Every year, twice a year we have an Eid, a celebration that proceeds great sacrifices. Eid ul Fitr celebrates the completion of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. What a great reward for sacrificing all food and drink (and a few other things) from daybreak to sunset! Eid ul Ahda, which is upon us now, is a wonderful time of celebrating the completion of the Hajj season and is celebrated every year in the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijja. Some people are visiting Mecca, the holiest site in Islam, to experience the Hajj, or annual pilgrimage. It is one of the five tenets of Islam and is mandatory upon all Muslims to perform at least once in his or her lifetime, if he/she is able to do so.
With each Eid comes a very festive time- parties, gifts, buffets and more are all part of the gatherings each and every Muslim family and home will participate in around the world. Eid ul Adha has a particular significance around food like lamb, goat, beef or chicken because it is incumbent upon those who can afford it to sacrifice an animal such as the ones mentioned. The Islamic belief is that this is in remembrance of the sacrifice of Abraham (peace be upon him) who was willing to sacrifice his only son as a command from God, which was a test upon him to do to measure his obedience to his Lord. Once he passed this test, his son Ishmael was replaced with a ram and saved from the act of being sacrificed.
That said, it’s recipe time! Here are some of the past recipes we’ve shared on My Halal Kitchen that use fresh cuts of lamb, goat, beef or chicken and can be used at your next Eid ul Adha gathering. Many of the recipes contain Saffron Road products, too, so please use the hashtag #EidulAdhaMHKSR when sharing on social media so your friends will know there’s a great recipe for Eid ul Adha, too!
One of my favorites, use acorn squash or zucchini squash if you can’t get pumpkin.
This is a favorite with my Moroccan Cooking Class students!
This next one is in my new cookbook, My Halal Kitchen: Global Recipes, Cooking Tips, Lifestyle Inspiration and it’s on the cover for a reason- it’s simply one of the most delicious taco recipes you’ll ever taste (in my very biased opinion!)- and tacos are great for serving a crowd! If you want the recipe, you can get the book on Amazon here or if you’re outside of the U.S., you should be able to get it from Amazon within your country.
This next one is a classic in my house. When I first became Muslim, Eid was a bit hard because I craved comfort celebration food and struggled with missing Italian flavors in those gatherings. Enough of that- I created my own Italian Lamb Stew and never looked back, since it’s now on the top of my list during Eid. It’s especially great for people who aren’t so keen on spicy dishes.
This is so great for a crowd, and a busy cook. Gather everything in a large pan that you’ll put into the oven and you can even make this the night before then put into the oven the next morning after Eid prayer. It’s almost like prepping for Turkey Day!
There’s plenty more on the website, so please browse around. I’d love to know what you decide to make, so please share in the comments below!
I’m working with Saffron Road’s halal products this Eid to make my cooking easier! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #EidulAdhaMHKSR for recipe ideas and cooking inspiration, and to share with your other foodie friends, too.
Eid Mooobarak, everyone!