The long day of fasting during Ramadan finishes with a lavish Iftar—literally ‘break fast’—feast. As Ramadan comes to a close this year, here are a few flavours that celebrate the best of good food. And if you love cooking and want to make your own Iftar spread, we’ve linked to some of our favourite recipes so you can enjoy these flavours at their best.
Our top flavours for Ramadan
Rose has a long culinary history, and is a subtle flavour that can add the finishing touch. It’s enjoying a revival in baking and cocktails. Rose Spice Drops are perfect for food and drink where you want the flavour without the perfume.
Try making: Rose and Cardamom Biscuits
The best quality saffron is grown in Iran, and its subtle flavour is world-renowned for its finishing touch to both sweet and savoury dishes. The subtle colour and flavour wakes up all the senses and makes each mouthful a moment you’ll truly savour.
Try making: Shrikhand yogurt dessert
A little bit of cardamom goes a long way, whether it’s in a rice pudding or in a chocolate treat. It is the world’s third most valuable spice, and is part of the ginger family.
Try making: Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake by Choclette (photo credit to Choclette)
You can’t have curry without spice, and the most essential spice mix of all is Garam Masala. (It’s a combination of coriander, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, cardamom, turmeric, cumin, clove, chilli, and fenugreek.)
Try making: Vegetable Biryani
Cumin is a favourite around the world, with many uses across traditional cuisines. With Cumin Spice Drops, you can enjoy the full flavour of cumin without the gritty seeds getting stuck in your teeth!
Try making: Mix a simple dip by adding several Cumin Spice Drops to plain yogurt. It also a lovely way to finish soups.
Spearmint has a fresh flavour that wakes up the other flavours in a dish, without overpowering them. It’s common to enjoy with roast lamb and other savoury recipes including biryani.
Try making: Adding a drop of mint to your water or tea for smooth fresh taste – and fresher breath too!
It’s not a spice, but mango is in season during Ramadan and it would be a shame to leave it out of the list as it’s so rich in flavour. You can simply enjoy it as is for its sweet and succulent fruit. It’s a feast-worthy addition to porridges and puddings, too, especially with a hint of Saffron and other Spices.
Try making: Saffron and Spice Rice Pudding
What foods do you enjoy during Ramadan?