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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Iftar Recipes | Quick and Easy Iftar Ideas

A lot of Muslim women today work a full-time job. In addition to their work responsibilities, many Muslim women also want to take on the kitchen responsibilities of cooking delicious and healthy meals for iftar. It is not an easy task! Sometimes you arrive home just two hours before iftar. So here are some quick and easy iftar recipes that you can use to whip up healthy and delicious iftar meals.

Iftar Recipes
Quick and Easy Iftar Recipes

Chicken Fajitas

Fajitas are a really good idea and they are not heavy on the stomach.

Slice boneless chicken breasts into thin strips and then marinate them in lemon juice, soy sauce, finely chopped onions, finely chopped jalapenos and a sprinkle or two of chili sauce depending on how spicy you want it. This can be done in the morning when you get up for sahoor or the night before. Then for iftar, stir fry the chicken until its done, and serve with warmed up tortillas, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and shredded cheese.

Shrimp Fajitas

Saute the shrimps in a bit of oil, salt and pepper, and oregano. Saute a couple of yellow zucchini, couple of tomatoes, bell peppers individually. You can sit these in one bowl since you'll be piling these on the tortilla anyways. Sprinkle them with some salt. Warm up the tortillas in the microwave, spoon (1-2 tsp of taco sauce) and fill it with shrimp, veggies, cheese, roll it up and lightly fry in the pan so it is golden brown on all sides.

Quick Pan-Fried Tandoori Chicken

Just marinate some chicken in yogurt, lemon juice, mashed garlic, tandoori spices etc. Then add to a hot non-stick pan with about an inch of oil in it. Pour in about a cup or 2 of water and stir. Cover and cook on high for about 7 mins, then turn chicken over and cook for 5 mins more (covered). Then take lid off and stir fry uncovered until the liquid has evaporated. It's really tasty and quick. Serve with plain boiled white rice or pitta bread / wraps, hummus/ raita / salad / fresh tomato chutney / salsa.

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