For those who may not know, Eid al-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the Islamic holy month. On Eid al-Fitr, Muslims gather with their loved ones to celebrate and give thanks for the delicious food they will feast on.
A central concept of Ramadan tradition is to practise altruism by engaging in voluntary giving and doing other things purely to benefit others. So this Eid al-Fitr, why not do a good deed for animals by adding these animal-friendly dishes to your menu?
Mock Lamb Shami Kebab
150 g chana dal (split Bengal gram)
3 medium onions, plus more for garnish
3 tsp cumin seed powder
3 tsp coriander seed powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp garam masala
500 g Sunshine (Everbest) mock lamb chunks
5 bay leaves
10 cardamom pods
2 cinnamon sticks
chopped mint leaves, plus more for garnish
3 Tbsp corn flour
100 g cornflakes
Refined vegetable oil
Combine the chana dal, onions, cumin seed powder, coriander seed powder, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, garam masala, mock lamb chunks, bay leaves, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, water and salt in a pressure cooker and cook for 4 to 5 whistles (approximately 10 minutes), or until the water evaporates.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then remove the bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Grind the remaining mixture into a thick paste. Add the mint leaves and corn flour and mix until well combined.
- Using your palm, shape a spoonful of the paste into a flat, round kebab. Repeat with the remaining paste.
- Grind the cornflakes into a fine powder and coat the kebabs.
- Heat the oil in a pan on high heat and fry the kebabs until golden.
- Serve hot and garnish with onion and mint leaves.
Makes 10 to 15 servings
250 g vermicelli noodles
600 ml coconut milk
500 ml water
250 g sugar
1 Tbsp cardamom powder
50 g almonds, chopped
50 g cashews, chopped
50 g pistachios, chopped
50 g raisins
- Heat the oil in a pan on high heat and fry the vermicelli until golden.
- In another pan, stir the coconut milk, water and sugar together and cook on medium heat until a syrup is formed. Stir in the cardamom powder.
- Pour the syrup into the pan of vermicelli and cook on medium heat until the noodles are soft. Add the almonds, cashews, pistachios and raisins – leaving enough to garnish with – and mix well.
- Serve hot in a large bowl and garnish.
Makes 10 to 15 servings
Enjoy! And remember: You don’t have to be celebrating Eid al-Fitr to enjoy an animal-friendly meal. Order our free vegan/vegetarian starter kit today. It’s full of mouth-watering recipes you won’t be able to resist.