5 mouthwatering Eid dishes you should try this month, depending on where you are in the world
June started on a high note as it coincided with the annual Eid celebrations. Also referred to as Eid al-Fitr, this holiday can be said to be the most iconic and important in Islam. It marks the gathering of Muslim brothers and sisters after their steady observation of Ramadan. Because Muslims come from all backgrounds and cultures across the globe, the annual celebration of Eid comes in all colours, forms… and of course, tastes. If you love food as much as the rest of us at Fayyaz Travels, then you must know that there is more to the traditional Eid feast than meets the eye. Want to know more about how other cultures eat their way through this festive month? The following dishes are six of the best-served staples during Eid across the world.
1. Rendang from Malaysia and Singapore
In both Malaysia and Singapore, Eid is referred to as ‘Hari Raya’, a Malay term that translates into “a day of celebration”. Many food photos hashtagged with #HariRaya every year would show you that Eid in this side of the world is not truly complete without some rendang to indulge in. Though it came from the Minangkabau people in Indonesia, most Malay communities in Southeast Asia consider it to be a staple in their own traditional cuisine today. This spicy dish combines meat such as chicken, beef and lamb with the rich combination of coconut milk and a paste typically made of ginger, garlic, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass, and chilli. Rendang is no good on its own; it is typically served with ketupat or sticky rice wrapped in cooked coconut leaves.
2. Tagine from Morocco
Tagine derives its name from the traditional pot that it is cooked in. Typically served with couscous or flatbread, it is eaten all-year-round, including and especially during Eid Celebrations. This slow-cooked stew is made of meaty ingredients such as poultry, fish, or meat, and lofty vegetables. The recipe for tagine changes depending on the region from which it is borrowed. This Moroccan dish is not popular for nothing; it is so good, it is also enjoyed across North Africa and in many other parts of the world!
3. Roast lamb from the Middle East
One can say that it is not truly Eid without some roast lamb, particularly in Middle Eastern countries. This traditional dish may be more prominently associated with Eid Al-Adha (another important celebration in the Muslim calendar), but there is no rule that says it cannot reach and tantalise tastebuds on Eid al-Fitr! Recipes for roast lamb vary from one region to another, but they almost
4. Sheer khurma from India
It’s not all savoury dishes and no sweets, as India’s serving of sheer khurma during Eid would prove. Served as a traditional Eid dessert across India, this Mughlai dish is distinguished through its combination of milk, sugar, dates, and dried fruits with — believe it or not — roasted vermicelli! Made with love and utter devotion, the sheer khurma is prepared by cooking the roasted vermicelli in milk until it softens, a feat that in turn thickens the milk into a frothy broth. The entire dish reaches a refreshing sweetness when the natural sugar from the added dried fruits sets in.
5. Oruk from Turkey
There are many festive dishes to savour in Turkey when Eid arrives, but nothing tantalises the inquiring tongue quite like Turkey’s oruk. Originating from Antakya in the country’s southern region, oruk is basically a serving of baked meatballs. Now, the richness of oruk does not end at these meatballs’ winning exterior of bulgur dough and semolina. What makes each bite of oruk so wonderful is the fact that the meatballs come stuffed with beef, onion, and refreshing herbs such as parsley, black pepper, cumin, and red pepper. Can you say, yum?
Curious to find out how other cultures celebrate Eid Mubarak with your own eyes? Check in with our team at Fayyaz Travels today to create your own holy holiday abroad!