Eid al-Fitr is not only a time for forgiveness; it is also a time for family and friends to gather and observe the holy festival. Indeed, with any festivity, it is never complete without a mouth-watering spread of traditional cuisine! Here are our must-have Eid al-Fitr dishes and delicacies that are relished and cherished by people from across the globe.
India: Seviyan ki Kheer
Hailing from the land of spices, Seviyan ki Kheer is essentially a thick and creamy dessert that is prepared with ghee-laced vermicelli strands, milk and sugar. This effortless treat is also mixed with toasted nuts and can be served either hot or cold.
Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq: Butter Cookies
This Middle Eastern snack is a crowd favourite with its soft, melt-in-your-mouth filling and its crunchy pistachio-laden topping. This cookie also differs from every country: known as graybeh in Palestine, using pine nuts or almonds; mamoul in Syria and Lebanon, featuring walnuts or dates; kahk in Egypt with a honey-based filling; and klaicha in Iraq.
China: You Xiang
Simple in appearance, You Xiang is a symbolic Chinese dish enjoyed during this festivity. This snack is made using only flour, oil and a pinch of salt and is then deep fried. Yes, it’s that easy!
Sudan, Yemen, Saudi, Libya: Aseeda
Aseeda – also recognised as Aseed or Asida – is a flour-based dish that is savoured mostly in western and southern Africa, Saudi Arabia and Libya. The base of this dish varies in different regions from wheat flour to corn flour, pearl millet flour and even potato starch.
This delicious dumpling dish is one of the most popular fares consumed throughout Russia today. It is typically prepped with seasoned ground beef or lamb and wrapped in homemade steamed dough. Manti or Mantu is also enjoyed in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Uzbekistan.
Another delightful Eid cuisine loved by Afghan natives is their famous fried flatbread. This local vegetarian affair is made with spinach, potatoes, pumpkin or lentil stuffing, and is served with a side of cooling mint yogurt.
If you’re feeling adventurous this Raya, spice up your food prep with these timeless delicacies and find all the ingredients you need at your nearest Cold Storage!