10 hearty breakfast and dinner recipes for Ramadan

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Chickpea tortillas with mushrooms, spinach and tomatoin the photo on top. The thing about breakfast during Ramadan is that you don’t have to stick to “breakfast foods,” however nebulous that term may be. But if you love to start your day with breakfast foods, these eggless omelettes really hit the spot. and they are quite filling. If you don’t mind eating eggs, consider a Masala omelet instead.

Lentil stew for Yemeni breakfast (Adas). Switch to lentils to keep things hearty during Ramadan! Since you can refrigerate this for five days, go ahead and whip up the entire batch for a quick breakfast all week long.

full ladies. This is a classic Middle Eastern breakfast dish, and you can speed things up with the help of a multicooker. Since you can successfully refrigerate or freeze this, you can actually make a big batch before Ramadan starts to make those sleepy mornings easier.

Spicy Red Shakshuka. Yet another idea for breakfast! Make the sauce ahead of time, go ahead and make a large batch to freeze and reheat, and gently poach the eggs.

Pomegranate Glazed Meatballs. Now, let’s talk about dinner. Sometimes when breaking the fast, it can be good to start small before moving on to the main meal. The sweet and sour glaze on these meatballs is a great way to start eating. And if you want a crispy starter? Try Lamb and Phyllo Cigars, in which a lamb and pine nut filling is wrapped in filo.

Fesenjan. If the rains of March and April keep things chilly, spicy, warm fesenjan is just what you need at the end of the day. Thickened with ground walnuts (you can use other walnuts, though the flavor will be different), the sauce is tangy thanks to the large amount of pomegranate molasses.

Malabar Chicken Biryani. In my family, biryani usually graces the table at least once a week during Ramadan. This chicken version is a crowd-pleaser if you’re feeding a lot of people, though the biryani overheats easily if you have fewer people to feed.

Kichidi. Fasting alone can be hard! The answer is a comforting, ultra-easy, hearty, lentil-filled kichidi.