The first thing that comes to mind when we think of the grand festival of Ramadan is the aroma of exotic foods lingering on the streets and the sight of folks from all age groups crowding over the Ramadan sweets stalls in the evening.
Every year millions of followers observe the period of fasting from dawn to dusk known as Roza. A day for those who observe Roza starts before dawn with a lavish meal known as Suhoor or Sehri, followed by a strict fast and ends with an Iftar feast after sunset. The Iftar feast is a celebration of good food after a daylong restrain to indulge in mouth-watering delicacies.
This feast brings together family and friends at the same table. Each dish served during Iftar not only brings out the flavour but truly brings out their love for the festival. Both the Iftar and Suhoor meals have a variety of desserts, drinks, appetisers and snacks filled with goodness and deliciousness.
Planning for an exciting Iftar menu everyday can be difficult during Ramadan especially when fasting. Hence, we have carefully curated 30 special and very popular recipes to sweeten your festivities for 30 days of Ramadan. There are recipes inspired from middle eastern cuisines, new twists on traditional favourites from across India, recipes with the goodness of dry fruits and recipes that kids will love! And creating these sweet delights is made easy with Nestlé MILKMAID! So open a can of Nestlé MILKMAID and explore!
Traditional favoriteThis royal dessert from the culinary world of Hyderabad is a combination of crunchy and silky textures. Made with Nestlé MILKMAID and bread toasted in ghee, this Shahi Tukda dessert is a crowd-pleaser during Ramadan. Serve your guests this royal Ramadan dessert- Shahi (royal) Tukda (piece) and watch them crave more.See Shahi Tukda Recipe!
Loved by kidsThe decadent Shahi Tukda is an integral part of Ramadan festivities and a hot favourite among all age groups! How about adding a twist to this classic Hyderabadi dessert with the velvety goodness of mangoes? Made by deep-frying bread pieces and Nestlé MILKMAID, Mango Shahi Tukda is soaked in sugar syrup and drowned in a creamy mango Rabdi to create a fusion of flavours. Do not miss out on including this simple yet delicious Ramadan sweet on your dessert list.See Mango Shahi Tukda Recipe!
Traditional favoriteThis aromatic silken pudding Sheer Khurma finds its origins with the Mughals. Sheer Khurma in Urdu means 'sweetened milk' with dried dates and pure ghee. Re-create this simple and authentic Ramadan sweet at home with Nestlé MILKMAID and celebrate Eid in a grand way. Pro tip: Adding Nestlé MILKMAID will give the dish a silken smooth texture and a signature condensed milk note. Don’t be surprised if guests ask for more or even ask for your secret recipe!See Sheer Kurma Recipe!
Old favourite with a new twistThis new way of making sheer khurma is a sure win with the kids! This delicious pudding made from vermicelli is laden with dates and dry fruits like cashews, raisins, and pistachios and is the perfect end to a sumptuous Ramadan feast. Try a different, novel version of this Ramadan dessert with a dash of fruit and Nestlé MILKMAID, and let your kids enjoy the riot of flavours like never before!See Tutti Frutti Sheer Kurma Recipe!
Old favourite with a new twistWhat happens when vermicelli combines with good old custard? You have a match made in food heaven! Vermicelli custard is a flavourful fusion dessert recipe that can make your guests feel elated at the Iftar party. Fusion because it is a mix of the traditional seviyan kheer and the fruit-based custard. A super easy-to-make, creamy and scrumptious dessert that needs only a few ingredients. Remember to use Nestlé MILKMAID along with fresh fruits to give that extra dash of creaminess and fruity flavour.See Vermicelli Custard Recipe!
Quick and easy kheersThe rich and creamy pudding – Phirni, was once the royal dessert in the house of the Mughals. Traditionally eaten in earthen pots, this delectable dessert is prepared with basmati rice, milk and sugar. This classic slow-cooked creamy dessert is infused with the aromatic essence of rose and cardamom, along with some almonds and pistachios, to make it rich and flavourful. With Nestlé MILKMAID, you can save up on the cooking time considerably, and still achieve a delectable creamy texture. Pick the day when you have guests visiting for your Iftar meals and serve this authentic Ramadan dessert to complement your hearty meal.See Phirni Recipe!
Traditional favoriteJauz ka Meetha is a rich, exquisite and delicious dessert with extravagant flavours from the royals of Hyderabad. This finger-licking dessert prepared with Nestlé Everyday Ghee, paneer and Nestlé MILKMAID is a must-have recipe for Ramadan. Whip this up when you have less time in the kitchen during Ramadan.See Jauz Ka Meetha Recipe!
Quick and easy kheersKheer and Ramadan always go hand in hand. This regal dessert made of Mawa is surprisingly easy to make and loved by kids. Make this recipe simple and quick by preparing it with Nestlé MILKMAID and treat your family to a royal feast with this timeless Iftar dessert.See Mawa Kheer Recipe!
