Eid Around The World

As the Holy Month of Ramadan draws to a close, the Muslim world prepares for feasts to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

1 It’s no surprise to learn that as the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia has a huge selection of delicious dishes when Eid comes round each year. While there are many you’d find in neighbouring countries (such as rendang in Malaysia), no Indonesian Eid celebration would be complete without ketupat, diamond shaped packets made out of palm leaves that contains steamed glutinous rice.

2 Manti, or stuffed dumplings make the base for many Eid feasts in Russia and are not unlike Italian ravioli or Japanese gyoza. The pasta parcels are packed with whatever your favourite filling happens to be. Traditionalists often opt for spiced lamb.

3 Across the Levant, Eid traditions vary from country to country. However, whether you’re in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, or Lebanon, you can expect to find incredibly moreish cookies. The name varies (in Lebanon and Syria they’re known as mamoul, and kahk in Egypt) as do the ingredients, so expect to find pine nuts, or walnuts, or almonds, or even dates giving them their irresistible flavour.

4 One almost uniform trait across the Muslim world is that Eid should be marked with sweet treats. There are no prizes for guessing which form they take in Turkey. Though exported largely with the rosewater flavour, lokum, known more commonly as Turkish Delight, come in myriad flavours such as pistachio, coconut, hazelnut and walnut.

5 Tagine is most commonly associated with Morocco, where it’s eaten throughout the year. However, these slow-cooked stews are found throughout North Africa, and never more so than during Eid celebrations. Over these holy days it’s especially popular as the meat – likely lamb or goat – has probably been slaughtered just that morning.

6 There’s plenty of divergence across South Asia’s Muslim population, but whether you’re in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka, when it comes to Eid you’re almost certainly going to come across sheer kurma. The English translation tells you almost everything you need to know: milk with dates. What that doesn’t explain, however, is that this dessert also features vermicelli, making a sort of deliciously sweet soup. Depending on where you are, it’s then boosted with pistachios, raisins, or almonds. Meanwhile in Afghanistan, bolani is enjoyed as a celebratory meal during the daylight hours of Eid. It consists of thin, crusty bread which contains a vegetable filing such as lentils and potato (think an Arabic-style calzone) and it’s served with yoghurt. 

7 Aseeda is a popular dish that’s enjoyed on special occasions in many North African countries, especially during Eid in Sudan. It is a kind of porridge, that is usually eaten by hand, without the use of utensils and although there are a few different varieties, Sudanese Muslims accompany theirs with a savoury tomato-based sauce.