- Bakra Eid is one of the most important festivals of Muslims
- Eid-al-Adha 2018 will be celebrated across India on August 22
- Sheer Khurma is a traditional dessert prepared on this day
Eid al-Adha, Bakrid or Bakra Eid falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the lunar year. It is also when Hajj, a pilgrimage in which the followers of Islam are required to complete once in their lives, takes place. Eid-al-Adha 2018 will be celebrated across India on August 22, according to the Jama Masjid. The day is dedicated to the great sacrifice made to the Prophet by his devotee signifying his faith and devotion. Eid al-Adha, or the 'Festival of Sacrifice' is usually celebrated for three days. Muslims across the country sacrifice a male goat on the final day and feast on it to celebrate Prophet Ibrahim's supreme sacrifice and God's solicitude towards him.
The utmost importance of the festival lies in the sacrifice of an animal (sheep or a goat) which is feasted upon. This animal is gifted to friends and family, distributed among the poor, while, some part of it is cooked at home. This distribution is done to ensure that no one is left without an opportunity to partake the meat.
Every year people prepare delicious delicacies to celebrate this festival. Some of the most delicious dishes which are prepared on this day are mutton biryani, mutton korma, mutton keema, as well as a wide range of desserts like sheer khurma and kheer. We all know its festival time but you need to take care of your health as well. Here's how:
Some dishes you could try this Bakra Eid with a healthy twist:
1. Mutton Biryani: One cannot think of Eid celebrations without the quintessential mutton biryani. The joy of filling oneself with fragrant basmati rice loaded with traditional Indian spices and mutton marinated in yogurt is above all. Biryani is an overall healthy option to savour: it has all the necessary carbs, proteins, vitamins, minerals and healthy fat. To keep it, go low on the fats added and marinate the meat in low fat yogurt. You could also try using brown rice instead of white.
Opt for healthier food options this Bakra Eid
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2. Sheer Khurma: Sheer Khurma is a traditional delicious dessert dish made during the festival of Eid. This Eid you can add make the dish healthier by replacing refined sugar with jaggery sugar. Sheer means milk and Khurma means dates in Persian and that is essentially what the kheer is composed of. You could replace full cream milk with skimmed milk to make this and add nutritious seeds like pumpkin, watermelon seeds to it along with other dry fruits.
4. Chicken Korma: Trust me chicken korma is also healthy. The medicinal effects of healthy ingredients like turmeric, cumin, garlic and ginger that goes into the korma can be good for your health. Spicy curries are particularly good for boosting your body's natural immunity and fighting off colds and flus.
4. Exotic kebabs: These kebabs can be prepared with spinach or peas too. It is considered a super food packed with all the necessary nutrients like proteins, iron, vitamins and minerals and gram dal which is high in fiber and a good source of zinc, folate and calcium. If you are a non-vegetarian you can prepare the dish with minced chicken which is again high in protein. But do not deep fry the kebabs. Also, you can use olive oil instead of refined oil.
5. Smoothies: The alternate way to fix your dessert craving is to try out healthy smoothies which taste like desserts. They have all the essential nutrients and lots of fiber. Making your own nutrient rich smoothie will not take as long as preparing most meals. You can prepare it with dates, nuts, milk or yoghurt, seasonal vegetables and fresh fruits. It will help you feel full for a long time and energetic as well.
Hope you enjoy this Eid and stay fit!