Traditional favoriteFlavoured with nuts, cardamom and saffron, Rabdi or Rabri is a simple yet one of the most flavourful Indian desserts. Rabdi is malai (cream) prepared by simmering the milk on low heat until it reduces to 1/3rd or 1/4th. To make your guests fall in love with the creaminess of this delectable dish, prepare Rabdi with Nestlé MILKMAID, add the aroma of rose water and garnish with rose petals.See Rabdi Recipe!
Turkish, Middle East inspiredBasbousa is an authentic Egyptian recipe that is soft, sweet, and simple to make. You can make the authentic Basbousa with farina, coconut, buttermilk or yoghurt. Here’s an easy adaptation with easily available ingredients: Nestlé MILKMAID, and semolina. Sprinkle it with almonds and drizzle rose syrup to seal the perfection. Not to mention this cake's nutty, soft and sweet flavour is undoubtedly a win-win recipe for mothers who have picky eaters at home.See Basbousa With Almonds Recipe!
Traditional favoriteMoong Dal Ka Halwa is a special Ramadan sweet that can be the perfect recipe to add to your lavish meals. Prepare this Ramadan dessert with Nestlé MILKMAID and give that extra lusciousness to this dessert. Watch your guests drift in the aroma of Moong Dal halwa, which is equally inviting.See Moong Dal Halwa Recipe!
Quick and easy kheersRice Kheer or rice pudding is delish yet simple to make. Often called payasam in South Indian homes, kheer is the favourite dessert across different states of India. Prepare this sweet rice dish with Nestlé MILKMAID, milk, raisins, and cardamom, and garnish it with almonds. If you wish to enhance the flavour, you can add rose water. Rice kheer is indeed a perfect Ramadan dessert to add after a hearty Iftar meal.See Rice Kheer (Chawal ki Kheer) Recipe!
Loved by kidsRose milk is a refreshing and cooling drink which can replace your kids’ love for carbonated beverages. This pretty pink drink has cooling properties which make it soothing and delightful. You can prepare rose milk in just a few minutes with Nestlé MILKMAID, milk, water and rose syrup. Include your kids in the preparation and allow them to add the rose syrup to get the pink colour of the drink and watch them blush over this preparation.See Rose Milk Recipe!
Quick and easy kheersMakhana or foxnuts can be served at any festivities, especially on fasting days. Makhana’s nutrition quotient makes them a great choice to make desserts during Ramadan. Adding Nestlé MILKMAID, milk, and nuts to make makhana kheer makes this dessert even more scrumptious. Give a little twist to this dish by adding grated coconut and roasting the foxnuts in Nestlé Everyday Ghee, and your guests will surely keep finger-licking.See Makhana Kheer Recipe!
Quick and easy kheersSeviyan Payasam or Seviyan kheer is the perfect, delectable Iftar dessert that is made luscious and creamy with Nestlé MILKMAID condensed milk. Seviyan kheer is simplicity and comfort in a bowl! This Ramadan, treat your friends and family to this traditional favourite, and watch them polish off every bite!See Seviyan Payasam (Seviyan Kheer) Recipe!
Goodness of fruitsBanana, date and nut smoothie is a quick, nutritious and wholesome drink perfect after a long day fast or even at Sehri. This easy-to-make drink can be served as a welcome drink for guests visiting your home during the Iftar. This is a very easy recipe that you can prepare with Nestlé MILKMAID, and garnish with nuts of your choice. You can also blend ice cubes with the mixture and serve it chill.See Banana Date and Nut Smoothie Recipe!
Traditional favoriteIn several parts of India, bread is called Double Roti, and that's precisely how this delightful Hyderabadi dessert gets its name! A more indulgent variant of Shahi Tukda, this Ramadan sweet treat has deep-fried slices of bread coated with creamy Nestlé MILKMAID condensed milk and the crunchiness of dry fruits like cashews, almonds, raisins, and more.See Double ka Meetha Recipe!
Loved by kidsIce cream and mangoes are an absolute hit when mixed together. Moreover, including this Ramadan dessert in your Iftar recipes is definitely going to be a respite for the summer. Prepare this chilling and palatable recipe with just 3 ingredients, i.e. Nestlé MILKMAID, mangoes and fresh cream. Add this dessert to your lavish Ramadan meal and see your kids smile ear to ear at the sight of this vibrant yellow dessert.Pro tip: This recipe can be made ahead and refrigerated, to enjoy for a couple of daysSee Mango Ice Cream Recipe!
Quick and easy kheersAdd a sweet touch to your Ramadan festival with delicious and exotic gulab ki kheer Prepare this kheer in minutes with Nestlé MILKMAID, mashed paneer, and rose water for aroma. Garnish with shredded rose petals and make your kids lick till the last bit of the kheer. This cold dessert can bring a lot of respite at Iftar parties in the peak of summer.See Gulab ki Kheer Recipe!
