This year Ramadan begins around Saturday, April 2. For 30 days Muslims observing Ramadan around the world abstain from drinking and eating from dawn to dusk—or, for some, darkness—and many break their fast with iftar, an evening meal that may begin with several dates and a glass of water. Iftar dishes may include fortifying stews like haleem, refreshing salads and beverages, and protein-packed dishes to help those fasting regain their strength for the next day. Before the sun rises the next morning, the morning meal—sahur—is eaten to prepare fasting Muslims for the day ahead. Hydrating fruits like watermelon and energy-boosting foods like eggs and legumes, including ful medames, are often a part of sahur. Below you’ll find nourishing Ramadan recipes to help you stay energized. We’ve also included a few sweets—like kunafa and sheer korma—for Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of the holy month. (Fun fact: The words iftar, fitr, and fatur all share the same root, meaning breakfast.)

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