During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, not even consuming water. Food takes on a special significance during this fast. Before morning prayers Muslims eat suhoor, a heavy breakfast big enough to to get them through the day. Hearty meat dishes are popular during Ramadan as a way to fill up before or after fasting. Skewered meat and vegetable dishes called kebabs are common in the Middle East and curry recipes are a mainstay in Southeast Asia.
After dark comes iftar, or the breaking of the fast. This meal is often a festive, communal affair. No iftar would be complete without rice. Dessert is an important part of iftar and in the Bengali household, mishti is king. In the Middle East, desserts often lean towards the syrupy side and yogurts are a common way to help aid digestion and cool the stomach. We've rounded up our favorite Ramadan recipes for suhoor and iftar, as well as for your big Eid-al-Fitr feasts afterward.