3 quick, easy, delicious dishes to break your fast during Ramadan

Gather around your table with these dishes fit for iftar.

Gather around your table with these dishes fit for iftar

For Muslims who fast from sunrise to sunset for thirty days during the month of Ramadan, the hours in Canada can be especially long — up to 16 hours.

After a full day of going without food and water, these recipes yield the sort of treats one looks forward to enjoying. Plus, they can be put together fairly quickly, especially as certain components of the recipe can be prepared in advance.

Shelly's Corn Pakoras with Sabz Chutney

(CBC Life)

For many South Asians who fast, these bronzed, crispy, salty pakoras are the scent of Ramadan and one's childhood. My Aunty Shelly has her own unique twist, and makes them for us with corn. The sweetness of each pakora pairs beautifully with her garlicky and fiery green chutney.

Get this recipe

Sarosh's Mango Chaat

(CBC Life)

If you are looking for something nourishing and rehydrating, my mother's sweet and tangy fruit chaat, made with seasonal fruit, fulfils one's cravings. With the myriad of mango varieties from Pakistan, India and Mexico available all over speciality stores in Toronto and other parts of the country at the moment, one is spoilt for choice.

Get this recipe

Mast-o Khiar

(CBC Life)

My Persian cucumber and yogurt dip is also a dish that can be prepared a day ahead, so you can relax at sunset with your cup of milky cardamom tea and scoop up a spoonful or two with your flatbread, before the crispy pakoras emerge from the hot oil.  

Get this recipe

Shayma Owaise Saadat is a Food Writer and Chef. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. You can follow her culinary journey at or on Instagram.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversationCreate account

Already have an account?