistible. It is either made of rice and potato or cracked wheat filled with a mixture of grinded meat, spices, onion and parsley. It is just the perfect mixture that you will never forget.
When it comes to sweets, the baklava is the one and only that rules. A fine thin dough layers filled with nut and covered with sweet syrup. A fine delicate piece of sweets that will take you to the worlds of dreams, yet it will make you rethink of your diet.
6. Middle Eastern BBQ
Nothing can come close to the grilled kebab and tekah (pieces of chicken or meatgrilled on char-fire). The secret spices and the fine grilling give the meat a different flavor. You can add grilled vegetables as well; it is never a loss to have a bite of grilled veggies.
The only rival of baklava is the kanafeh. A magical mixture of fine threads of dough, cheese and sweet syrup go together to deliver the finest flavor and texture of all times. The difference of flavors of the cheese and the sweet syrup makes it a magical dish.
8. Apricot soup (Mishmishya or Tirshana)
Though it might not sound familiar but yes there is a soup made of apricot. A sweet soup made of apricot and meat pieces is one of the finest dishes in the Middle East.
9. Tamarind juice
The sour and sweet flavor of a cold icy cup of a tamarind juice is the best way to end your iftar with. All your senses will be moved by the details of the flavors a simple cup can hold.
10. Samosa (Sambosa)
Thin layers of dough filled with grinded meat and fried in boiling oil. A fine and light meal that you can never stop eating. The golden dough with the brown meat filling make it a piece of art.