The followers of Islam across the country will be celebrating Eid-al-Adha or 'Feast of the Sacrifice' on August 21. The festival is one of the two Islamic holidays, first being Eid-al-Fitr. The name of the festival comes from the legend associated with it. The Islamic holiday is called the Feast of Sacrifice or the Festival of Sacrifice as it is celebrated in honour of Ibrahim or Abraham, who was willing to sacrifice his 13-year son in his obedience to Allah, who had asked him to sacrifice something or someone dear to him. However, before he could sacrifice his son, God replaced his son with a goat to award his obedience and willingness to sacrifice his dear son. To commemorate God's reward for Abraham's sacrifice, an animal is sacrificed, divided into three parts and distributed among the needy, relatives, friends, family and neighbours. After special prayers and the sacrifice, the friends and family get together to cook and fest on various mutton-based delicacies.
Biryani is one of the many dishes, which comes first to the mind as far as cooking a flavoursome Eid meal is concerned. One of the most versatile dishes known, the preparation of Biryani varies from to state, with Sindhi Biriyani, Calcutta Biriyani, Hyderabadi Biriyani, Lucknow Biriyani to name a few. The basic preparation of the dish consists of rice cooked with a variety of spices and meat (mutton in the case of Bakra Eid feast).
Mostly popular in West Bengal and Lucknow, Mutton Rezala is prepared using overnight marinated mutton in white gravy, made of cashew nut paste. The rich dish is best accompanied by flaky laccha parathas.
Haleem is one of the quintessential dishes cooked on Eid, prepared using a mixture of minced mutton and spices along with wheat, lentils, and barley. Some of the recipes of this slow-cooked dish also include rice.
The melt-in-the-mouth dish is one of the Eid menu toppers as it serves as the perfect accompaniment with Biryani (one of the other favorites of the Eid feast). Galouti Kebab is prepared from minced mutton, fried in deep oil.
Whatever your menu is, it is mandatory to have meethi sewai on the list as form many of us Sewai is synonymous to Eid, whether it's Eid-ul-Fitr or Eid-ul-Adha. Additionally, the dessert also serves as a perfect closure to a rich feast. The staple of Muslim community, sewai or sevvaiyan is rice vermicelli cooked with milk, ghee, sugar and dry fruits.
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