Traditional Eid Foods From Around the World
Why not try one of these delicious alternatives for Eid this year?
8 July 2015
Due to the number of Muslims residing from all over the world, particularly in Southeast Asia and not just the Middle East, there are different Eid food favorites depending on the region. It is also the same for Muslims who have migrated to the West, they have also brought their food traditions with them as they settled there.
In this region, tagines are a staple on the table during Eid celebrations. Countries like Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia each makes them differently. The countries have also incorporated their own local ingredients that have been passed by from one generation in a family to another. The common preparation of this would involve meats and veggies that are cooked in tagines, then spooned over couscous to eat.
South Asia (Indian Subcontinent)
Middle East, Turkey, and Central Asia
In this region, an assortment of roasted meats is most common during Eid. Kebabs and mixed grills are served with traditional salads of the region. Sometimes skewered and sometimes taken off them, the fat that drips from the meats while they are cooking is what makes it flavorful.
In the Far East where Muslim the largest Muslim population is, Indonesia’s Eid Al Fitr celebration is called Lebaran. The common dish they serve is the ketupat, which literally means packed rice. It is glutinous rice wrapped in palm leaves that are artfully woven. The rice is half-cooked in coconut milk and then steamed. In China, deep fried noodles are almost always present. It is also called sangza and is popular among the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province.