Last year at this point I was wallowing in lots of feelings, the feeling that Ramadan wasn't what it used to be, the feelings that came with not knowing when I'd next see my family, the feelings that came with years of living through a pandemic. This year is (Alhumdulillah times infinity) marked with different feelings. This year I am able to come on here and share Eid Menu Ideas without qualifying, without cautioning and man, it feels GOOD!
Okay so let's take those good feelings and move forward shall we? Below I am going to share FIVE different Eid Menu ideas for your Eid Dawat including make ahead tips for each! I have also included several dessert options for you to play around with.
You can tweak these as you please, but before we proceed if Eid is going to be a quiet family unwinding kinda day can I strongly suggest that you make these crowd favourite Herbed Chicken Burgers? Just a thought.
Eid Menu Must Have: Seviyan
First of all let's assume that Doodh Seviyan are always an option. Luckily I have a super easy, super quick, DELICIOUS version right here so no need to worry, you got this!
Now that we have that established let's move on.
Eid Brunch Menu
Here are some dishes you can make for Eid Brunch. Prep ahead tips below!
Chai (being a little captain obvious here, I know)
Sooji ka Halwa, I don't have a recipe up (yet), but here's one from Tea for Turmeric
Prep Ahead Tips: You can make the Keema a day or two before. Simply heat and give "dum" before serving. The Aloo and Chole are also so very quick but can easily be prepped a day ahead. I do love heating stove top for that fresh taste. For the Khageena you can prep the green chilies/onions in advance otherwise it is as quick as it comes.
Eid Lunch/Dinner: Desi Menu One, The Bigger Spread
Make ahead tips: You can marinate the raan 3-4 days in advance, the garlic chutney can be made head. The cauliflower can be steamed (10 minutes in a pot) and then marinated and roasted the day of. The Aalu ka Shorba can be made a day in advance and so can the cakes. Kheer or Caramel Crunch Ice Cream can be made two days in advance.
Eid Lunch/ Dinner: Desi Menu Two
Corn on the Cob (boil, sprinkle with a mixture of chili powder, salt, and lemon. obviously)
Prep ahead tips: Prep the biryani masala in advance and cook the rice the day of. The chicken for the paratha can also be marinated a day in advance, and the Ras Malai Cake is best when made a day before.
Eid Menu: Desi + Non Desi One: The Bigger Spread
A Green Salad
Rice - Plain or Matar Pulao
Prep Ahead Tips: Marinate the chicken a day in advance, it cooks quickly stovetop the day of. The White Sauce Chicken Pasta and the Chicken and Cheese Casserole can be prepped a day before too, just bake the day of. The daal palak, kachay keemay ke kabab mixture, gobi gosht, baingan raita, caramel custard, and marble cake can all be made a day ahead.
Eid Menu Desi + Non Desi: Two
A Fattoush Salad or any green salad
A Mezze Platter (tons of inspo on Pinterest for this!)
Prep Ahead Tips: Marinate the chicken a day ahead and make both sauces. The Pasanday/Bhuna Gosht can be mae a day ahead as can the Aloo Cholay, the Jalfrezi, the Mousse and the Cake options. Cauliflower fritters can be made the day of and just heated in the oven at 350F for a few minutes before serving.
Hope these ideas help you plan a delicious Eid!