Bakra Eid or Eid al-Adha is a celebration to honor the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as per God’s order. But God provided Abraham with a sheep to sacrifice at the last second instead.
It is also known as the feast of sacrifice wherein those who can afford to sacrifice an entire halal animal – often a sheep or a cow, and in some regions a camel. The meat is divided into three parts: the family keeps one third; another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors; and the last part is given to those in need. The idea is that no impoverished person should be left without meat on the table during Eid al-Adha.
Here are 7 dishes without which any Eid al-Adha spread is incomplete.
The fried, grilled or roasted liver of the sacrificed animal is served as breakfast.
Fried mutton chunks doused in a rich gravy. And by rich we mean forget-your-diet-and-dive-into-that-gravy rich!
An absolute must for the Eid celebration; biryani is a hearty meal in self. With layers of mutton and saffron milk infused rice, it’s sinful!
Minced meat cooked in traditional spices.
Decadent minced meat patties braised and grilled to perfection.
An authentic middle-eastern stew rich in spices, lentils and meat.
And along came dessert. An extravagant Indian rice pudding to complete the hearty festivities!
Apart from these festive delicacies, a few other popular dishes include nihari, paya, halwa and a variety of kebabs.