Traditional favoriteThandai is a refreshing and cooling beverage made up of nuts, seeds, whole spices and milk. This traditional and popular drink from North India is a sweet and instant thirst quencher perfect after a long day fast. This easy-to-make aromatic drink includes poppy seeds, rose petals and fennel seeds, which aid digestion and give instant energy. This Ramadan, give your kids a chance to prepare the Thandai drink with Nestlé MILKMAID.See Thandai Recipe!
Turkish, Middle East inspiredIrani chai, a speciality of Hyderabad with origin in Persia, is a must for every Iftar party. This tea decoction is prepared with spices to give a pleasant aroma. Prepare this flavourful tea with Nestlé MILKMAID and serve your guests with jeera biscuits and fruitcake cookies as a welcome drink this Ramazan.See Irani Chai Recipe!
Goodness of fruitsSummer fruit delight combines the goodness of fruits with the creaminess of Nestlé MILKMAID to give a flavourful and tempting fruit salad. This Ramazan, create beautiful memories of preparing this dessert with your little sous-chef. With just fruits, curd and Nestlé MILKMAID, this dessert can be an exciting way to bond with your little one.See Summer Fruit Delight Recipe!
Goodness of fruitsNever miss a recipe which includes litchi, as this seasonal fruit is available only for a brief period. Prepare this litchi pudding with Nestlé MILKMAID and indulge in the creaminess of this Ramadan sweet. As litchi is a popular fruit among all age groups, including them in your Ramadan confectionary list would surely be a hit among your kids and family.See Litchi Pudding Recipe!
Turkish & Middle East inspiredA good way to cheer your family during this Ramadan is by adding this Irani Dessert. Preparing this sweet, delectable dessert made of roasted vermicelli, pistachio and almonds become even easier when you add Nestlé MILKMAID. Irani Dessert must be stored in the refrigerator for almost 6 hours, So prepare it ahead of time and serve chilled the next day!See Irani Dessert Recipe!
Goodness of fruitsOriginally a traditional English dessert, apple crumble is a classic comfort food prepared with apple filling and a crispy streusel topping. This dessert can be served in Ramadan with custard or vanilla ice cream, making it an all-time favourite dessert for kids. You can bake this dish with Nestlé MILKMAID, apples, flour, and cinnamon powder. While this requires a bit of effort, you can indeed involve your kids in making the crumble and see their excitement after the dish is ready.See Apple Crumble Recipe!
Loved by kidsIf you want your kids to savour a healthy, delicious, filling dessert, do not skip adding chocolate bread pudding to your to-do list this Ramadan. This magical recipe has eggs, milk, cream, cocoa powder, nuts and bread, which fills your kid's stomach for the entire day. Prepare this versatile and incredible dessert with Nestlé MILKMAID, sprinkle over some walnut pieces, and see your kids fight over the last bit.See Chocolate Bread Pudding Recipe!
Goodness of fruitsOrange kheer, famously known as komola kheer in West Bengal, is a dessert that can change any occasion into festivities. And adding it to your Ramadan dessert recipes will surely be a perfect finish to your lavish meals. While orange kheer is delectable, making it requires little trick and perfection in choosing the oranges. As oranges can be sour and acidic, you need to select sweet ones to prevent the milk from curdling. Make this dessert with Nestlé MILKMAID, Kesar, and orange zest and top it with orange pulp to give the perfect taste and the vibrant colour of the oranges.See Orange Kheer Recipe!
Turkish, Middle East inspiredFalooda is an iconic frozen dessert found at any food joint, ice cream parlour and restaurant. This Ramadan, make this dessert recipe at home by adding Nestlé MILKMAID. Create sweet memories with kids and family during Iftar sweets by serving Shahi Falooda. While you take up the cooking vermicelli part, you may ask your kids to layer the tall glass with rose syrup at the bottom, followed by cooked vermicelli, sabja seeds, Nestlé MILKMAID and crushed rice. Watch your little sous chef enjoy layering this colourful Falooda up to the brim and topping up with crushed dry fruits.See Falooda Recipe!
Turkish, Middle East inspiredAn exotic yet simple dessert recipe, Persian Saffron Pudding can be a delightful dessert to enjoy this Ramadan. Prepare this dessert with orange crush, saffron, crushed pistachio and extra creaminess of Nestlé MILKMAID. The vibrant natural colour of the Ramadan dessert recipe from saffron and orange stands out when served along with other platters of your Iftar meals.See Persian Saffron Pudding Recipe!
Turkish, Middle East inspiredMahalabia is a popular Middle Eastern dessert and the first go-to dessert, especially when you cannot figure out your next day’s Iftar dessert. Anyone can prepare this recipe with just 3 ingredients: rice flour, warm water, and Nestlé MILKMAID. Besides being easy and quick, Nestlé MILKMAID gives this Ramadan dessert a smooth and creamy consistency, making it an all-time favourite for kids. Cool the dessert in the refrigerator, serve it with nut toppings, and watch your kids and family finish it in a jiffy.See Mahalabia Recipe!