Ramadan is over and Muslims around the world are celebrating the holy month of fasting. This year, of course, the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in some parts of the world means that the communal celebration of Eid will be largely restricted.
Do you know what “Eid Mubarak” means? It is an Arabic term that means “blessed feast”. Although it is widely interpreted as simply wishing someone a happy oath, it also means a blessed feast. Wherever they are, Muslims will listen to khutbah (sermons) and greet each other with “Eid Mubarak”.
Every country and every family celebrates Eid differently, but there are some important feasts that many have in common. It is a pure blessing to spend Eid with friends and family and lots of delicious food.
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated as a day to cheer and laugh with all your heart. Here are 10 traditional Eid food recipes to make your Eid even more delicious. Don’t forget to share these wonderful Eid food pictures among your friends and family.
1. Chicken Biryani
Biryani is one of the most mouth-watering dishes which was introduced to Indians by the Mughals. It is considered a delicacy and people make this amazing dish on special occasions. What can be a better time to relish chicken biryani other than Eid? The aroma of Basmati rice along with tender chicken pieces and a host of authentic Indian spices, biryani is all about that.
Lab-e-Shireen is a delicious ‘custard and fruit’ based dessert that is both highly refreshing and amazingly tasty. It is most enjoyable as a refresher during the Holy month of Ramadan. Milk is boiled along with colourful vermicelli. It is usually served chilled mixed with various assorted fruits, jellies and rasgullas. Lab-e-Shireen is a very easy-to-prepare dish suitable to be served as an Eid-ul-Fitr dessert.
3. Matka Gosht
Matka gosht is also called kunna which means “pot” in Punjabi. It’s a delicious mutton stewed curry cooked in an earthen pot. The most distinct feature of this Matka Gosht is its unique aroma that gets imbibed due to the clay pot cooking. There is a distinct earthy scent and a delicate texture to this matka gosht or kunna. The cooking process is slow but the result is surely worth the wait. This Eid, make this delicious recipe that goes well with naan.
4. Meethi Seviyan
Anyone can get nostalgic when making meethi seviyan. It has become the iconic feast on Eid. It is a mouth-watering dessert made with vermicelli, sugar, ghee, and dry fruits. Meethi Seviyan can be made with or without milk, both versions taste great. You can also add some mawa to add to enhance its taste. As it is a light dessert, it goes well after a heavy meal.
5. Mutton Chops Tikka
This colourful, aromatic, and tasty recipe is the ultimate treat for a foodie. These tikkas are tandoori style mutton chops, marinated in a curry-spiced yoghurt sauce, and then baked in the oven. Use yoghurt and mix it with mint sauce for a lovely dip. It is very easy to prepare and tastes delicious with mint chutney. Make this Eid more special and delicious with Mutton Chops Tikka.
6. Reshmi Kebab
Eid-ul-Fitr menu seems incomplete without kebabs. Do you know what kebab means? It is an Arabic term used for a piece of meat or other food that is mostly grilled on a charcoal fire. Reshmi Kebab is a Mughlai dish which is very popular in Indian and neighbouring countries. To make these wonderful kebabs, a unique marinade is used. It lends great texture and taste to soft and tender grilled chicken pieces. This drooling dish is also known as chicken malai kebab since malai or fresh cream is used to make it.
7. Shami Kebab
Chicken Shami Kebab is one of the best non-vegetarian snacks to be served. It is a quick-to-make starter dish and very yummy too. You will not only love eating it but also enjoy cooking this quick snack. Shami kebabs are succulent minced chicken/lamb with chana dal with spicy masala filling inside and crispy fried on the outside. Serve these delicious kebabs with coriander or mint chutney at the dinner party on Eid.
8. Sheer Khurma
Eid is incomplete without this classic Eid dessert. It is a rich vermicelli pudding made with milk, lots of nuts, dates and sugar. Sheer Khurma translates to “milk with dates” in English. It is often made during Eid in the Indian subcontinent, Afghanistan and also parts of central Asia. Eid festivities are kind of incomplete until and unless you have this mouth-watering sweet dish.
9. Yakhni Pulao
Yakhni Pulao is a Kashmiri recipe made using aromatic rice, chicken and a lot of authentic Kashmiri spices that is full of essence and flavours. This flavorful recipe is a perfect meal for family dinner and Eid celebrations. The tempting combination of chicken and rice is such that you can’t get enough of it. Yakhni Pulao is best served with mixed veggies raita and people of all age groups will love it.
10. Zaatar Bread
This is a traditional Lebanese dish made out of all-purpose flour (maida) and zaatar masala. Make this Eid a bit unique by having this yummy bread served with chutney or dip of your choice. It goes well with mayo and tomato sauce as well. It’s an easy-to-make recipe from scratch using very few ingredients. Zaatar bread is one of the best Eid al Fitr appetizers that you can serve to your guests.
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