Iftar is the evening meal consumed by Muslims when they break their daily fast during the month of Ramadan. Although the majority of Muslims break their fast with dates and water, we list some traditional foods from around the world.

1. In neighbouring Pakistan, samosas are an extremely sought- after Iftar food. Along with samosas, Pakistanis also consume the traditional Phayunian, a puri-like preparation, haleem, jalebi, pakora and namak para, besides dates and water. Sandwiches and pastries, too, are becoming a popular choice for breaking the fast.

2. With more than 90 percent of the population consisting of Muslims, the fast in Jordan is traditionally broken by consuming dates. They also consume mansaf, which is a traditional dish made of rice, meat and dried yoghurt (made only in Jordan) and mezes. For something sweet, Jordanians eat Qatayef, a cinnamon-flavoured pancake that is stuffed with walnuts and sugar and eaten with honey syrup.

3. Libya may not be your first thought for Iftar delicacies, but the oil-rich country has a lot to offer. Apart from consuming three dates followed by water, Libyans prepare a soup called the Shurba that is made with small chunks of lamb, chick or Garbanzo peas and tiny pasta finished off with some dry mint. M'batan, Dolma and Burek are also eaten as part of Ramadan cuisine.

4. With an already diverse cuisine, food during the month of Ramadan only brings out Morocco's flavourful past. Moroccans indulge in Chabbakia, a dessert made of fried dough flavoured with orange blossom water and coated with sesame seeds and honey, Chorba, which is lamb stew with tomatoes and chickpeas and the traditional Moroccan soup, Harira.

5. Indonesia reportedly houses the world's largest Muslim population. Indonesians typically consume dishes such as Kolak, a fruit dessert made with palm sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf. Jackfruit or banana or mung beans is added. They also gorge on delicacies like beef rendang, chicken opor and Kueh Lapis Surabaya, an Indonesian layer cake, inspired by the Dutch spekkoek.


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