The holy month of Ramadan will begin on Friday, May 26 and those who follow Islam will observe a fast that begins in the wee hours of the morning and extends until the sun sets. The very tradition of starting and breaking the fast is a family affair but what if one is living alone during this month? They will of course miss the mom’s haleem, harees and other such complicated dishes. If you find yourself confused about what to cook for yourself, then here are a few easy recipes tailored for those who don’t have the luxury of eating their mom’s food.

Date smoothie


This smoothie is highly nutritious and keeps you energised for a long time. Its rich in vitamins and minerals and also helps in increasing a person’s haemoglobin count. To make this recipe, soak 4-5 dates in milk for about 15 minutes, peel 1 banana and blend the ingredients until you get a smooth texture.

Oatmeal pancakes

Sure, this isn’t a traditional dish that’s served at iftar but its easy and will keep you full for a long time. Oats stabilise the glucose level in one’s body and include antioxidants. To make an oatmeal pancake, all you have to do is grind it, add a pinch of cinnamon powder and salt to the flour. Then add in eggs, butter, sugar and vanilla extract.  You can top it with chocolate or maple syrup.

Beetroot Pakoda

This appetiser adds the crunch that’s needed in an iftar meal. To make this, boil potatoes and beetroot. Then add onions, green chillies, maida, bread crumbs, some coriander leaves and whatever spices you’d like.

Ground beef patties

This delicious snack packs in flavour to an iftar meal. To make this, add green chillies, onions, soya sauce, ground pepper and green onions. Flatten the mixture to make it look like a patty and let it bake in the oven at 180 degrees centigrade for 20-25 minutes.

Chicken stuffed in green peppers

In other words, this is a bhajji with an added twist. Make a chicken mixture of your liking and stuff it into long green peppers. Roll it around in a batter made with gram flour, water, chilli powder and deep fry it.