The celebration of Eid ul-Fitr – otherwise known as Sweet Eid – unites Muslims around the globe as they observe the end of the sunup to sundown period of fasting known as Ramadan. Food is a staple of the Eid celebration, as families and friends come together to enjoy an elaborate and exquisitely prepared feast in each other’s company. So for this Eid, the Food Experts at Ricebowl Asia figured that we could compile a list of the best Eid ul-Fitr foods and dishes from around the globe, sweet, savory and definitely festive.
Morocco: Laasida and Tagine
Morocco kicks the day off with a breakfast of laasida, a dish that looks similar to rice pudding but consists of couscous, butter, honey and seasoning. Simple, yet sweet (which may explain why Eid is so often known as Sweet Eid), Laasida may start the day, but a traditional tagine often finishes it. Popular throughout all of North Africa at this time of year, tagines most commonly use chicken, although, for Eid, it’s not unusual to see mutton-meat tagines with dried fruits instead.
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh: Sheer Khurma
For Eid al-Fitr, in countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, it’s typical to indulge in a creamy dish known as sheer khurma (or korma/kurma). 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.
Indonesia: Lapis Legit
Indonesia’s history of the Dutch colonisation had been preserved in a mouthwatering sounding thousand layered spice cake to celebrate the end of fasting month of Ramadan. Called by Indonesians as lapis legit, it is also pretty favorable in the Netherlands – with a different name, spekkoek. Lapis legit is legitimately one of the most time-consuming Eid dishes as each layer is made from poured and broiled batter, before being assembled into the finished product.
The celebration of Eid in Afghanistan can be defined as a child-oriented celebration, in which festivities are specifically catered for the youngest members of the household. But it is always a family affair when it comes to food, and 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. As one of the few savoury dishes enjoyed for Eid, the bolani definitely merits a spot on this list. Dip it in some yoghurt or have it with some feta cheese – Asia’s Food Experts will come to your house if you’re making this!
Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq: Butter Cookies
A definite favourite in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, these butter cookies have different names and ingredients in each country. Palestinians calls them graybeh and include either pine nuts or almonds in the recipe, while in Syria and Lebanon, they are known as mamoul and would normally feature walnuts or dates. Iraq knows them as klaicha, while Egypt is also partial to a similar cookie, called kahk, this time filled with a honey-based stuffing.
One of the most popular Eid dishes In the UK would easily be a classic biryani, a deliciously harmonized dish that brings together meat and rice in a highly flavourful, heavily spiced dish. While chicken is typical, it’s not uncommon to see a whole spectrum of meats used for the Eid biryani, from mutton and lamb to goat. Served with raita (cucumber, mint and yoghurt dip), salad and pickles on the side, it’s easy to see why this is a year-round favourite in the UK too.
Eid ul-Fitr is actually known as Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Malaysia, the land of delicious food. There are plenty of traditional dishes associated with the celebration, the most notable being 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, also enjoyed in Indonesia and the rest of the Malay diaspora, which includes Singapore, Brunei, and parts of the Philippines
Russia is another country that marks Eidul Fitr with some suitably delicious dishes, and while Russian cuisine as a whole doesn’t exactly have the best reputation, this is one offering you’ll want to try. Known as manti, which are basically stuffed dumplings, they contain either seasoned lamb or beef, and these savoury bites often form the base of the Eid feast in Russia. However, the recipes can vary from region to region, so you might never find two that taste the same.
Source: The Express Tribune