Eid Al Adha is a festive occasion that is celebrated by millions of Muslims worldwide. Each culture has its own way of celebrating with family, friends and loved ones, but despite the many differences one thing is constant: delicious food. Different cultures have their own unique traditional dishes, which generally use meat, that they consume during Eid. Here’s a list of some typical traditional dishes you can find in different households during Eid Al Adha:
This is a dish that’s made with lamb and yellow rice and is very common among the Qatari culture during Eid. Some also substitute the lamb meat with camel meat, which is not as common, but camels are also among animals that are sacrificed during Eid al-Adha.
Zucchini or squash stuffed with rice is a very popular dish during Eid that most Arab families enjoy.
Ma’amoul is another very popular kind of food during Eid or celebrations. They’re essentially cookies stuffed with dates or different fillings, such as pistachios or walnuts. They’re very common among Arab families from the Shami region (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine).
This dish is particularly popular among Qatari families. It’s made with lamb and rice and is usually served on a huge platter. It tastes very similar to biryani, but is special for Eid as it’s made with the meat from the animal that was sacrificed.
Mrouzia is a dish made with meat, almonds, and spices. It’s very popular among North African countries such as Morocco and Tunisia. It also generally uses the meat from the animal that was sacrificed for Eid, making it a special dish.
This is a traditional dish from the Levant region (Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon) and is made using rice, meat, and yoghurt. Mansaf is served on special occasions such as Eid, and of course uses the meat from the animal that was sacrificed.
Wara’a Enab is a very Palestinian dish and is eaten for festive occasions, such as Eid. This dish is made using grape vine leaves and rice or meat for the stuffing. Some families also enjoy the typical Arabic appetizers and salads such as Hummus, Tabouleh, and Fattoush prior to their main meals.
Biryani with Shuwa (meat)
Shuwa is an Omani delicacy and involves a special process in the way meat is cooked. The meat is roasted in an oven dug in a pit in the ground and is marinated with different spices. Shuwa is incorporated in different dishes, such as biryani for instance, or consumed as it is, like barbecue. Shuwa is mainly made for festive occasions, such as Eid.
Kaak el Eid
This is a special pastry made particularly for Eid celebrations, hence its name. They’re also very similar to cookies, made using semolina, and are also stuffed with dates, pistachio, and walnuts. Preparing kaak is a lengthy process and people usually arrange all the ingredients and start cooking it weeks before Eid.
Many Pakistani and Indian Muslims celebrate Eid with a traditional biryani. Most people tend to use lamb, from what was sacrificed, but chicken biryani is also very popular.
Baklava and Hurmašice
Baklava is originally a Turkish dessert but is enjoyed by all people. It’s made with phyllo dough, which is layered and sweetened, and topped with nuts. The dough is held together with syrup or honey. Hurmašice is also a Turkish dessert, but many European Muslims enjoy it during Eid too. It’s made using flour and oil.
Egyptians usually make it on the first day of Eid. The first layer is made with crispy bread, and under it is rice and meat cubes with tomato sauce on top. The dish is then topped off with vinegar or garlic sauce on the side.
This is a traditional Indonesian dish that uses rice and vegetables. The rice is put into a cake like form and then topped with vegetables, which are stewed. Another dish Indonesians prepare during Eid is Opor ayam, which is made using chicken and coconut milk.
This is a traditional Iraqi dish that uses most parts of the cow or sheep, such as the stomach and the head. It’s seen as a delight and is commonly prepared during Eid al-Adha by many Iraqi families. Some other signature Iraqi dishes are their Dolma (stuffed and cooked vegetables) and Maskoof (grilled or roasted fish).
Some families use the lamb or cow meat and prepare it for breakfast in their own way, which is unique to the individual families. Some families have it as a side with eggs, others have it with a side of labneh (yoghurt).
What kind of dishes do your families eat during Eid al-Adha? Are they cultural? Comment below!
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