As the pious month of Ramadan comes to an end, we celebrate Eid with all zest and fervor across the globe. Just like all other festivals it is known for the spirit of fraternity, peace, universal love and .. great food! Yes, Eid Al-Fitr celebration is incomplete without the delectable and exquisite dishes that are prepared to mark this festive fiesta. Almost all of us instantly think about Sewaiyyan when it comes to Eid, but have you tried the rest of the luscious recipes that are part of this festive occasion? Check this list to find out. (Spoiler Alert: It’s sure to make you drool!)
10. DATE BALLS
Dateballs is yet another sweetdish that forms the part of this festive cuisine. Made from chopped dates (khajur), cereals, grated dry fruit and sugar, it is an opulent and delicious snack. Usually served as a starter, dateballs are crunchy and sweet. For all those health conscious people out there, it’s a must have because of its rich iron and protein content.
9. PAKODE AND TIKKA
Besan ke pakore is an evergreen snack that has made its way on our Eid special platter as well. Be it aloo pakode, mirchi pakode or palak pakode, these delightful munchies are an all time great! No wonder that this snack is so popular among people during the festival as well. From Iftar time during the month of Ramadan to Eid feasting, pakode is an indispensable snack. Though not a dish that is central to Eid Al-Fitr, Paneer Tikka is most certainly a popular snack during this festival. From homes to street stalls, one can find people binging this delectable dish everywhere, during the festival. The mouth watering combination of paneer, spices and chopped vegetables is the secret behind its raging popularity. Have you had one today?
8. SHAHI TOAST
Also known as Shahi Tukda, it is a bread pudding made from bread, milk, sugar and ghee. Garnished with cardamom and saffron, it is an exquisite mughlai dish. If you haven’t tasted one yet, do have one!
7. CHICKEN KORMA
Chicken Korma is a piquant chicken recipe made from meat, spice mixture and curd. The tangy taste of ginger and ground spices will definitely set your taste buds tingling. It’s a must have mughalai dish for everyone, so make sure that you don’t miss it!
6. CHHOLE CHAAT
Prepared from whole gram, chopped vegetables and spices, Chhole Chaat is a tangy and appetizing savory. It is also one of the most popular Iftar time snacks just like fruit salad and pakodas. For people who don’t have a sweet tooth or those who look for a spicy delight after having sevaiyyan, this dish is just the right thing to chow down.
5. DAHI PHULKI/BHALLE
This spicy and sweet snack is a dish you’ll find on the dining table of every Muslim family on Eid. Made from pakodas, Imli ki chutney, spices and curd, this mouth watering delicacy is a must have during this festival. People often prefer having Dahi Bhallas/Phulki along with Biryani , owing to the blend of sweet and spicy flavor that this combination offers.
This Middle Eastern non-vegetarian dish is the essence of a true Muslim ‘daawat’. Be it festival celebration or a wedding, kebabs are part and parcel of every festive occassion. Made from chicken, mutton or fish with grounded spices, this delicacy is bound to captivate one and all, thanks to its rich aroma and zesty flavor.
Surely this lip smacking dish needs no overture. It is one of the most popular dishes of the South Asian cuisine. Biryani is known for its exquisite aroma and luscious flavor. Like Kebabs, Biryani is also inevitable part of all celebrations in a Muslim family. Not to mention that Eid would be incomplete without this dish on your festive time platter.
2. QIMAM KI SEVAIYYAN
This palatable dish is a variant of Sheer as it is made from the same ingredient, roasted vermicilli. The difference is just that milk is excluded from its recipe. Unlike Sheer, it is served hot. Qimam sevaiyyan is well suited for those who find Sheer a bit too sweet.Prepared with ghee, sugar and lots of dry fruit, this dish is fingerlicking good for sure! You will certainly find both Sheer and Qimam being served in every Muslim household during this festival.
And finally, how can we forget the essence of Eid? Sheer! Popularly known as sewaiyyan, Sheer is the delectable sweetdish that is the overriding delicacy of Eid. It is a delightful combination of milk, sugar, nuts, khoya and roasted vermicilli. Flavored with kewra and elaichi (cardamom) its aroma is sure to make your mouth water! It’s the first dish to be served right after Eid prayers.
So, how many dishes have you tried from this festive fare? Make sure that you savour all of them this festive season.
And Yeah, Eid Mubarak!