Recipes: Eid treats


EID-AL-FITR marks the end of the holy month of Ra­madaan and food plays a cen­tral role in the cel­e­bra­tions.

My child­hood mem­o­ries of Eid are pep­pered with those of food, es­pe­cially the deca­dent desserts.

Eid re­mains a time for fam­ily and friends to get to­gether af­ter a month of spir­i­tual re­flec­tion, char­i­ta­ble work and re­new­ing of the spirit. For me it was al­ways a joy­ous time when I would spend time with my Mus­lim cousins and aunt who en­sured we had treats be­fore and af­ter lunch and din­ner. Very lit­tle has changed, and the tra­di­tions of Eid-Al-Fitr re­main the same.

Mus­lims of­fer alms in the form of sadaqah al fitr or Zakatal-Fitr (char­ity of break­ing fast) and it of­ten in­cludes a char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion in the form of food to those in need.

Food is and al­ways will re­main a hall­mark of the man­ner in which Mus­lims cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val of break­ing the fast.

Cur­ries and stews are also part and par­cel of meals, es­pe­cially when Eid takes place in win­ter.

But the sweet treats are never an “af­ter­thought “and are usu­ally the high­light of ev­ery meal – but­ter cook­ies, spice cakes and date-filled pas­tries, to name a few.

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