Food is an integral part of celebration, when it comes to any festival! And the holy festival Eid Al Adha, which literally means the “sacrifice feast”, is celebrated across the world by Muslims preparing traditional Eid Al Adha food comprising elaborate dishes and desserts. With Eid Al Adha 2018 barely a week away, sinking your teeth into some insanely delicious Eid dishes should be at the top of your agenda!
Also popularly known as “Bakr Eid”, Eid Al Adha is a dream come true for foodies, especially meat lovers, with a tantalising spread of aromatic, rich, flavoursome delicacies! We bring to you 8 mouth-watering traditional Eid food from around the world that you can indulge in, if you’re in the UAE or enjoying the Eid holidays in one of these countries:
8 traditional Eid Al Adha dishes from around the world
1) Tagine from Morocco
Named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked, Tagine is a Moroccan dish that is popular across North Africa and is savoured worldwide during Eid Al Adha celebrations (also otherwise). This super-delicious recipe comprises of slow-cooked, savoury stews laced with ingredients like poultry, meat, or fish, steamed to a juicy perfection along with vegetables.
2) Oruk (Baked Icli Kofte) from Turkey
Known as Kurban Bayramı in Turkey, Eid Al Adha is celebrated with gusto where elaborate family feasts are prepared. One dish that turns up at all festive occasions is “Oruk” that’s originally from Antakya, Turkey. These are delicious baked meatballs made from bulgur dough and semolina that are stuffed with ground meat like beef, crushed walnuts, grated onions and an assortment of herbs and spices like parsley, black pepper, cumin, red pepper and salt. Drool-worthy, right?!
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3) Roast lamb popular across all Middle-Eastern countries
There’s no way you can celebrate Eid Al-Adha 2018 and not indulge yourself in some salacious roast lamb – a popular and traditional Eid dish across the Middle East! Lamb being the traditional Eid Al Adha food, every inch of this recipe screams Eid Mubarak! For this heavenly recipe to become a reality, the meat is coated with spices, herbs, and butter, before being slow roasted to savoury tenderness, in an oven.
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Mouth-watering traditional Eid Al Adha food
4) Biryani from India
Nothing beats annihilating a heap of aromatic, spicy, princely mutton biryani, cooked the royal style! A popular rice dish from South Asia that originated in India, Biryani make it to almost every holiday celebration, especially those which need an entire crew to be fed. Oozing with vegetables, meat, spices, and aromatic herbs, Biryani is a sure-shot show stopper for any celebration and is a traditional Eid Al Adha food in India!
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5) Nalli Nihari from India
With its roots in India (Delhi or Lucknow), this insanely delectable, melt-in-the-mouth Eid speciality first found its place in the kitchens of the Moghul royalty. Slowly garnering fame across the world, Nalli Nihari is a slow-cooked meat gravy (mainly lamb or beef, along with bone marrow) garnished with flavoursome spices, fresh vegetables, and coriander leaves.
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6) Maamoul from Lebanon & Jordan
This melt-in-your-mouth traditional cookie of Lebanese origin finds its way to holiday tables across the Middle East on Eid Al Adha. When all the guests have arrived, or after you’re done devouring a scrumptious Eid Al-Adha feast, that’s when Maamoul is best savoured (preferably with a cup of piping hot tea or coffee). Shaped in the form of domes, balls, or flat cookies, these buttery, crumbly, shortbread pastries explode with a sinful filling of dates, walnuts, pistachios, sugar and rose water. These pastries are called Maamoul in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, but are known as Kombe in south Turkey and as Kahk in Egypt.
7) Herbel from Morocco
A traditional Eid breakfast across Muslim households, Herbel is a sweetened porridge-like soup that has probably crossed centuries. Originally a Moroccan delicacy, this simple dish constitutes of wheat grains slow-cooked in milk and butter, until the dish gets its legendary smooth texture. Make sure this yummy treat is a part of your Eid Al-Adha 2018 breakfast!
8) Sheer Khurma from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh
The holy grail of all Eid desserts across Central Asia, Sheer Khurma nails the festive occasion with its rich, subtle flavours and crunchy dry fruits. Sheer Khurma is essentially a Mughlai dessert prepared using vermicelli, milk, sugar, dates, and dried fruits. Roasted vermicelli is cooked in milk till it softens and the mixture thickens, later topped with a reasonable handful of fried dry fruits.