This is a translation of an article written by Tiara. You can also read this article in Bahasa Indonesia.
Ketupat is not the only traditional Eid food you can find in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Whenever Hari Raya Aidilfitri comes along, our homes will be filled with wafting scent of ayam masak merah, beef rendang and even, opor ayam. What makes Hari Raya even more interesting is how different the food is when we welcome the month of Syawal in another country. Curious to see how yummy it looks? Keep on reading to see the traditional Eid food from around the world!
1. Manti (Russia)
Russia may be a Muslim-minority country but the Muslim community here welcomes Eid with great joy. One of the ways they celebrate Eid is by serving manti, which is a type of steamed beef dumpling that comes with a side of yogurt and garlic. What makes it even more unique is that each family in Russia will have a different manti recipe that's tweaked to suit their family's taste, so it'll be a surprise each time you try them!
2. Sheer Khurma (India)
In Indonesia, vermicelli is often served as a savoury dish but India gives it a unique twist when they prepare sheer khurma using the same ingredient. Known as a traditional Eid dish that combines vermicelli with whole milk, nuts, sugar and chopped dates, it's a popular breakfast item during Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
3. Kahk (Egypt)
This popular Eid food in Egypt is similar with the Eid cake in Indonesia! Served to guests during Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the kahk has a biscuit-like texture that is filled with a mixture of honey, nuts, and ghee. There are different versions of kahk that contains nuts and dates or sometimes, made without any filling!
4. Bolani (Afghanistan)
When you're celebrating Hari Raya Aidilfitri in Afghanistan, the first day will be incomplete without bolani, which is a flat bread that's stuffed with potatoes, green onions, cilantro, and green chilies. It smells amazing when you grill it on a pan and tastes even better when you dip it in yogurt.
5. Lokum (Turkey)
This traditional Eid food in Turkey is not only popular during the festive season, but it also makes a famous souvenir! Widely known as Turkish delights, lokum is basically a mixture of various Turkish sweets. While the main ingredients are sugar and starch, you can find different variations too! Sometimes, you can find lokum mixed with dates and nuts. Other times, you can savour unique flavours such as mint, cinnamon, rosewater, orange or lemon.
6. Tufahije (Bosnia)
Bosnia has an Eid favourite that's just as special as the rest, and it's called tufahije. A traditional dessert that's well-loved by the locals, it is described as a type of poached apple that's stuffed with walnuts! It is often served in a large glass and topped with sugar syrup and whipped cream - and dessert lovers will definitely enjoy this one!
7. Assida (Morocco)
If you love Moroccan food, you will enjoy this special Eid food named assida, which is a type of porridge made from couscous. Served with butter and honey, you can also enjoy assida with side dishes like nuts, fruits and even pomegranates!
We love learning about the variety of traditional Eid food from around the world. Whether you're craving for sheer khurma from India or lokum from Turkey, you should definitely add these amazing Eid dishes in your ultimate food bucket list!