Traditional Food for Eid Al-Adha 2019

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The most important festival in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha is just around the corner. Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, it is a four-day holiday where Muslims exchange gifts, cook cultural specialities and celebrate their faith. This festival takes place at the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Although traditions differ from family to family, but all of them have one thing in common: a delicious fiesta.

With a tremendous spread of aromatic, rich and appetizing deliciousness, Eid al-Adha is a dream come true for foodies, especially meat lovers. We have compiled a list of top 5 mouth-watering traditional food for Eid al-Adha 2019.

1. Mutton Tagine

Named after the pot in which it is cooked, Tagine is a Moroccan dish, common throughout North Africa and consumed worldwide during the first day of Eid. It is a slow-cooked, fresh, delicious stew prepared with mutton, special spices and a horde of vegetables steamed to perfection.

Traditional Food for Eid Al-Adha 2019 mutton tagine

Mutton Tagine and Biryani

2. Biryani

Originating from India, Biryani is a spicy, aromatic rice dish which is highly enjoyed in almost every holiday celebration. This royal dish is prepared along with vegetables, meat, spices and herbs. A true showstopper for all celebrations, Biryani is a traditional Eid al-Adha meal in India!

3. Roasted Lamb

Popular across all Middle Eastern countries, you cannot overlook this generous dish of Roasted Lamb. Lamb meat is marinated with spices, herbs, and butter, and then slow roasted in an oven. Every inch of this recipe reflects the spirit of Eid as the lamb is the traditional Eid Al Adha food!

Traditional Food for Eid Al-Adha 2019 lamb

Roasted Lamb and Sheer Khurma

4. Sheer Khurma

Given that, during Eid al-Adha, celebrations tend to focus more savoury foods, the subtly sweet Sheer Khurma still holds a high position on the feast platter. A Mughlai dessert, Sheer Khurma is prepared using vermicelli, milk, sugar, dates, and dried fruits. Roasted vermicelli is cooked in milk, and then softened. Once it thickens, a fair amount of fried, dry fruits is added as toppings.

5. Maamoul or Date Biscuits

Finding its way from Lebanese origin to the traditional feast table of Eid al-Adha, these shortbread-type cookies are filled with nuts, dates or figs. Plates full of the date biscuits are often exchanged between neighbours and relatives as a delicious sweet note on which to end the feast.

Traditional Food for Eid Al-Adha 2019 Maamoul

Maamoul and Sparkling Pomegranate Juice

*Bonus* Sparkling Pomegranate Juice

A hearty meal isn’t complete without a special drink. Here’s a great alternative to fizzy sodas. Sparkling Pomegranate Juice is a naturally sweet, non-alcoholic drink perfect for celebratory treats. Best served chilled over ice and poured into stemmed glassware, this refreshing drink is both flavourful and healthy.

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