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HAPPY EID-UL-FITR

9 Aug

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As the holy fasting month of Ramadan comes to an end, Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr. We in the gulf countries celebrated it on yesterday and the other half of the world like india, pakistan,bangladesh is celebrating it today. Eid is a fascinating and irresistible holiday for muslims all over the world. It involves feasting like you’ve hardly ever seen!

During Ramadan observant Muslims do not eat or drink from sun-up to sundown. On Eid families get up early, go to the mosque for a short prayer, and then return home to a lavish breakfast and lunch. The food is delicious and plentiful in a way that can only be appreciated after a fast. On this day, Muslims show their joy for the health, strength and opportunities of life, which Allah has given them to fulfill their obligations of fasting and other good deeds e.g., empathy for the poor, charity, worship, steadfastness, patience etc during the month of Ramadan. It is considered unholy to fast on this day. It is also a day of forgetting old grudges and ill feelings towards other fellow men.

Popular customs also include ladies decorating one’s hands with henna, dressing up in new clothes and having a good meal with family and friends.Eid al-Fitr is celebrated with great pomp in Saudi Arabia. Saudis decorate their homes and prepare sumptuous meals for family and friends.Eid festivities in Saudi Arabia may vary culturally depending on the region, but one common thread in all celebrations is of generosity and hospitality.

SHEER KHURMA :-

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Sheer khorma or Sheer khurma ( literally “milk with dates” in Urdu) is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast, and a dessert for celebrations. Sheer (شير), is Persian word for milk and khurma(خرما) is Persian for dates. This dish is made from dried dates.

This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. It is very popular in South Asia and the rest of Central Asia.

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Ingredients :-

  • 1 cup  roasted vermicelli
  • 1 liter whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8-10 dried dates,pitted
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • few raisins
  •  few Almonds , chopped
  •  few Pistachios  chopped
  • 4 tsp – ghee or butter

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Method -

Wash the dates, remove the seeds and soak them in warm water for at least 20 mnts. Keep aside. Boil milk in a pan, add sugar when it comes to a boil. Cook for 10-15 minutes on low flame. Add thinly sliced dates to boiling milk and set aside the milk will acquire the nutty sweet taste of dried dates. Heat ghee in frying pan on low flame. Fry cardamoms in it. Add almonds pistachios and raisins  in it.Add vermicelli and fry gently for 3-4 minutes without burning. If you have roasted vermicelli,omit this step. Gradually add these to milk while constantly stirring. Simmer on low flame till the sevai(vermicelli) is cooked. It may take atleast 7-8 mnts.  Turn off the heat, let cool slightly before transferring to the serving dish.Cook for 5-7 minutes on low flame, delicious sheer khurma is ready to be served.  Garnish it with almonds and pistachios.

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