Middle Eastern Dishes to Try this Eid!
The prayers, slaughtering, festive gatherings and the long-awaited-for Eediyah are all some of the unforgettable memories that pop into your mind once you think of Eid Al Adha. For 4 whole days, or even more in some countries which decide to extend the holiday, women from each family form a cooking squad just to feed their hungry families who are waiting for hot sizzling dishes that will suffice their appetites. With each family having its own recipes, feasts can get a bit monotonous. That is why we created a list of some Middle Eastern dishes that you can add to your home set-menu this year.
Kabsa is by far one of the most popular dishes in the Gulf (Khaleej) area. With rice and meat (or chicken) as main ingredients, Kabsa can be regarded as a meal on its own.
Check out Ya Salam’s recipe here.
Mandy is an authentic Yemeni dish that is widely celebrated across the Gulf region along with some parts of Egypt. It is basically made of rice and meat or chicken. For a second, it might look like another version of Kabsa; however, the spices and the toppings are different. In addition, meat is slowly cooked underground (in the desert), leaving it so tender and juicy.
Check out this Ya Salam’s recipe here.
Sheesh Barak (Shish Barak) is a Middle Eastern dish that is very popular in the Levantine and Turkey. The method of preparation is very similar to that of Italian raviolis. However, Sheesh Barak dough is stuffed with minced meat, and dipped in creamy yoghurt and garlic sauce.
Check out Antonio Tahhan’s modern Sheesh Barak recipe here.
There is no Eid Adha without a juicy lamb or veal roast that is cooked in oven for hours. A roast is an international dish that is demographically modified within each country with an exotic blend of spices. Despite being slowly cooked, it is easy to prepare and tuck into the oven. While being cooked through, you can start thinking of your favorite side dish to go with.
Check out this Matters of the Belly recipe here.
Lamb Shank Tagine with Dates
Moroccan cuisine is well-known for bringing in different flavors together, especially sweet and savory. If you are a bit adventurous and want to grant your senses a different gastronomic experience, you should give this Lamb Shank Tagine with Dates a try.
Check out this New York Times recipe here.