Eid-ul-Fitr (which falls on 13th May this year) marks the end of a month of dawn to dusk fasting of Ramadan. The lead up to the celebration is looked forward to by Muslims around the world as they decorate their houses, prepare their outfits and of course, plan their menus!
It goes without saying that a lot of the festive food is not usually light on the stomach, with deep frying being a prominent recipe step, and the generosity of the holiday also extending to the amount of sugar poured into desserts.
But that’s not to say it’s impossible to have a healthy Eid! Below are 2 recipes to give you that satisfying flavourful meal, and to end the day with something warm and comforting as you relive the fun events of the day.
Chicken Seekh Kebab
Tender, juicy, tasty, and doesn’t weigh you down! These kebabs are very moreish, so make sure you make extra!
½ kg. finely ground mince chicken
½ tsp salt (or according to taste)
1 tsp chili powder
2 small onion – finely chopped
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp chickpea (besan) flour
4 green chillies, finely chopped
1 bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
½ tsp garam masala
1 egg, beaten
1 tbs lemon juice
½ tsp ginger paste
For serving: naan, chutney, raita, sliced onions
If using bamboo skewers, soak in water
Mix all spices/ingredients together (except chicken)
Add the mix to the minced chicken. Mix well, cover and leave in fridge to marinate for 3-4 hours.
It’s time to make the seekh kebab! Take a small ball of the mince, and pressing it around a skewer to form a long sausage shape (around 4 inches in length)
Bake in 200C/390F preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until done
Serve with naan, sliced onion, coriander chutney and raita (a yoghurt dip)!
Tip: these can also be pan fried, cooked in an airfryer, or are also perfect for your next barbeque!
Haldi Doodh / Turmeric Latte
Not just good for your Instagram page, Haldi Doodh (literally: turmeric milk), is proof that good things come in small packages. This lightly sweetened, comforting and all around good-for-you beverage is perfect to help you recover from a day (or two) of feasting, and is jam packed with ingredients to help boost your immune system!
½ tsp grated fresh turmeric OR ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ tsp ground cardamom
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
¼ tsp grated fresh ginger OR 1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (or to taste)
1 cup milk of your choice
Heat milk in saucepan over medium heat until warm (not boiling!)
While milk is heating, mix all your spices in a small bowl
Add the spice mix to the warmed milk, whisking to break up clumps
Lower heat and let the flavours meld and intensify, around 5-10 minutes. This is also a great time to change into your pjs and pick out a book or tv show to unwind with!
Strain milk into your favourite mug. Sweeten with honey to your liking.
Get comfy and enjoy!
These recipes are contributed by our Marketing Technologist, Mehreen Hasan
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