Eid-Ul-Fitr is one of the most important festivals celebrated amongst the Muslim community. Marking the end of month-long fasting period of Ramadan, this festival is celebrated with reverence and fanfare. Mosques are decorated and people buy new clothes to mark this special day. One of the most important elements of Eid, or for that matter any festival, is the food preparation. When it comes to preparing diverse and scrumptious dishes for Eid, people have a plethora of options to choose from. However, after fasting for an entire month, the body needs some time to get back to the usual routine and eating patterns, which is why it is always advised not to gorge on heavy foods as it can disrupt the body’s digestive system. Keeping these things in mind, we have jotted down a few Eid recipes, which are high on taste as well as nutrition.
7 Healthy Eid Recipes
The festival of Eid, which comes after completion of the fasting month of Ramadan, presents an occasion to enjoy with loved ones. Also known as ‘Meethi Eid’, this festival witnesses preparation of traditional Eid sweets and a wide array of Eid special dishes. However, as people fast for nearly 30 days, it becomes important to celebrate Eid with healthy food recipes. To make things easier for you, we have rounded up 7 delicious and healthy Eid special recipes, which are worth trying. So, what are you waiting for? Get those pots and pans out and celebrate in a healthy way!
- Oats and Carrot Kheer
Eid is simply incomplete without desserts and keeping the same in mind, we hereby present you the healthier alternative of kheer, which is high on nutrition and taste.
Firstly, soak 4 tbsp. oats coupled with nearly 7-8 raisins in ½ cup milk for approximately 10 minutes. Take 200 ml cup milk and boil some grated carrots for nearly 5 minutes. Add soaked raisins and oats to this carrot-milk mix and boil again for 5 more minutes. Now, add a pinch of cardamom powder, 3-4 crushed almonds, and sweetener (depending on the taste).
Your Eid special food is ready to be served.
- Paan Thandai
One of the most famous festivals of summer, Eid definitely calls for some hydrating, delicious and refreshing beverages. Paan thandai is definitely one of the best and healthy dinner ideas, which can be served during Eid feast.
Take half a glass of chilled milk and warm it. Add 1 cup badam, 1 tsp fennel seeds, 1 tbsp poppy seeds and 1 tsp muskmelon seeds to it and soak for nearly 3 hours. Drain the mix and add 1 paan leaf. Grind this whole mixture to a fine paste. Sieve it with a muslin cloth and collect the extract in a bowl. Add 2 tsp sugar, 1 tbsp gulkand and 1 tsp pepper powder. Add this mixture in ½ a glass of water and serve chilled.
- Shami Kabab
When it comes to starters, shami kebabs are definitely hot-favourites. So, without further ado, let’s check out the delicious and healthy recipe of this special food to be relished on Eid.
First, soak 1 cup of chana dal for half an hour. Take a pressure cooker and heat 2 tsp oil. Now, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 7-8 cloves, 7 to 8 black peppercorns, 2 sticks of cinnamon, 2 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp ajwain, 3 whole red chillies and ½ tsp chilli flakes. Sauté this mix for nearly 1-2 minutes on medium flame. Now add the chana dal and mix properly. Add 500 gms of boneless chicken and salt (according to taste). Add one cup of water and simmer it. Cook till you see that the water has evaporated and the chicken feels tender. Cool the ingredients and subsequently make a thick paste. Now add 1 tsp finely chopped ginger, 2 green chillies, 2 tsp garlic (finely chopped), ½ cup chopped coriander leaves and ½ cup chopped mint leaves. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Add the liquid of 2 raw eggs and mix again. Slightly oil your palms and make the kebabs of desired shape (usually round). Take a pan and brush some oil on the surface. Shallow fry the kebabs till they turn golden brown from both the sides.
Serve this Eid special recipe with mint or coriander chutney.
- Sheer Khurma
Known to be one of the most special Eid recipes, sheer khurma is healthy and tasty.
To start with this recipe, heat 1 tbsp of ghee and roast 50 gm vermicelli on low flame. Continue to roast till they turn golden brown. Take out the roasted vermicelli from the pan and keep aside. Take another pan and heat 1 tbsp ghee. Now roast 2 tbsp almonds, 2 tbsp chironji, 2 tbsp cashew, 2 tbsp raisins, 2 tbsp pistachios and ¼ cup dates on low flame. Now, take 5 cups of whole milk and boil the same. Keep stirring to avoid burning. Once boiled, add the roasted nuts and mix thoroughly. Simmer for 15 minutes and add roasted vermicelli and ¼ cup sugar once the milk slightly thickens. Boil the mixture for 8-10 minutes and sprinkle ¼ tsp cardamom powder and 1 tsp kewra/rose water.
