Never Waste Your Ramadan Food Again: 10 Delicious Leftover Ideas You Need to Try

Never Waste Your Ramadan Food Again: 10 Delicious Leftover Ideas You Need to Try

Ramadan is a month of fasting for Muslims around the world, from dawn until sunset. Families and friends come together to break their fast during this time, often preparing large meals. However, it’s not uncommon to have leftover food after these gatherings.

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This guide will explore how you can use up those leftovers creatively, saving time and money in the kitchen. By following our article, you can create delicious new dishes that your family will love!

Main Dishes

Stews and curries

One of the easiest ways to use up leftover meat is to make stews and curries. You can use any type of meat, such as lamb, beef or chicken, and add some vegetables like potatoes, carrots or onions. Add some spices such as cumin, coriander, or turmeric to enhance the flavor.

If you have leftover rice, you can serve the stew or curry on top of it, creating a hearty and satisfying meal.

Rice dishes

If you have leftover rice, you can create a variety of dishes such as fried rice, risotto, or paella. Fried rice is particularly easy to make. Simply add some diced vegetables and protein (such as leftover chicken or shrimp), sauté them in a pan, and then add the rice.

Toss everything together with some soy sauce and garnish with green onions or sesame seeds for a quick and delicious meal.

Vegetarian and vegan options

If you have leftover vegetables or legumes, you can create a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. For example, you can make a vegetable curry with chickpeas or lentils.

Alternatively, you can make a vegetarian shepherd’s pie by layering mashed potatoes over a mixture of leftover vegetables and beans. Adding spices such as cumin, turmeric or coriander can enhance the flavor and make the dish more interesting.

Side Dishes


Salads are a great way to use up leftover vegetables and create a delicious and healthy meal. You can use any combination of greens, like lettuce, spinach, or arugula, and add some diced vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers or carrots.

If you have leftover cooked beans or lentils, toss them into your salad for a protein boost. You can also add some olives, feta cheese or a vinaigrette dressing to add flavor.

Dips & spreads

If you have any cooked chickpeas on hand, try making your own hummus at home! It’s super easy–throw everything into a food processor with some tahini paste and blend until smooth.

You can also make baba ghanoush by blending roasted eggplant with tahini paste instead of chickpeas. Both dips are delicious served alongside fresh pita bread or flatbread crackers such as lavash crackers made from wheat flour mixed with water until firm enough to roll out thin sheets then baked until crisp.

Using leftover bread

If you have leftover bread, you can make a variety of dishes such as bruschetta, crostini or croutons. Bruschetta and crostini are made by toasting bread slices and then adding toppings such as diced tomatoes, basil or mozzarella cheese.

Croutons are made by cubing the bread and then toasting it in the oven with some olive oil and seasoning. These can be added to salads or soups for extra crunch.

Snacks and Appetizers

Samosas and spring rolls

You can make samosas or spring rolls if you have leftover meat or vegetables. Samosas are a popular Indian snack that are filled with spiced potatoes, peas and meat.

They’re then deep-fried until crispy and served with chutney. Spring rolls are similar, but they’re filled with vegetables and meat, wrapped in a thin pastry, and deep-fried until crispy.

Fritters and pakoras

Fritters and pakoras are another great way to use up leftover vegetables. These can be made by mixing the leftover vegetables with some flour, egg and spices, and then frying them until crispy. You can also add some diced onions or herbs to enhance the flavor.

Using leftover bread

You can also use leftover bread to make snacks and appetizers. For example, you can make crostini by toasting the bread and then adding toppings such as goat cheese, prosciutto or fig jam.

Alternatively, you can make breadsticks by cutting the bread into thin strips and then baking them until crispy.


Rice pudding or Kheer

Rice pudding (or kheer) is a classic dessert perfect for using leftover rice.

To make it, simmer the rice with some milk, sugar and spices such as cinnamon or cardamom until it’s thick and creamy. You can also add some raisins or nuts for extra flavor.

Fruit desserts

If you have leftover fruit, you can make a variety of desserts such as fruit salad, fruit tart or fruit crumble. Fruit salad is the easiest option–chop up the fruit and mix it together in a bowl. For a more elaborate dessert, you can make a fruit tart by lining a pastry shell with custard and then adding sliced fruit on top.

Alternatively, you can make a fruit crumble by layering the fruit and topping it with a mixture of flour, sugar and butter before baking it in the oven.

Bread pudding or French toast

If you have leftover bread, you can make a classic dessert like bread pudding or French toast. Bread pudding is made by soaking the bread in a mixture of milk, eggs and sugar, and then baking it in the oven.

French toast is made by dipping the bread in a mixture of milk and eggs, and then frying it in a pan. Both of these desserts are delicious served with syrup or jam.

Leftovers Storage and Safety

It’s important to store your leftovers properly to ensure their safety and freshness. Here are some tips:

Label the date and contents of each container

This will help you keep track of when the food was made and how long it can be stored. It will also help you avoid confusion later on when you’re trying to figure out what’s in each container.

Store food in airtight containers

Using airtight containers with lids on tight will prevent moisture and bacteria from getting into the food while it’s being stored. This will help keep the food fresh for longer and avoid spoilage.

Don’t forget about plastic bags

Plastic bags are great for storing dry goods such as rice, couscous or other grains. They keep the food fresh longer than regular containers do without taking up much space in the fridge or pantry.


Using leftovers creatively can save time and money in the kitchen. By following my article, you can create delicious new dishes that your family will love.

Remember to store and reheat leftovers safely, and use up any remaining food before it goes bad. With a little creativity, you can turn your Ramadan leftovers into a variety of tasty meals that everyone will enjoy.