We are getting closer and closer to the Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 celebration. Every year, the end of Ramadan means it is time for the "Festival of Breaking the Fast” also known as Eid-ul-Fitr. This religious holiday is celebrated by Muslims all around the world.
For the month of Ramadan Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. When Ramadan ends, Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to thank Allah for giving those who fasted strength and endurance throughout the ritual.
This year we will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Wed, May 12, 2021. The Islamic holy month of fasting known as Ramadan follows the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, the exact period of time Ramadan takes place varies year to year.
Are you planning your Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 menu? There are so many tasty traditional dishes to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Just like other holiday dinners, what you find on the tables of families celebrating Eid varies. Often, friends and family get together and celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr by bringing a potluck style dish that is festive or traditional to their native countries.
You can find delicious Eid food from around the world so it can be hard to decide what Eid meal ingredients to buy. That’s why we are sharing some of our favorite recipes and Eid meal ingredients.
Check out three of our favorite Eid food recipes below. We have included links to purchase all the Eid meal ingredients needed to make each recipe. We also have a list of other traditional Eid foods that will get your mouth watering for the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr 2021 celebration.
Sheer Khurma Recipe
Sheer Khurma is a vermicelli pudding and a favorite for Eid-ul-Fitr. This is a sweet dish made with dates, nuts, raisins and vermicelli noodles. The pudding is roasted in nutty ghee and cooked in saffron infused milk. This dessert is known for its awesome aromas and flavors.
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup almonds slices
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 12 pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons ghee
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup thin vermicelli roasted
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1 tablespoon white poppy seeds
- 5 cups low-fat milk (divided into 3 cups then 2 cups)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 pinch saffron
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Soak pistachios in warm water for 10 mins.
- While the pistachios are soaking, slice the cashews and dates. Then remove the skin of the pistachios and slice thin.
- Heat ghee in a medium pot on the stovetop. Add almonds, pistachios, cashews, and dates. Roast for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add raisins, vermicelli, coconut and poppy seeds. Mix well and roast for another 1 to 2 minutes as coconut and poppy seeds turn light brown
- Add 3 cups of milk, sugar, and saffron then stir.
- Cook on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until it comes to a rolling boil and the vermicelli is soft.
- Add vanilla. Add an additional 1 to 2 cups of milk to your desired consistency.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Serve hot or chilled.
This rice pudding recipe is popular in India. Phirni is made by boiling milk, sugar, and rice. The rose water, saffron and cardamom plays well with rice and nut flavors.
- 3 tbsp Basmati rice
- ¼ cup water
- 5 blanched almonds peeled and sliced
- 5 blanched pistachios peeled and sliced
- 4 cups milk
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ¼ tsp green cardamom seed powder
- 4 strands saffron
- 1 tsp rose water
- Blanch almonds and pistachios by boiling in water for 20 minutes. Then peel and slice.
- Rinse rice then soak for 20 minutes. Discard soaking water.
- Grind rice into a paste using a ¼ cup of fresh water.
- Boil milk using medium heat.
- Add rice paste, cook for 15 minutes stirring frequently, until milk is thickened.
- Add sugar, cardamom powder and saffron. Cook for an additional 5 minutes stirring.
- Add rose water and remove from heat.
- Pour into serving bowls and garnish with almonds and pistachios with saffron strands.
- Chill in the refrigerator until firm.
- Serve cold.
Al Hachi Chicken Recipe
This dish is full of flavor and is a quick and easy addition to your Eid meal. Al Hachi is a flavorful fried chicken that is both sweet and savory.
- ½ pound chicken drumsticks
- 1 cup oil
- ¼ cup bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup gourd chips chopped
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- 3 tbsp mustard oil
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 4 pieces of green cardamom
- 3 pieces black cardamom
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp deggi mirch
- 1 tsp fennel seed powder
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- Salt to taste
- Chopped coriander
- Heat oil in a large skillet that is about 3/4 inch deep until it reaches 350 degrees.
- Crack egg and scramble in one bowl. Then pour breadcrumbs into another bowl.
- Working one piece at a time, dip the drumstick into egg then bread crumbs then fry in oil.
- Fry the drumsticks until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Set chicken aside and keep warm.
- In a medium skillet pour mustard oil, then add spice ingredients.
- Add in onion and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes then add in fried chicken.
- Add guard and cook for 1 minute stirring to keep from sticking
- Remove from heat and stir in ghee and garnish with chopped coriander
Looking for a versatile side dish? Try this saffron-flavored traditional flatbread from Iran. Sheermal is a full-flavored bread that is often served as a side dish along with traditional Eid foods.
Haleem is a popular stew in the Middle East and Asia. This dish is made with wheat or barley, meat and lentils and varies slightly from region to region. This dish is a popular addition to Eid meals as well as at weddings and other social occasions.
Seekh Kebab is made with spiced minced lamb, beef, or chicken. The meat is grilled on a barbecue, or in a tandoor on skewers. Seekh Kebab is usually served along with a side of green chutney and is an excellent addition to your Eid dinner table.