Islamic New Year or Al-Hijra marks the beginning of the first month of the Islamic calendar. On this day, Prophet Muhammad started his journey towards Medina from Mecca. On the beginning of the Islamic New Year, people meet their friends and relatives to share the joy of festivities. They exchange Islamic New Year gifts and wish each other a happy & prosperous year ahead. Food is an integral part of the Islamic New Year celebration. People make a variety of dishes at home that they serve to their guests and relish with family members.
We present the best food ideas to help make this Islamic New Year celebration a memorable one for you and your loved ones.
Zarda Rice or sweet yellow rice is a perfect dish for the festive mood. It is prepared in ghee and garnished with dry fruits. The aroma of spices and saffron adds to the flavour of the cuisine. As the recipe of this dish is quite simple, it always tops the chart on Islamic New Year food menu.
Haleem is another popular dish that is served during the Islamic New Year. Contrary to the first option, this dish takes longer time and elaborate preparation. Prepared with minced chicken, spices and lentils, the mouth-watering flavour of Haleem makes it a perfect dish for special celebrations like Eid, Ramadan and Islamic New Year.
Chicken kebabs are delicious food items prepared with minced chicken mixed with spices that are cooked on a low flame of coal or electric heater. This non-vegetarian dish always manages to make a space in the New Year celebration menu. Seekh kababs, shami kababs, galouti kababs, and doner kebabs are some of the most popular kababs relished by people during festivals and special occasions.
Doodh ka Sharbat
A unique smoky doodh ka sharbat is prepared and served on Islamic New Year, which signifies the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. The agarwood or oodh used in the preparation of sharbat gives it an aromatic touch. It is served chilled for the exquisite flavour and great experience.
Rice Kheer, also known as rice pudding is a traditional dessert relished on special occasions like Eid, Ramadan and Islamic New Year. It is cooked with boiled rice, milk and sugar as its main ingredients and flavoured with dry fruits like cardamoms, raisins, pistachios, and almonds. Rice Kheer is served in serving bowl or a small clay pot, which is kept in the refrigerator for chilling.
Ras Malai is a popular dessert made from cottage cheese soaked in sweetened, thickened milk flavoured with cardamom. Dry fruits are added to the dessert to make it rich in flavour. It is usually served chilled garnished with dried fruits like saffron and pistachios at the end of the meal.
Try these easy recipes at home for a fun-filled celebration. You can also order bakery and snacks items or cakes in Dubai from Ferns N Petals to send food gifts for your loved ones along with New Year wishes.
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