It can get quite hectic with fasting throughout the month and then preparing a big feast for Eid day. What you need are quick and easy dishes that taste delicious but take little effort and time. This way you can enjoy your time with your loved ones without worrying about making the food.
Top Easy-To-Cook Dishes For Eid
Here are the top 20 easy-to-cook dishes for you to try this Eid:
1. Air Fried Drumsticks
Let us start with appetizers since the Eid feast consists of many courses. Everybody loves drumsticks. Make drumsticks in an air fryer for a quick and healthy appetizer. You need only prep the drumsticks by marinating them.
Cooking in the air fryer reduces calories by 70% to 80%. It is the dish your body needs after a full month of fasting.
2. Potato Cutlets
Another flavorful appetizer is potato cutlets. These can be made well in advance. Just add in spices and herbs of your liking to mashed potatoes. Shape the mixture into small cutlets and freeze for later use.
You can air fry or deep fry these for a quick and vegetarian option. Remember to coat the cutlets with a beaten egg and crumbs before frying.
3. Ground Beef Skewers
Not for the faint-hearted, ground beef skewers are a decadent appetizer option. Get good quality ground beef, mix in your choice of spices and herbs. Shape the skewers and freeze.
Fry when needed. Serve these with a mint and yoghurt sauce. This dish is sure to impress your guests.
4. Vegetable Yogurt Sauce
If you are serving meat-based appetizers then you must include 'raita', a yoghurt sauce. The yoghurt complements every other dish. It is also good for digestion, something you need after a large feast.
Mix in vegetables, like cucumbers, tomatoes, and boiled potatoes with the yoghurt and season with some salt.
5. Mint Sauce
Another necessary condiment is a mint sauce. Blend fresh mint with some green chilies, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. You can add in other herbs as well like roasted cumin. Mix this sauce with yoghurt or use it on its own.
Mint sauce goes with everything, especially Biryani and Palau.
6. Fresh Salad
Mix in a bowl of fresh salad. Season it with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. The acidity is necessary to accompany the rich dishes on the menu. A simple dish rounds off the menu beautifully. It also adds color to the table, so remember to use fresh ingredients.
7. Instant Pot Biryani
It is hard to go wrong with Biryani. It is the perfect comfort dish chock-full of flavor. A Biryani has it all, carbs, proteins, and there are so many variations that you can make vegan or gluten-free options as well.
While it sounds difficult, make your Biryani in an instant pot to cut the hard work in half. Simply marinate the meat overnight and then put all the ingredients in an instant pot. The slow cooking process creates the perfect ‘dum’ style Biryani that will have your guests licking their fingers.
8. Chicken 65
Who says chicken dishes have to be boring! Chicken 65 is an excellent addition to your Eid dinner. A wonderful tasting dish uses surprisingly few ingredients and a very simple cooking method.
The dish goes well with plain rice and is a fusion dish that is unique and delicious.
9. Iranian Jeweled Rice
This will have your guests wanting more. This rich main course has everything from nuts to carrots, orange peels, and saffron. It is a dish fit for a king.
Iranian rice is quite different from usual rice dishes. It balances sweet and savory flavors perfect for a unique experience. While the dish has a lot of ingredients, it is a quite simple dish.
10. Mutton Palau
This is a classic and is super easy. All you need to do is make a nice stock with the mutton, onions, garlic, and other dried herbs. These include cinnamon, black pepper, star anise, nutmeg, and so on.
Simply boil the rice in this stock to get perfectly aromatic Palau rice.
11. Instant Pot Haleem
Haleem is a staple Eid menu item. Most equate Haleem with hours of hard labor, but you can cheat your way by using an instant pot.
Put all the ingredients in an instant pot. Use a spice mix for added flavor and let the pot do all the work. You will have a delicious Haleem in no time.
12. Beef Nihari In An Instant Pot
Beef nihari is another labor-intensive dish that you can simplify using an instant pot. The most important thing to keep in mind is using beef shank. Also, add in bones separately to get the thick gravy.
13. Meatball Curry
You can make meatballs out of any kind of meat and freeze them to make a quick and easy curry when needed. Prepare the meatballs in advance and you can get a mouthwatering curry in under 30 mins.
This dish goes with flatbread and rice, making it a great main for your feast.
15. Mix Vegetable Curry
Need a vegan option for your main course, try mixing vegetable curry. The best thing about this dish is you can use any combination of vegetables. Try vegetables that are in season and complement each other in flavor.
The curry is involved stir-frying which takes little time. The results, however, are delicious.
16. Milk Pudding
No Eid feast is complete without a dessert. The number one favorite Eid dessert is a thick milk pudding with vermicelli and nuts.
From the West Asia to India, you will find variations of this dessert everywhere.
This Western Asian dessert is super easy even though it may not look like it. The recipe requires using filo pastry along with a date and nuts filling. It has alternate layers of pastry and filling. Bake the dish once you have topped it with an egg wash. Baklava pairs well with tea and coffee.
18. Rice Pudding In An Instant Pot
If you thought you could only make savory dishes with your instant pot then you are in for a surprise. Put rice, milk, and sugar in an instant pot for the creamiest rice pudding. Top off the rice pudding with almonds and crushed coconut.
19. Mix Fruit Salad
If you do not want a heavy dessert then cut up some fresh fruits. Mix the fruits to make a bowl of fresh fruits for a healthy dessert.
End the feast with a traditional kehwa. You can make one yourself with a few herbs or buy a store-bought one. Kehwa is the best way to end any meal. It is the detox your body needs after a full course meal.
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