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Traditional Eid dishes must-haves

Traditional Eid dishes must-haves

Maamoul - Levantine countries like Syria, Jordan and Lebanon

This melt-in-your-mouth traditional cookie of Lebanese origin finds its way to holiday tables across the Middle East on Eid Al Adha. When all the guests have arrived, or after you’re done devouring a scrumptious Eid Al-Adha feast, that’s when Maamoul is best savoured (preferably with a cup of piping hot tea or coffee). Shaped in the form of domes, balls, or flat cookies, these buttery, crumbly, shortbread pastries explode with a sinful filling of dates, walnuts, pistachios, sugar and rose water. These pastries are called Maamoul in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, but are known as Kombe in south Turkey, as Kahk in Egypt & Sudan and Kleicha is a very similar cookie enjoyed in Iraq

Herbel and Tajine - Morocco

Named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked, Tagine is a Moroccan dish that is popular across North Africa and is savoured worldwide during Eid Al Adha celebrations (also otherwise). This super-delicious recipe comprises of slow-cooked, savoury stews laced with ingredients like poultry, meat, or fish, steamed to a juicy perfection along with vegetables.

A traditional Eid breakfast across Muslim households, Herbel is a sweetened porridge-like soup that has probably crossed centuries. Originally a Moroccan delicacy, this simple dish constitutes of wheat grains slow-cooked in milk and butter, until the dish gets its legendary smooth texture. Make sure this yummy treat is a part of your Eid Al-Adha

Cambaabur

This is a Somali Eid bread similar to injera in texture but has different spices added to it. On Eid it’s typically served sweet with sprinkled sugar and topped with yogurt for a tangy contrast. This recipe is also very popular in Djibouti and may have originated there.

Lokum and Oruk (Baked Icli Kofte) - Turkey

What we know in English as “Turkish delight,” lokum is a favorite for holidays like Eid in Turkey. This gel-like dessert is a combination of starch, sugar, and other fillings like dates, pistachios, and walnuts. Tastes good and is also one of the most beautiful Eid desserts as it comes in many different colors.

Known as Kurban Bayramı in Turkey, Eid Al Adha is celebrated with gusto where elaborate family feasts are prepared. One dish that turns up at all festive occasions is "Oruk" that's originally from Antakya, Turkey. These are delicious baked meatballs made from bulgur dough and semolina that are stuffed with ground meat like beef, crushed walnuts, grated onions and an assortment of herbs and spices like parsley, black pepper, cumin, red pepper and salt.

Lapis legit – Indonesia

This is an Indonesian take on traditional Dutch layer cakes that was developed during colonial times. It’s made like a typical cake with flour, butter, and eggs, but contains Indonesian spices like cardamom and clove. It takes a lot of effort to prepare the cake and so is seen as a delicacy to eat on special occasions.

Nalli Nihari and Biryani from India

What we know in English as “Turkish delight,” lokum is a favorite for holidays like Eid in Turkey. This gel-like dessert is a combination of starch, sugar, and other fillings like dates, pistachios, and walnuts. Tastes good and is also one of the most beautiful Eid desserts as it comes in many different colors.

Known as Kurban Bayramı in Turkey, Eid Al Adha is celebrated with gusto where elaborate family feasts are prepared. One dish that turns up at all festive occasions is "Oruk" that's originally from Antakya, Turkey. These are delicious baked meatballs made from bulgur dough and semolina that are stuffed with ground meat like beef, crushed walnuts, grated onions and an assortment of herbs and spices like parsley, black pepper, cumin, red pepper and salt.

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