Amongst many things, festivals are known for the various delicacies that they bring to the table. Eid is one festival wherein food plays a significant role as the people from the entire Muslim community come together to break their fast. Hence, this is always the perfect time to experiment with multiple recipes.
Keeping this in mind, here are a couple of dishes that you just can’t miss out on during this festival.
- Persian Rice
Contrary to popular belief, Persian rice is not that difficult to prepare and won’t take up much of your time. Read on to know how to make this dish:
- 2 cups white Basmati rice
- 7 cups of water
- 2 ½ tbsp. olive oil
- 2 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 ½ tbsp. kosher salt
- 1 ½ tbsp. crushed mustard
- Add the rice into a medium-sized bowl and strain with water until the water runs clear
- Transfer the rice into a saucepan and add 4 cups of water to it
- Add oil, butter and salt to the rice and leave it to rest for 15 minutes
- Bring the water to boil while stirring continuously so that the rice doesn’t stick to the bottom of the vessel
- After the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low. Now, cover a vessel with a lid, cover it with a dishtowel and cook for 45 minutes
- In another bowl, mix the saffron with warm water
- Scoop out the rice and place it on a serving platter
- Mix a handful of rice with the saffron water. Put the rice back into the platter and give it a good mix
- Using a spatula, remove the crust carefully from the bottom of the saucepan and mix it with the rice. Voila! Here you have your dish!
2. Mutton Kheema Kofta
This tasty and flavoursome dish is cooked using aromatic Indian spices and can be paired perfectly with both rice and bread. The tender juicy mutton meatballs, mixed in a creamy sauce, will make your tastebuds crave for more.
Read below to know how to make this dish.
- 225g minced mutton
- 2/3 cups roasted flour
- 3 tsp. ginger garlic paste
- ½ roasted cumin seeds
- 1 ½ tsp. coriander powder
- 1 ½ tsp. red chilli powder
- 2 tsp. chopped cilantro
- 1 medium onion turned into a paste
- 1 large tomato churned into a paste
- 3 pieces of black cardamom
- 3 pieces of bay leaves
- 1 tsp. garam masala
- 1/8 tsp. keema masala
- ½ cup yoghurt
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
Instructions for Kofta:
- Place the minced mutton in a big bowl and add flour, 1 ½ tsp. ginger-garlic paste, roasted cumin seeds, ½ tsp. of coriander powder, ½ tsp. of red chilli powder and cilantro. Mix together until properly combined
- Make small kofta balls out of the mixture
- In a non-stick saucepan, add 1 tbsp. oil and the koftas
- Cover them with the lid and cook them on low heat for 15 minutes
- Place the koftas onto a cooling rack to cool
Instructions for gravy:
- In a big saucepan over low heat, add 1 tbsp. oil, bay leaves, cumin seeds and black cardamom
- Once the ingredients start to obtain a brownish tinge, add 1 ½ tbsp. of ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute
- Mix the tomato paste, onion paste, ¼ cup of water and the rest of the red chilli powder. Cook for 4-5 minutes
- Add the garam masala, kheema masala, yoghurt and salt and mix it for another 3 minutes
- Add the remaining water and bring the gravy to a boil
- Add the cooked koftas into the gravy and give the mixture a final boil
- Cover the vessel and remove from the flame. Let the koftas soak in the gravy for 4-5 minutes
- 8. Garnish the dish with coriander leaves and serve hot!
With the ingredients available at your nearest Natures Basket store, you can now make these dishes with utmost ease and enjoy with your fam!