You can serve this Eid special recipe hot or cold as per your preference.
- Shahi Tukda
Eid is incomplete without preparing traditional sweets, like shahi tukda. This simple recipe is easy to prepare and is quite delectable too.
Take a pan and heat ½ ml water along with ½ cup sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, add 6 strands of saffron. Boil until the mixture achieves two string consistency. Turn the stove off once sugar syrup is thick. Take another pan and boil three cups of milk until it is reduced to 1/4th of the original quantity. Keep stirring to avoid burning. Once the milk is reduced, add 2 pinch green cardamom powder and 1/4th of the sugar syrup. Keep stirring for 5 more minutes. Your rabri is ready and now keep the pan aside. Take 5-6 bread slices and cut sides. Then slice into two triangles. Heat some ghee in a pan and shallow fry the slices till golden brown. Once fried, soak the slices one by one in the remaining sugar syrup for about a minute. Put these slices on a serving plate and pour the prepared rabdi.
Garnish using a handful of chopped cashews, almonds and pistachios. Your dish is ready to be served.
- Mutton Biryani
One of the most healthy food recipes for Eid, mutton biryani is packed with various nutrients.
Take 1kg of mutton and cut it into 2 inch pieces. Add 4 tbsp hung curd, 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste, 3 tbsp raw papaya paste, 1 tbsp chilli powder, 1 tsp salt, juice of 1 lemon and 1 tbsp garam masala. Let it marinate for nearly 3 hours. Slice two onions and separate them. Take a pan and add some oil. Fry the onion slices until golden brown but make sure you don’t burn them. Also, fry the onions in small batches. Once done, take out the fried onions on a paper-towel lined plate. Take another pan having a thick bottom. Heat some ghee and add two more sliced onions to it. Now add 4 green chillies and cook until onions are golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and mix thoroughly. Add marinated mutton and cook for 7-8 minutes on high flame. Add cumin powder, coriander powder and 1tbsp red chilli powder. Mix properly. Now, add three cups of water and boil it. Cover the lid and cook until mutton is cooked thoroughly. Add 2 chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp garam masala powder and some fresh coriander leaves. Cook on medium flame and stir occasionally. Make sure there is no watery gravy present.
Take 2 cups of Basmati rice and soak it for 20 minutes. Wash the rice and drain excess water. Take a small cloth and add 2 black cardamom, 2 cinnamon sticks, 6 cloves, 1 javitri, ¼ jaiphal, 6 black peppercorns, 2 tsp cumin seeds, 1 star anise. Tie in a way to make a bag. Take 750 ml water and boil it. Now add rice, 1 bay leaf and salt (as per taste). Add the bag to this mix and cook rice until 1/3rd rice is cooked. Now drain the water and also remove the bag. For saffron milk, take 1/4th cup of warm milk and add some saffron strands. Wait for 20 minutes and now add kewra essence coupled with rose water. Cover and keep this mix aside. Take another pan having a heavy bottom and a lid. Put on low heat and add 2 tbsp ghee. Make sure the sides are also coated with ghee. Now, turn off the flame. Add one layer of cooked rice and then meat and then again rice and meat and so on. Ensure that the bottom and top layers are of rice. Now cover with chopped coriander leaves, fresh pudina, fresh pudina, green chillies and half lemon juice. Use aluminium foil to seal the pan and cover with the lid. Keep the flame to lowest and cook for 30-40 minutes. After 40 minutes, switch off the flame and keep the biryani in the pan for 10 more minutes. Your dish is ready to be served.
You can also team your biryani with salad or raita to make it all the more nutritional.
- Chicken Korma
Amongst the healthy dinner ideas for Eid, chicken korma is a delectable chicken dish that can be easily prepared.
Take a pan and heat 1 cup vegetable oil. Now add 2-3 tsp of ghee. Add 8-10 cardamoms, 6-7 cloves, 2 tbsp garlic and fry it. Add ½ kg chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring continuously. Once you see the mix turning brown, add 1 tbsp coriander powder, salt to taste, 1 tbsp chilli powder and 1 tsp ginger paste. Take another pan and add 2 sliced onions. Fry until golden brown and puree this with yoghurt. Add this onion mix to the chicken mixture. Cook for one minute and now sprinkle 1 tsp garam masala and a few saffron strands (mixed with 3 tsp water) for flavour. The gravy shouldn’t be too thick. If it is, add some water and cover the lid. Cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Once the chicken is properly cooked, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
Now that we have given you some of the most amazing and healthy Eid recipes we are sure your celebrations will be special, memorable, and wholesome!