Our guide to your plateful of desserts on Bakrid

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One of the most auspicious festivals of the Muslims, Eid al-Adha or Bakrid will be celebrated all over India with much fervour and enthusiasm on 24th September this year. Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice or the Greater Eid, this much awaited festival falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, which is the twelfth and final month in the lunar-based Islamic calendar.

Bakrid is celebrated to commemorate the great sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim who was so devoted and obedient to God’s will, that he unhesitatingly agreed to sacrifice his only son Ismail on God’s command. Hence, to honour the devotion, unquestioning faith in the almighty and the spirit of sacrifice, a goat or bakra is sacrificed as an offering during the festival. You must be aware of the regular non-vegetarian dishes which are cooked during Bakrid, so for a change, we bring you a list of top 7 lip-smacking desserts. Read on:

Ma’amoul:

Ma'amoulA sweet pastry, it has a filling of nuts such as almonds, dates, walnuts, dried figs, pistachios etc. Shaped like flat cookies, it is most popular in the Middle Eastern countries.

Sohan Halwa:

Sohan Halwa

A traditional sweet of India and Pakistan, it is prepared by boiling together a mix of milk, water, corn flour, sugar and ghee. The whole mixture is stirred until it hardens. Saffron is added for flavour along with some dried nuts almonds, walnuts and pistachios.

Balushahis:

Balushahis

Shaped like small doughnuts, it is also a traditional sweet, made using refined flour. First, they are deep fried in clarified butter or ghee and then are dipped in sweet sugar syrup.

Katayef:

Katayef

A pancake like dessert, it is a famous traditional sweet in the Middle Eastern cuisine. It boasts of appetizing stuffings like chopped walnuts, pistachios and goat cheese.

Seviyan:

Seviyan

A well-known dessert on Bakrid, it is prepared using very fine vermicelli which is boiled in milk with sugar and dried nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, almonds etc.

Basbousa:

Basbousa

A type of a sweet cake, it is made using semolina and is soaked in sugar syrup to increase the sweetness level. Though coconut is primarily added, sometimes rosewater and orange flower water are also added to give the cake a different flavor.

Kheer:

Kheer

One of the most common sweet dish to be prepared during Bakrid, it is prepared with milk, rice, sugar and cardamom.

So this Bakrid, don’t forget to pamper your tastebuds by having some meetha on your plate!

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