The celebration of Eid al-Adha is a joyous and holy moment and special occasion for the Muslim community around the world. Eid al-Adha is marked on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the twelfth month of the lunar based Islamic calendar. The day also marks the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage. Known popularly as Bakrid or Bakra Eid, Eid al- Adha means the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’. According to legend, the holy occasion is marked to honour the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim .The story goes that the Prophet kept on having a dream about slaughtering his son Ismail to fulfill the wishes of Allah. On explaining the dreams to Ismail, he ordered his father to do on what he kept seeing in his sleep. As Prophet Ibrahim was preparing for the sacrifice, the Almighty became impressed with him and sent Angel Gabriel with a lamb from heaven so that it can be slaughtered in place of his son Ismail. In this way, the festival of Eid al-Adha begun and a goat or lamb is sacrificed annually on this day. As per the tradition, some of the meat is distributed to the family offering the sacrifice while the rest is distributed among the poor and needy.
As every celebration is marked with the preparation and feasting on delectable fares, Eid al-Adha is also no different. A variety of mouth-watering delicacies are prepared for celebrating Eid al-Adha in a grand manner. Community feasts are a common sight in homes as people get together with their closed ones to eat a hearty meal happily. People offer their early morning prayers to the Almighty Allah just before the sun enters the zuhr time (mid-day prayer time) which is followed by a sermon by the imam. Meanwhile, families step out in their new attires to visit and greet their closed ones and various kinds of sweets are shared to celebrate the joyous and holy occasion. It is believed that offering donation on Eid al-Adha is very good for the one performing the generous deed.
With the coronavirus pandemic going on, festivals should be celebrated in a much restricted manner. However, you can enjoy the beautiful festival of Eid al-Adha with these special dishes at home.
The richest and the yummiest variety of dish that is prepared with the staple food rice, Biryani never fails to lavishly satiate our taste buds every time we have it. A combination of freshly prepared aromatic rice mixed with the spicy and richly prepared chicken or mutton is a heavenly dish that can make a simple everyday meal turn into a party fare just with its presence on the dining table. However, Biryani can turn out to be extremely tastier if it is mixed with a creamier and lavish chicken or mutton curry. As the taste of Biryani lingers longer in the tongue after gulping it and being an overwhelmingly satisfying dish, it has remained a favourite for all from days of yore.
A grilled delicacy, Kababs make for great starters before tucking into a hearty meal. A plate of these succulent delights and a cup of Masala Chai is a great combination for a family to come together on the dining table and converse over some latest issues or it can be just plain talk. The best thing about Kababs is that these grilled form of snacks, mostly meat based, lure everyone with its delicious aroma to come together and not sit moody in a corner. With a bite of these crunchy delights to gorge on and laughing over some funny jokes, Eid al-Adha 2021 will be a great family bonding time and there cannot be a better way to celebrate the festival as, after all, every celebration is about coming together to spend some quality time with each other.
The dish that breathes life into a main course meal of every festival or party, Korma enchants everyone with its deliciousness and aroma. With an array of vegetables or meat cooked with yoghurt, cream, spices and mixed with water or stock to form an extremely rich and tasty sauce or curry, Korma enhances the deliciousness of the rice based dishes by mingling smoothly with the freshly steamed grains. Moreover, Korma also has a wonderful history that is as interesting as the dish itself. A well-known Mughlai dish, Korma was well relished by the Mughal royals. It is said that the White Chicken Korma richly garnished with silver foil was served to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his guests during the inauguration of Taj Mahal.
The dish that has become a party hit in the recent times, Koftas also make a great addition to relish during a main course meal. The balls of meat or vegetables that are soft and easily melts in the mouth with each bite is tasty, healthy and filling too. Although Koftas are cooked with various spices and are great to be relished in its dried form, most of them are added in a thick based sauce or gravy to enhance its taste. Koftas have become a popular food item among youngsters because of the versatility of the dish. Prepared either with vegetarian or non-vegetarian items, Kofta can be enjoyed either as a great snack / starter or relished even with a delicious gravy during a main course meal. However, in most of the Indian festivals or parties, Kofta is served with a rich and spicy gravy.
One of the richest varieties of dessert that is mostly enjoyed during Eid in Asian countries, Sheer Khurma is prepared with vermicelli, whole milk and huge varieties of dried fruits like dates, pistachios, almonds, raisins and flavoured also with rose water. With so much of sweetness combined in a bowl, it goes without saying that Sheer Khurma is indeed a mood lifter and can literally elevate the festive spirit. Served hot or cold, Sheer Khurma can never fail to delight a person with its superb creaminess and sweetness. Sheer Khurma is served on the morning of Eid as a breakfast dish after the offering of prayers. Therefore, it can be said that the festive spirit of Eid remains incomplete without having a bowl of Sheer Khurma
If you like to enjoy a simple dessert during Eid, Sewaiyan is the answer for you. Although Sewaiyan is a much simpler vermicelli dish than Sheer Khurma, it can still be a delicious form of dessert that is enjoyed during Eid celebrations. Prepared with milk, sugar and vermicelli, Sewaiyan is often enjoyed as a dessert in the Indian subcontinent in many festivals. However, some dried fruits can also be added to Sewaiyan to enhance its taste. Sewaiyan can also be considered as a classic dessert as it never fails to charm anyone with its simplicity in taste, aroma and appearance.
If you like Kheer, then you can enjoy Phirni in this Eid celebration. Although Phirni is a rich version of the classic rice pudding Kheer, Eid al-Adha is the best time to enjoy it because festivals are the only events when we can satiate our taste buds and stomach with sinful and creamy sweet based dishes, isn’t it? With the presence of dried fruits elevating the sweetness of the rice pudding and further flavoured with rose water and saffron, Phirni is indeed a heavenly dish to have in any kind of celebrations. The festive spirit will only increase with the sweetness, aroma and taste of Phirni.
With the above list of dishes to feast on, Eid al-Adha 2021 will be a great time to spend with your family. Eid Mubarak everyone!