As Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan with the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, many homes prepare fabulous feast to celebrating the end of Ramadan’s dawn-to-sunset fasting.
Here are a few varieties of special Eid al Fitr foods in Muslim households and communities with specific ties to different regions of the world.
North AfricaUse of Tagines to cook is popular all over from Morocco to Algeria and Tunisia. Each country makes them very differently, but incorporates local ingredients and seasonings set in from generations of passed down recipes and traditions. Most of their meats and veggies are cooked in the tagine itself and spooned over couscous (cooked separately) when eating.
They do have a delicious fusion of all of the beautiful traditions and flavors that came with immigrants. Their Eid holiday dinner theme is usually similar to Thanksgiving where faithful enjoy turkey, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, candied yams, stuffing, cakes, and pies
Middle East, Turkey and Central Asia
The popular dish in most of the Middle Eastern countries and spans the region up to Central Asia is kabobs. This is a beef or lamb skewers and patties grilled and served in a variety of ways. It is cooked in different ways like having them as burgers or enjoying them on the skewer.
South Asia (Indian Subcontinent)
Biryani, a Basmati rice dish that originally came from Persia. It is a rice dish that includes baked or fried meat, which is then mixed with the semi-cooked rice. Indians and Pakistanis spice it up a little differently. They also include vegetarian version. Since Biryani is a pretty time-consuming dish to make, it’s often served up at special occasions like ‘Eid and no table would be complete without it!
When you go to Senegal, you will probably find many plates piled high with Ceebu Jen, a traditional recipe of rice, fish, and vegetables which is the national dish of the Senegalese