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What Makes Eid-ul-Adha One of the Most Delicious Festivals Ever

Nothing brings people together like good food.

This Monday, the 12th of September (dates may vary), is Eid-Ul-Adha, one of the biggest festivals that the Indian sub-continent celebrates together. Simply put, Eid-Ul-Adha, also called the ‘Sacrifice Feast’ or ‘Bakr-Eid’, honors Ibrahim and his infallible act of submission towards God. While the philosophical connotations of why this festival is celebrated is really deep and thought provoking, one of the things that we have grown to associate Eid-Ul-Adha with, is food! Good, glorious, delicious food that most definitely seems like it’s been sent from God. From savory to sweet, from grilled meats to desserts, from lip smacking biriyani to melt in your mouth kheer, on Eid we all embark upon a culinary journey that can be compared to none. And now, as the day draws nearer and we all prepare for an epic gastronomic adventure, here are a few things that are quintessentially Eid and we recommend everyone digs deep into and that.

Kebabs

If you’re wondering where to start from, then an assorted platter of delectable kebabs is what you should begin with. These bite sized pieces of pure divinity are perfect for whetting your appetite as it gets you started on the right foot, leaving you salivating for more. Marinated in different spices, kebabs pack a flavorful punch right from the first bite. What’s even better is the sheer variety of it. From different types of meat and cuts to different methods of preparation and spices, when you start your meal with kebabs, nothing can go wrong.

Biriyani

Any day is Biriyani day. While we don’t really need an excuse to enjoy this dish, if you’re looking for one nevertheless, then Eid is as good as it gets. Perfectly cooked rice, with melt in the mouth meat and sweet, caramelized onions, a meal on Eid is not complete without this beauty. Whether you eat this dish on its own or paired with a curry, Biriyani never fails to bring a big smile to your face. What’s even more interesting is the history behind this dish. With several renditions and interpretations of it across the country, Biriyani has gone through several iterations over time, each as perfect as the other.

Haleem

Eid and Haleem have become synonymous. One without the other is like Thanksgiving without a roast Turkey and Christmas without a plum cake. A delicious concoction of lentils (channa dal) and minced meat (lamb or mutton), the perfect marriage between the two key components and the heady fragrance of this preparation is what takes the experience to a different level. Enjoyed best with some flavored rice, bread or simply by itself, if you’ve never had this dish, then this Eid, it is a must! And if you’re not convinced, then this picture of Haleem by zaiqatv.com.pk, says it all.

Shahi Tukra

Enough of savories, let’s now move on to the sweeter things in life! If it’s Eid and you’re looking for something sweet to sink your teeth into, then look no further with Shahi Tukda. This king of desserts, is made from fried bread slices that are indulgently dunked into hot milk and flavored with a gamut of spices like cinnamon and saffron among others. What makes Shahi Tukda so absolutely delicious, is the savoriness of the bread, the sweetness of the milk and the warmth of the spices marry together to form a flavor that is holistic and that transports you to a different world altogether, and with this picture of the delicacy by silksugarnsilhouette.wordpress.com, you really can’t argue!

Kheer

Last but not the least, when you’ve had a meal that’s this epic, it is only right to end it with a bang and that bang comes in the form of a thick rice pudding, or what we know as Kheer! Though Kheer may have lost it’s ‘exclusivity’ on the dinner table, it doesn’t stop it from being one of the most loved and appreciated desserts of all times. Ranking super high on comfort and well as taste, the staples you need for making Kheer are rice, milk, sugar and spices like cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and once you get the first spoonful in your mouth, you will just not be able to stop.

Eid-Ul-Adha Mubarak everyone, now let the feast begin!

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