By Haneen Raihana
'Empty your stomach to feed your soul' - This is the essence on which the fasting month of Ramzan travels by.
The end of Ramzan, Eid, is known for its lavish feasting. On this day, Muslims offer special prayers, share their happiness with near and dear ones, provide food for those suffering and finally celebrate with a delicious meal of Traditional Eid food.
From irresistible biryanis to phirni, this year's Bawarchi list of Eid recipes has every popular food that will be a treat for your taste buds!
This traditional Ramadan food graces every house during iftar and is recognised as a popular dish across the globe.
You can prepare this porridge in both veg and non-veg version. Different variations are available and Haleem is a must-try this month. The dish is slowly cooked for several hours to achieve a paste like consistency, blending all the flavours of meat and spices.
With a tasty mix of pounded wheat, lentils, goat meat, ghee and dried fruit, this unique Haleem is sure to make your day.
Other varieties of Haleem are:
2. Easy Sheer Kurma or Sheer Khorma
Is Ramzan celebration possible without its signature dish? This creamy, yummilicious dessert pops in our minds as we think of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Traditionally, vermicelli is cooked along with milk and assorted dry fruits, especially 'Dates' as it enhances the overall taste of the dish.
Here is a very simple recipe of making our beloved sweet.
3. Tasty Nihari
Nihari is a slow-cooked meat stew that is believed to have originated in India during the reign of the Mughals. A tasty, flavoursome side dish, Nihari normally includes bone marrow.
You can choose either beef or lamb, with bones, for a good Nihari. The meat is cooked until it is soft and juicy along with spices like turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dry ginger powder, ginger-garlic paste, saunf and pepper.
This mouth-watering traditional dish is best served with any type of Indian bread. In Lucknow, Nihari is often served with multi-layered Kulcha.
4. Shahi Gulab Phirni
Phirni or Kheer finds its place in every Muslim festival and is largely consumed on regular occasions too.
Shahi Gulab Phirni is a delicious Ramadan dessert made with rice and fragrant ingredients like gulkhand, edible rose petals, almonds, pistachios and rich essence -Kewra and rose essence , which are specially used for this lovely dessert.
5. Shahi Chicken Biryani
For most of us, Eid is all about 'Biryani' and it is a real test of patience when we wait for our favourite Biryani to be made!
Shahi Chicken Biryani is an extremely popular biryani that brings out the perfect blend of Mughlai flavours. The marinated chicken and basmati rice are layered with a tasty mix of aromatic spices - all set for a complete Biryani treat!
So, what are you waiting for? Make this best ever biryani on your own and enjoy.
Other Must-Try Biryani Recipes:
6. Gosht Mughlai
Gosht Mughlai is a spicy side dish for the Ramadan main course and is prepared with tender mutton.
The meat along with ground masala consisting of poppy seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, onion, turmeric and coriander seeds is gently cooked for the meat to combine well with the savoury masala, thereby resulting in a super delicious gravy.
This traditional Mughlai dish can be relished with paratha, roti and even pulao or biryani.
7. Galouti Kebab
Galawati Kebab is made of minced mutton and is a star Awadhi dish. A raw papaya paste is traditionally used to tenderise the meat.
Lucknowi folklore has it that Galawati Kebab was created for an aging, toothless Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. Galawati means 'melt in your mouth' and was perfect for the old ruler.
Shallow fry Galouti Kebabs and serve hot with any spicy chutney.
Other varieties of Kebabs:
8. Nargisi Kofta
Koftas are scrumptious meat balls traditionally found in Middle Eastern and Asian countries. They are generally served along with a spicy curry in Indian cuisine, as a perfect accompaniment for boiled rice and any kind of bread.
This Eid special side dish involves deep fried egg balls dipped in a highly appetizing gravy. Minced chicken/mutton can be used according to your taste.
9. Hyderabadi Dum Biryani
Ramzan is incomplete without Biryani and how can we miss our all-time favourite ' Hyderabadi Dum Biryani'.
This finger-licking dish is prepared with tender, juicy chicken, basmati rice and flavoured spices - bringing together the traditional taste of Hyderabad.
The rice mix and fried onions are added layer by layer and covered with a lid making sure the pressure is not let out.
Other Hyderabadi Biryani Recipes:
10. Kheema Mutti Ka Shorva
This festive gravy is a treat to all lovers of thick, flavoursome curries.
'Minced meat' is a significant ingredient in most of the Muslim dishes and this enticing curry is best served with any rice dish, be it pulao or biryani and even rotis and chapathis.
For dry muttis, kheema (minced meat) is mixed along with turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, dhaniya powder and garam masala, then those tasty balls are deep fried.
The gravy mixture involves spicy powders, tomatoes, onions and other hot spices. Finally, the fried muttis are placed in the gravy and get ready to enjoy this easy side-dish.