On the auspicious occasion of Bakr Eid 2021, we have listed our top favourite must-have delicacies. Check out the yummy list below! By Priyanka Lamba
When we think of biryani, we are invariably reminded of the 400-year-old city of Hyderabad. However, the dish most likely originated in Iran. The term biriyani itself can be traced to the original Persian birinj biriyan, meaning fried rice. Eid festivities are incomplete without this aromatic delicacy. The popular dish is the perfect combination of spiced rice, vegetables and mutton (or any meat). The versatility of biryani can be proved by the fact that it can be served with anything from raita, mirch ka salan and salads to even pickles.
Biryani love is not only limited to Bakr Eid but can also be served during other festivities. Andhra Bhavan, Al Jawahar, Awadhi Season, Bikkgane Biryani, Biryani by Kilo, Behrouz Biryani, Biryani Blues, Karim’s and Kolkata Biryani House are some places you can order delectable biryani from.
The word galouti means something that ‘melts in the mouth.’ Galouti Kebabs are essentially minced meat cutlets known for their melt-in-the-mouth texture. These kebabs first originated in the kitchen of Siraj-ud-Daula’s successor, Lucknow’s famous nawab — Asad-ud-Daula — who was extremely fond of kebabs. When he grew old and lost his teeth, the royal chefs got together and produced a variety of kebabs that the Nawab could eat without exerting much. This gave to the creation of this delicacy.
Be prepared to experience an explosion of flavours as your taste buds sample succulent kebabs drenched in spices and condiments. You can order these kebabs from Alkakori Alkauser, Kakori House, Khan Chacha, Oh My Kebab, Rajinder Da Dhaba and Tunday Kababi.
Turk confectioner Haci Bekir Effendi invented the Turkish delight. These small, jellied cubes — known as lokum in Turkey — became a renowned dessert in the country when he set up his sweet shop in 1777. Soon, praise of this delish reached the then ruler of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Mahmud II. Soon, Effendi was honoured as the chief confectioner to the Ottoman Palace.
The chewy dessert is a combination of starch, sugar, and other scrumptious fillings like dates, pistachios and walnuts. It is also one of the most beloved Eid desserts and it comes in different colours. Planning to try this delicacy? Hurrems Turkish Baklava Confectionery, Kunafa, Levantine and Oasis Baklawa, are here to satiate your sweet cravings this Eid.
What happens when vermicelli, milk, sugar, dates and dry fruits come together? The holy grail of all Eid desserts is conjured. Although a Persian dessert — sheer means milk and khurma means dates, in Persian — this creamy dish is a hot favourite in Central Asia. Some of the best places to try out this delicacy are Sofitel Mumbai BKC, Taj Mahal Palace and The Bohri Kitchen.
How can Bakr Eid celebrations be complete without some spicy lamb roast? Every inch of this dish screams Eid Mubarak. Spices and herbs come together to prepare this heavenly dish — the softer the texture of the meat, the better. Café Basilico, Mostly Grills, Karim’s, Pali Bhavan, Souk and The Good Wife are some places where you can try out this delicacy.