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Eid-al-Adha 2018, commonly known as Bakrid, will be celebrated across India on August 22. Jama Masjid has made the announcement to this effect. The day reminds us of 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.
Some part of sacrificed animal (sheep or a goat) is gifted to friends and family. Its also 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.
On this occasion, 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. Its festival time but we need to take care of our health as well. Here's how:
Non veg recipes
1. Mutton Biryani:
Mutton Biryani and Eid celebrations go parallel. 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 replace white rice with brown rice.
2. Chicken Korma:
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 flu.
3. 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.
4. Sheer Khurma:
Sheer Khurma is a traditional delicious dessert dish made during the festival of Eid. This Eid you can 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.
5. Smoothies:
The alternate way to fix your dessert craving is to try out healthy smoothies which taste like desserts.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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