Eid is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Islam. Billions of Muslims across the world joyously await the sight of the crescent moon to break their final fast, celebrating the end of Ramadan. The evening is usually spent thanking the Almighty, offering holy prayers followed by the ultimate food feast. We’re talking melt-in-your-mouth seekh kebabs served with chutney, baida rotis, nihari, the works. And did you know that Eid quite literally translates to the ‘Festival of Sweets’? Think: bubbling hot plates of seviyan, clay pots brimming with phirni and saffron-spiked kheer. Spruced up with toasted nuts, these sweet treats are nothing short of decadent. As they say, no meal is complete without something sweet and when it comes to Eid, traditional desserts are a strict mandate on the menu.
Eid in India usually falls on the same day, or sometimes a day later, but it will be declared only with the sighting of the crescent moon. Here are the 7 delectable dishes you can prepare for your Eid table to set the festive mood.
1. Lahori Raseelay
Made with minced chicken and flavoured with desi masalas, these juicy kebabs are served with plum-tamarind sauce to balance the flavours.
2. Dates Shake
A drink that will leave you delighted. Take a handful of dates and blend it with milk and bananas. Add a pinch of ground cinnamon or cardamom for extra flavour.
3. Nihaari Gosht with Varqi Paratha
Nihaari is a staple and a must at every Muslim feast. Team this feisty mutton dish withvarqi parathas and go straight to foodie heaven. Tip: Garnish with a squeeze of lime, thin julienne slivers of raw ginger and green chillies this Eid Ul Fitr 2016.
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4. Shahi Biryani
With layers of saffron-milk induced rice and juicy mutton pieces, this whole some biryani cooked dum-style is an absolute crowd-pleaser.
5. Chicken Korma with Sheermal
“Winner winner, chicken dinner”! This hearty curry brimming with distinctive flavours like that of jaifal, javitri, gol mirch, kaju and kevar is sure to draw recipe requests. Serve withSheermal, a traditional sweetened bread.
6. Sheer Khurma
Sheer Khurma is an authentic version of vermicelli pudding especially prepared for the festival of Eid. ‘Sheer’ is Persian for milk and ‘khurma’ translates to dates. It’s flavoured with cardamom, raisins, grated coconut and comes close to heaven.
7. Meethi Seviyan
Eid without Meethi Seviyan? No, can’t do. Seriously, there’s no better way to celebrate than a bowl full of seviyan, soaked in milk and topped off with almonds and pistachios. Chef Marut Sikka uses khoya to enhance the flavours, and takes this dessert to a whole new level this Eid Ul Fitr.