Meat lovers beware! With Eid just around the corner I know what you are thinking about. Yes you got it food! Food lover’s favorite time of the year is Eid ul Azha. While Eid ul Fitr is all about celebrating the end of Ramadan and celebrating the new moon, Eid Ul Azha on the other hand is about sacrifice and the completion of hajj or pilgrimage and that also means meat everywhere! Beef, mutton you name it. It is going to be all over the place everywhere you look, everywhere you go even those who don’t indulge in their beef tooth can’t resist the temptation of all those spice infused beef treats and will definitely try and get their beef on. So with so much meat everywhere what do you make? How do you choose? Well I am about to show you the 10 most delicious dishes to eat this Eid so that you can get the most out of this Eid ul azha.
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Packed with vitamins such as A, B and blasting with iron “kaleji” or liver meat is not only healthy and satisfying but finger licking good. Eid ul azha may not be eid without making kaleji on the very first day when the meat is freshly cut and cleaned. Easy to prepare and readily served it can be made in a variety of ways whether you want to make it in a stew form and eat with naan, kulcha or roti or satisfy your appetite by frying it and toping it off with a bit of salt. This dish will leave you wanting for more.
Originating the word back to Greek origin “keema”, “queema” or minced meat is an integral part of every Eid ul Azha festivity. The freshly chopped meat is minced and kept in the fridge for later use to put into fillings of samosas and parathas or to make kababs but it is most enticing when fried with tomatoes and onions mixed up in yummy spices and herbs and then served with either other vegetables or a la carte to enjoy it to its fullest.
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This very classy dish is not only tantalizing but scrumptious with the meat cooked in a deep pot and slowly cooked over heat for a number of hours; at the end the result being a deeply marinated, moist and intense meat treat so that each strand of meat is separable with a touch of the finger. Its mouth watering aroma and heavenly look is just what you need for the first day of eid.
In order to get you out of the usual meat served dishes, paye is a dish that can be refreshing and new during Eid. It is a dish that eid ul azha lovers await for with freshly sacrificed hooves of a sheep or a cow, the soup base of this dish is mixed with strong spices served with kulcha or naan and garnished with fresh coriander leaves this dish will make all that sacrificing worthwhile.
Sold as a street food all year round this dish is another must have in eid. Especially when you’re getting tired of all those pure meat treats, this dish can be a life saver. Take some minced and diced meat, mix it up with some lentils and grains and voila you have haleem. An infusion of minced meat of your choice, hearty proteins with spices and herbs to top it off, this mouth watering dish will have you wanting more and can be a change that is soothing not only to the taste but also settling to the stomach.
Oh the legendary biryani! no eid would be complete without a big tray of biryani served on the table mixed with all the fresh meat sacrificed on the same day garnished with exquisite herbs and filled with overpowering and sensuous spices this is a dish that is no doubt I think a favorite of every person in Asia and because of its adoration it has been accommodated to a variety of regional ways of serving it whether it be sindhi biryani or hyderabadi. Biryani is a cardinal element of every eid.
A mughal cuisine but one that is found all over the world “kabob” or skewered meat is cooked and served differently as you cross each continent across the world and Asians being the meat lovers we are here it is no different. It is a delicacy whether served alone or served with rice or any other dish. This wholesome dish of meat is something worth trying this eid and with so many different ways of making kababs, seekh kabab, boti kabab, reshmi kabab, shami kabab, bihari kabab, kalmi kabab and so much more. There is no way you can go wrong with kabab, heck you may even serve it every day, on the three days of Eid and you still may be left over a dozen ways to cook it and your taste buds will still be savoring the taste of it every single time.
The word Korma dates back to its Turkish origin meaning “braised”. This classic delicacy is a mughal cuisine and korma lovers wait for eid to try this dish as much as possible. The meat whether mutton or beef is braised at a high temperature and then slowly cooked along with marinating the meat in a yogurt, cream and stock paste. The delectable aroma of spices, smothered in the heavy taste of yogurt and cream is a must have this Eid that will leave your lips smacking till the end.
What better way to satisfy your beef cravings then by nihari. This popular dish which has traveled its way from India during the creation of Pakistan and made a special place in every Pakistanis heart, nihari centers are located in every nook and corner of every big city in Pakistan. This dish is a must have with morsels of meat slowly cooked in a stew keeping your taste buds awake till the very last bite.
One of the most traditional sought after and popular dish all year around. Karahi! Yes you got it chicken karahi, beef karahi, mutton karahi, lahori karahi and the list keeps going on. The wonder with this dish is that it is eaten with vigor just about any day in the form of chicken karahi but when Eid knocks on the door people become ravenous after beef and mutton karahi and why shouldn’t they? It so easy to cook and yet so full of zest and flavor. Whether you decide to go out this is the first dish that pops up on the list at desi restaurants or whether you’re at home. Home cookers love preparing and serving this dish beautifully garnished, flavorsome and downright enjoyable. This is the dish that will definitely be finished in no time but will be craved for more.