Iftar meals during the holy month of Ramadan are always exquisite. We tend to consume extremely rich meaty dishes like Biryani and Mahshy and irresistible sugary desserts like Kunafa and Baklava after a long day of abstaining from food and drink.
Having such heavy meals may actually take a toll on your stomach. We all know how we become during Iftar time. We devour our food in a way that causes bloating and stomach aches.
Instead, breakfast can be your perfect Iftar! Eating a light meal instead of the usual heavy Iftar can be very beneficial for a number of reasons. It helps in maintaining your overall health, lowering bad cholesterol, as well as reducing your chances of developing diabetes, heart diseases, and becoming overweight.
So without further ado, here are some breakfast ideas to have for Iftar this Ramadan!
Although it’s widely considered a dessert, in Lebanon, Kunafa is considered a morning meal. Stuffed with melted cheese and soaked in sweet sugar syrup, usually served as a round-shaped thick bread topped with sesame seeds. Yummm!
Fuul and Ta’meya
It’s the national Egyptian breakfast. It’s only the best breakfast you can ever have. Fuul is a Middle Eastern way of preparing fava beans, and Ta’mya is the Egyptian version of falafel but made with broad beans instead of chickpeas.
A traditional Iraqi breakfast dish. Personally, it’s my favorite dish, prepared with layers of soaked bread, topped with fried eggs, onions, and finally, boiled beans. Keep in mind the proper way to eat this dish is to dig in with your hands!
Another mind-blowing Iraqi breakfast is Makhlama! This delicious dish basically consists of fried eggs, tomatoes, onions, meat, and spices. All of these ingredients are blended together in one pan and you eat it with your hands using a hot piece of bread.
Originally a Tunisian breakfast that gained wide popularity in Egypt and the broader Middle East. It consists of poached eggs, onions, tomatoes, chili sauce, and cumin.
Man’ooche is widely popular in Lebanon and Syria. It’s simply a flatbread with many optional toppings, depending on your taste. You can add zaatar (thyme) or zaatar and labneh, eggs, cheese with ham, and vegetables.
Falafel and Lebneh
It’s a staple Middle Eastern dish that no one can argue with. We all love falafel and labneh. It’s basically spiced, mashed, and deep-fried chickpeas served with labneh or vegetables.
This is a very unique Omani breakfast that is made of semolina. It’s cooked to an oatmeal-like consistency and then flavored with saffron, rosewater, and cardamom.