After an entire month of fasting, Muslims around the world commemorate the end of the Holy month of Ramadaan with a celebration called Eid. On this special occasion, people offer prayers to the Almighty and gather later in the day for a glorious feast. Eid spreads are traditionally a lavish affair and an utterly indulgent event. If you're planning on hosting one at home or want to try some traditional favorites, we've handpicked a list of our favorite Eid-ul-Fitr dishes from across the globe that you should indulge in during this joyous occasion.
Let's be honest. No Eid is complete without this iconic dessert. Sheer Khurma is almost synonymous with Eid celebrations in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It consists of a sweet milk pudding and vermicelli, garnished with generous heaps of ghee-roasted dry fruits and nuts like pistachios, raisins, almonds, cashew nuts, and more. One cannot help but drool at the mention of this decadent Eid delicacy.
A thicker and richer version of seviyan topped with lotus seeds, coconut shavings, and other dried fruits is something you must absolutely not miss during this Eid.
A month-long fast calls for a sumptuous feast. Malaysians enjoy the Eid celebrations with beef rendang, a stew simmered in a spice paste, and creamy coconut milk. The flavor in this curry is impeccable and it is a common staple in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other neighboring countries during Eid.
This is another dish you will find in several Eid spreads across the globe. From Pakistan to India to Bangladesh to the United Kingdom to South Africa, biryani is a quintessential part of many Eid celebrations. The fragrant rice cooked over a succulent yogurt-based meat curry is a delight to Muslims all over the globe. The concoction of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper, cloves and more is another factor that makes people crave this flavorful dish even more on Eid. It is best when paired with mild yogurt raita or a spicy salan if you are feeling adventurous.
Every Indian and Pakistani household will feature these smoky kebabs during Eid. Made with marinated meat grilled to perfection over charcoal using skewers, Seekh kebab is a basic part of the Eid platter for several Muslims.
Need a snack to munch on in between those heavy Eid feasts? Here’s an utterly buttery cookie. This delicacy has been a fan-favorite in Palestine Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Egypt. They are heavenly cookies made out of butter and pine nuts and almonds and can even be stuffed or plain. Popular cookie stuffing includes dates, walnuts, or even honey.
You must have come across pictures of a giant lamb leg serenading Eid spreads. Rain or whole mutton legs are fried and served with potatoes and fresh vegetables over a bed of rice.
This Indonesian Eid dessert was inspired by the Dutch colonial times. When once it was a luxury only the rich could afford, it is now a staple in South East Asia. It consists of layers of baked batter crepes glued together with a sweet and spicy sticky jam. The final product is an aesthetically pleasing patterned layered colorful cake that you will want to dig into straight away.
This is a rich stew consisting of pounded meat slow-cooked with lentils and wheat to form a thick soup-like consistency, perfect to break one’s fast with on Eid!
Another very filling main dish featuring meat slow braised in a plethora of spices and dry fruits. You will not be surprised to see this dish starring in many North African Eidul-Fitr feasts. This aromatic meat dish is a culinary delight due to the fusion of flavors of honey, meat, spices, and dry fruits.
Xinjiang, also known as the home of the Uyghur Muslims of China were known to celebrate Eid with hand-pulled noodles, dumplings, spiced skewers, steamed buns, and more. Tender bits of lamb meat are marinated in an array of fragrant spices such as ginger, coriander, chili, nutmeg, cumin and grilled over charcoal to make these mouthwatering skewers.
A super-rich dessert featuring bread sauteed in loads of ghee, topped with heavy cream, evaporated milk, syrup, and dried fruits. Indian and Pakistani Eids are never complete without this indulgent sweet.
Another Chinese delicacy makes the list. Eid in China has its own set of traditions and customs such as visiting the elders of the family and then gathering at home to eat Yu Xiang. Yu Xiang is a traditional bread snack that goes well with soups, stews, and rice.
If you are looking to eat something slightly healthier than all the other protein and fat-rich dishes mentioned here, this Afghani stuffed flatbread is perfect. Stuffings include spinach, greens, lentils, potatoes, and more.
This jelly-like Yemeni dessert is pretty similar to a Mexican flan and is a common sight during family Eid feasts. The wheat and honey-based delicacy is also enjoyed in Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Libya as well.
A fully flavor doused mutton curry complete with aromatic spices, cashew paste, and rose water, simmered to perfection. You must eat this with sheermal or naan for the best Eid experience.
Versions of this sweet and savory flaky flatbread will be served on the Eid platters of Pakistani and Indian Muslim homes. Infused with saffron essence, this bread pairs perfectly with stews and curries especially kormas and nihari.
Did these dishes get you hungry already?! Me too… Eid is right around the corner. And if you are celebrating, here’s wishing you and your family Mubarak!