Eid-e-Milad, also known as Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, is an occasion celebrated by Muslims all over the world with great zeal and enthusiasm. The day marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. The celebration begins with a special prayer, seeking harmony and peace. Mosques and homes are beautifully decorated and devotees wave green flags in unison.
The contemporary celebration of Eid-e-Milad also involves wearing new clothes, visiting family and friends, and, enjoying the exotic delicacies specially prepared on this day. The feasting begins with a mouth-watering platter comprising of the traditionally prepared kebabs, sheer khurma, biryani, sevaiyan, haleem, and kormas. Needless to say, these lip-smacking dishes are simply irresistible for anyone who has a good taste for food and with a huge appetite.
Here are some exquisite picks from the popular middle-eastern menu offered during the Eid-e-Milad celebrations. Let’s learn more about Islamic cuisine and add a few mouth-watering dishes to our list of must-haves.
Fattah is the most savoured Egyptian food prepared during grand celebrations. It is a splendid combination of spiced, boiled beef or lamb gregariously scattered over a layer of rice and garnished with pita bread. The dish is then served with a tomato sauce with lots of garlic in it, giving it a distinctive garlicky flavour. Especially prepared during occasions, Fattah is generally consumed during a woman’s first pregnancy or during Iftar in the holy month of Ramadan. It has multiple versions of preparation, from region to region. But the most famous ones are the Egyptian and the Levantine style of cooking.
Thareed Laham is another popular dish in Arabia. Primarily cooked during the auspicious month of Ramadan, it is a common early morning food, which is both light and wholesome at the same time. This food consists of crispy flatbread, drenched in a layer of meat soup. Mentioned in the hadith of the Prophet Mohammad, it has a significant reputation among Muslims. It can either be cooked with lamb, chicken, beef or with vegetables only.
None of the food arrangements for a grand feast on Eid-e-Milad is complete without succulent and juicy kebabs. Kebab Iraqi is indeed an absolute delight. These kebabs are cooked with minced meat of lamb and have equal proportions of lamb fat. Cooked over barbecue charcoal, with a mix of ground spices slathered on top, the Kebab Iraqi is an exceptional appetizer. Its robust flavour is drawn from the smokiness of the charcoal. Once cooked, the outer part is crisp and juicy, while the inside is salty and fatty. They are appreciated all over the world for being heavenly flavourful. Works wonderfully as a starter before the main course buffet is laid out.
Mansaf is another popular dish eaten all across middle-eastern countries. Personified as the national dish of Jordan, Mansaf is extremely popular in Palestine, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. This dish is particularly served during special occasions such as marriages, Eid-e-Milad, Eid-ul-Fitr, in honour of a guest, and on certain national holidays. It is eaten in the Bedouin style, wherein people gather around the platter. The dish was initially prepared with camel or lamb meat slowly cooked in a meat broth and served with a side of shrak or markook—a kind of bread. It was not until the late 1920s when rice was incorporated and introduced into the dish. The introduction of sour fermented yoghurt to the dish is also a recent development.
Meethi Sevaiyan (Indian dessert)
Eid-e-Milad celebration is indeed incomplete without the meethi sevaiyan. This sweet dish is offered to any visiting guest on this day. Even if nothing else is prepared, this sweet dish can be whipped up in a jiffy. Its key ingredients are vermicelli (sewai), milk, sugar, and dry fruits. Some prefer to cook it dry as well. Regardless of how you prefer to cook it, whether dry or with milk, you can enjoy the sweet seviyan as a dessert after finishing a meal or serve it as an appetizer.
The true essence of any festival is the coming together of people for the sake of love, peace, and joy. And what better way to connect than over good food. So during this festive season, let us rejoice and unite! Eid-e-Milad un-Nabi Mubarak!
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