Here is just a selection of the best Eid al-Fitr foods and dishes from around the world,
The term ‘Eid-Ul-Fitr’ literally means post-fast festivities in Arabic. It marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It is believed that fasting is forbidden on the day of Eid . It is indeed a celebration —that revolves heavily around food.
Therefore, most Muslim households prepare for a lavish feast consisting of rich and delicious food and desserts. The sweets or desserts have a special place on the Eid-ul-Fitr menu as the festival is also known as “meethi Eid” or “sweet Eid”
Seviyan, or vermicelli noodles, are toasted and served dried or boiled called sheer khurma. The milky dish – made of toasted vermicelli-esque noodles, known as seviyan (or sevaiyan) – is sometimes topped with almonds or includes dried dates. This sweet offering is sometimes known as shemai and is considered one of the most popular and auspicious Eid dishes.It is the traditional Eid breakfast in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Morocco’s Eid breakfast of choice is laasida, or buttered couscous.
Iraqis start the day with a meal of buffalo cream with honey and bread.
Sweets are particularly popular. Iraqis make a rosewater-scented, date-filled pastry called klaicha.
A similar cookie called mamoul, served in Lebanon, Syria, is filled with dates or ground walnuts. Palestinians make a butter cookie with almonds or pine nuts called ghraybeh.
Indonesians eat lapis legit, a rich “thousand-layered” spice cake that was introduced by the former Dutch colonists.
In the Netherlands, it’s called spekkoek
In Egypt, fish is usually the main attraction, while lamb is often featured in Iraq, Indonesia, and elsewhere. Beef is also popular, as in the Malaysian dish beef rendang, a spicy coconut curry.
One of the most popular Eid dishes in Uk is easily a biryani, highly flavourful, heavily spiced dish of meat and rice. Served with raita, salad and pickles on the side.
Eid in Afghanistan is a primarily child-oriented celebration, which involves many special festivities specifically designed for the youngest members of the household. one of the most traditional Afghan dishes at this time of year is bolani, a flatbread stuffed with either leafy greens, such as spinach, potatoes, pumpkin or lentils.
While Eid al-Fitr is known as Hari Raya in Malaysia, there are plenty of traditional dishes associated with the celebration, the most notable of which is the spicy coconut curry known as rendang. While beef may not be popular for the UK biryani dish, it’s the main ingredient in Malaysia’s popular Eid dish.
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