Eid Mubarak everyone! The month of Ramadan has come to an end and Muslims around the world are coming together with their families and communities to celebrate the holiday Eid-al-fitr. There will be fun, there will be joy and of course there will be food -- what holiday would be complete without it?
What will be on the menu? Well that depends entirely on the country. Here is a list of some family favourites from around the world.
What family feast would be complete without Biryani? The dish finds it origins in the sub-continent of India, developed by the Muslim population but its popularity has spread throughout the world. The two main ingredients are meat, anything from chicken, to beef, even to seafood, and rice. It is the condiments and spices that turn this simple dish into a delicious, aromatic meal. Ghee, cardamom, nutmeg, garlic, cinnamon, tomatoes, ginger, coriander and bay leaves to name just a few. If you are feeling fancy add in some saffron and for a sweeter taste some fruits – apple and pineapple come highly recommended.
The continent of Australia is as diverse in its population as it is large and so it is hard to pin down a single dish to represent the country. The unofficial national dish of Australia is lamb and for one Australian student her Eid al-fitr celebrations with friends will be just that. Cooked in the European style these millennial Muslims are looking forward to a large roast. Roasted potatoes covered in rosemary, hot gravy and steamed vegetables will all be available at the table.
Doro Wat is the perfect dish for a large celebration. The stew is a delicious and hearty combination of meat, beef, chicken, or lamb, the choice is yours, vegetables and spices. Berbere, a blend of basil, garlic, chilli, ginger, and radhuni and much more, is the favourite, go-to spice combination. Served in a large dish, Doro Wat should be eaten communally -- scooped out of the dish with a piece of injera, a flat bread, making it the perfect dish to sit around and share together.
Often spoken of as how simple it is to make, Om Ali is more than likely to find its way onto the menu this Eid al-fitr. This Egyptian bread pudding is made of a delicious combination of filo-pastry, toasted hazelnuts, pistachios, raisins and shredded coconut. The moisture is added as the ingredients are cooked in a mixture of sugar, ehta balady (clotted cream) and milk. Broiled and served warm this dish will leave a golden glow in everyone’s stomachs and hearts.
What feast would be complete without sweets and what sweets would be complete without baklava? Layers of filo-pastry are separated by crushed almonds, walnuts or pistachios that are mixed in with a blend of cardamom, sugar and butter, making this nutty treat taste absolutely divine. Topped with an orange blossom and lemon syrup it is no surprise that baklava is a long-lasting favourite. It is perhaps enjoyed best as a final dish after a day of feasting, served in small slices with coffee or tea. What better way is there to unwind and relax after a busy day with family and friends?