Are you looking for some Eid recipes, some festive ideas, some good-ol’ foodie inspiration? A very much relatable problem. When it comes down to the grand day, it does often feel like you get overwhelming chef’s block, with suddenly no idea of what to cook! Been there, done that!
I’ve compiled a list of very Eid-able recipes for you to take inspiration from and cook. Traditionally, Eid is a rather meaty affair in Pakistani culture, therefore this compilation is a reflection of that.
The list also ends with a few classic Pakistani desserts – no Eid is complete without at least one of them!
How to make your Eid hosting a little easier
Hosting for Eid when you’ll be having a large crowd is no joke! Here are a few tips from me to give you a helping hand before sharing with you my Eid recipes:
- It is absolutely imperative you decide what you’ll be cooking a few days in advance to save you a whole load of headache and hassle. Knowing what you’ll be cooking makes arranging for all the ingredients and knowing what you’ll be doing A LOT more easier
- Speaking of advance, make sure you write up a list of all the ingredients you’ll be needing for your Eid cooks and ensure you purchase them ideally 1-2 days before Eid. Don’t leave anything to the last minute, even if it seems like something mundane such as sugar. Really, the less hassle, the better!
- Some recipes can be prepared in advance the night before either fully or partially. Try to do whatever prep you can do the day/night before to ensure your workload on Eid day is as light as possible
- Even if you can’t do any actual cooking the day before, it is very much worthwhile getting any chopping, peeling, shredding etc done the day before
- Enlist all the help you can get, even if it’s for little things such as peeling the garlic, preparing the salad, stirring the pot. Every little helps!
- Enjoy the day! My best advice is don’t let Eid become all about slaving away in the kitchen – it’s Eid day for you too! Enjoy your day with your friends and family and don’t get hung up about serving up a feast fit for a king. Do what you can manage without stressing yourself out. Eid is about being happy and spending time with your loved ones – food does play a big role in Eid, yes, but it should never be at the expense of how you feel!
And I also hope you have a beautiful, wonderful Eid filled with love, laughter and good memories.
Learn how to host the BEST parties and dawat without the anxiety!
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Eid Rice Recipes
My go-to lamb biryani recipe is perfect for Eid!
Perfect for adding that WOW factor to your Eid spread!
A family favourite – My Lamb Pilau is one of my most frequently cooked meals at home and happens to be one I never mess up. Try it out – I’m certain it’ll become a firm favourite for your house too!
This classic Mutton Pulao recipe is great for a homely meal and also good enough for Eids, dinner parties and bigger events. A family favourite.
If you’re not so comfortable cooking with red meat, chicken pilau is the perfect rice dish to cook! It’s quick cooking, easy and loved by everyone!
Lamb/Mutton/Beef Recipe for Eid
Comfort food at its finest. A family favourite worthy of both a quiet night in and for guests at a dinner party. Serve with chapattis or basmati rice (my favourite is rice!)
This delicious curry is a keeper! Throw everything into a pot and allow it to simmer for 1 hr and when the times up, add in some oil and saute the curry till it’s at a consistency you like! So simple and such little effort required for a really tasty dish!
This is a perfect dish for a busy day like Eid! Pop everything into a large pot, turn the heat to low and let this flavour party simmer away for an hour or so till ready!
Delicious, luxurious and authentic lamb & mutton Karahi recipe for the win! When you want something special, this one is a winner
This comforting, hearty Dal Gosht is a classic Pakistani and North Indian dish with a bit of a more-ish touch. The list of instructions may seem long, but cooking this is a relatively straight forward process
Chicken Recipes For Eid
My classic, most popular recipe – and it’s popular for a reason! It’s so tasty, so difficult to mess up and is perfect for your Eid spread!
Koftas are some effort, that’s for sure, but a sure fire way to add some ‘WOW’ to the table!
An authentic, rich and luxurious korma is perfect to serve on a special occasion or get-together. This recipe is the real deal, with lots of warming spices and deep flavour. Pairs perfectly with some naan, sheermaal or taftaan.
I love the simpicity of this recipe. It’s so easy to make but packs in such flavour! This curry is on the spicy side so adjust the red chilli accordingly if you so wish. Don’t miss out the paprika as it is for the red colour.
A high-impact, show stopping dish – this is great to have as the main feature of your Eid menu!
Other Recipes For Eid
A common appearance on the Eid-ul-Adha table, this kaleji recipe is so delicious and lays out all you need to know about cooking this oft-tricky organ meat!
This stuffed Keema Naan recipe is an absolute treat – just like the Naans served at the restaurants!
This authentic Pakistani Shami kebab recipe is a delicious and crowd-pleasing item that goes well served at chai time and also as part of a proper meal. The texture is meaty yet tender and I urge you to try this recipe!
If you’re up for making your own naan at home to serve alongside your curries, this roghni naan is a no-fail, delicious buttery naan we love having on special occasions!
Dessert Recipes For Eid
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts
- 5-8 chopped dried dates (if preferred)
- 2tbsp ghee
- Half a packet of roasted vermicelli (100g), broken into small pieces
- 4 cups full-fat milk
- 1/2 cup double cream (heavy whipping cream in the US) (optional)
- 1tsp cardamom powder
- 2tbsp kewra water
- 6tbsp sugar (or to taste)
- Heat the ghee in a pot or pan. Toast the nuts in the ghee until they become fragrant a brown, stirring continuously to avoid burning, about 3-5 minutes. Remove using a slotted spoon and set aside
- In the remaining ghee, add the vermicelli. Toast this on a medium heat, stirring continuously until the vermicelli becomes golden, about 5 minutes
- Add the remaining ingredients to the vermicelli (not the nuts). Cook this on a low to medium heat, stirring continuously until the milk thickens and begins to take the form/thickness you desire, about 10-15 minutes
- Once thickened to your liking, turn the heat off and stir in the nuts
- Garnish with nuts and dried fruit (optional)
Enjoy, with love x