How to Get Through Ramadan When You’re Vegan

Does being plant based make it harder or easier?

byAmina Kaabi

Abstaining from food and water from dawn until sunset is already a difficult task on its own. And when it falls in the summer, it’s even harder. But despite what most of us would assume, fasting while being vegan doesn’t have to be difficult at all—except when your Arab family just doesn’t get it.


In reality, however, having a plant-based diet during Ramadan can actually be pretty beneficial. Greens, fruits, and other legumes are actually easier for your body to digest and are known to increase energy levels.


So, whether you’re committed to a plant-based diet, on the path to veganism, or just want a quick meal to break your fast on, MILLE rounds up some of our favourite vegan recipes perfect for iftar.


Za’atar Spiced Brown Rice Chickpea Burgers

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Ingredients: brown rice, chickpeas, red onion, za’atar, parsley, tahini, lemon


Total Time: 35 mins


Vegan Falafel

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Ingredients: Chickpeas, parsley, garlic, cashews, cumin, salt, flour


Total Time: 20 minutes


Vegan Chili


Ingredients: onion, tomatoes, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste, red beans, celery, paprika, olive oil


Total Time: 35 minutes


Vegan Makloubeh

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Ingredients: eggplant, cauliflower, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, red onion, brown rice, vegetable stock, paprika, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon


Total Time: 1 hour


Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

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Ingredients:  red lentils, red onion, sweet potato, tomato paste, garlic, carrots, cumin


Total Time: 30 minutes


Tunisian Grilled Salad (Salata Mechouia)


Ingredients: green pepper, red pepper, tomatoes, garlic, onion, olives, olive oil.


Total Time: 30 minutes


Thai Red Curry

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Ingredients: onion, garlic, ginger, carrots, curry paste, coconut milk, potato, broccoli, cauliflower, tamari, brown rice


Total Time: 30 minutes

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