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After the fast, comes the feast…

As the long days of fasting come to an end, everyone’s thoughts will be turning to the upcoming festive celebrations of Eid. Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, and the beginning of the month of Shawwal. It is a joyous celebration with friends, family and food, and is eagerly marked with a feast, to end the month of fasting and bring everyone together.

Every home will be filled to the brim as families welcome guests and put on a lavish spread of traditional dishes. From mouth-watering snacks, royal biriyanis and delicious kormas, to the ever-favourite sweet dish that no Eid celebration is complete without – Sheer Khurma (a vermicelli pudding). It is time to end the fasting and begin the feasting.

A celebration of family, friends and food!

The Eid morning marks the beginning of all the day’s festivities with special Eid breakfast dishes that are relished together as a family once everyone has returned from Eid prayers. Why not make breakfast extra special by serving up some warm, soft chapattis or parathas to accompany the mouth-watering Halvas and savoury omelettes, for the whole family to enjoy. It’s a wonderful moment when everyone sits down to enjoy a royal breakfast spread all adorned in their new Eid clothes, with the women displaying their hands covered with Mehendi, and children excitedly chattering about their Eidis (little tokens of cash given to children for Eid) from their uncles and aunts.

With this year’s Eid falling in the middle of the hot summer, you may want to try having a lighter lunch menu and replace the rice with light, fluffy and wholesome chapattis made with Elephant Atta Chakki Gold, which would be the perfect accompaniment to the rich curries and meat preparations.

t’s customary during Eid to have guests come over all throughout the day and a quick and easy recipe could be Lahmajos. This is a traditional Arabic flatbread topped with minced or ground meat, perfect as a snack that can be served between meals.

With dinner being the grand finale of the Eid celebration, those celebrating always look for special dishes as a showstopper for the table. One such dish that could be prepared in advance is Mutton curry, a favourite at Eid. Advance preparation in the kitchen is always welcome as it allows for more time with family and friends. To add a bit of variety you could also prepare our exquisite rich Meatball curry which we’re sure will be popular with your guests. Our vegetarian Aubergine and Potato curry would also go down well as a vegetable accompaniment at your dinner table. So there’s something special for everyone during Eid!

As we look out for the sighting of the crescent moon that will mark the end of Ramadan, we wish you a happy Eid-al-Fitr, and happy feasting.

Eid Mubarak

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