Impress your guests this Eid with these scrumptious yet easy mini kebab rolls, achari chicken, mango sawaiyan and ginger peach drink!

Published: June 24, 2017
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Eidul Fitr is one of the most joyous occasions in the Muslim world which is spent exchanging gifts, visiting family and, of course, enjoying all the amazing food.

For a month that was perceived to be extremely slow, Ramazan sure flew by. The one Eid I got to celebrate in the UK was surely a memorable one. Our desi crew went to the campus mosque, offered prayers, then headed back to the dorms where we all had doodh patti (milk-based tea).

Later on, we all dressed up in our desi attire and went to watch Salman Khan’s Kick (not a memory I cherish). Afterwards, we headed to Akbar’s for some good old desi splendour.

It’s funny and maybe it’s only me, but Eid abroad feels more like Eid. I still have not been able to pinpoint exactly how or why, but I am sure a lot of people would agree.

As the last few days of Ramazan approach, everyone gets extremely busy as people begin shopping for multiple outfits and groceries in order to prepare for Eid.

Most of Eid is spent snacking on sweets and feasting on rich foods which. to be honest, is one of the best parts of Eid festivities.

I’m going to present a simple and tasty meal plan which you can follow for a delicious Eid feast. Not much energy is required for these meals, I promise. I have prepared a whole three-course meal which includes mini kebab rolls as appetiser, achari chicken as the main, and mango sawaiyan as a dessert. I have also included a refreshing ginger peach drink to serve to your guests as a welcome drink! So here we go!

Appetiser: Mini kebab rolls

Ingredients:

Chicken mince – ½ kg

Egg – 1

Ginger and garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Onion – 1 small (finely chopped)

Green chillies – 3 (finely chopped)

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Crushed black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Garam masala powder (all spices) – ½ tsp

Method:

1. Mix all the ingredients into the chicken mince and refrigerate for an hour at least.

2. Shape your kebabs and keep aside.

3.Heat six tablespoons of oil in a pan, place the kebabs in the pan and cook on medium flame till they turn into a golden colour all around.

4.You can place the kebabs on a paper towel for the tissue to absorb the excess oil and serve. You can freeze them and use them whenever required (microwave or grill).

Note: Make sure you don’t wash the mince as you won’t be able to form the rolls if the mixture is too watery. If that is the case, add bread crumbs to stiffen it.


Main Course: Achari chicken

Ingredients:

Boneless chicken breasts – 4 pieces (cut into bite sizes pieces)

Yogurt – 1 cup

Onions –2 large (grind into a paste with as little water as possible)

Green chillies – 2 to 3 large (julienne – add as per taste)

Whole Seeds:

Fenugreek seeds – ½ tsp (optional)

Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

Onion seeds –1 tsp

Powdered Spices:

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Salt – 2 tsp (as per your taste)

Method:

1.Grind the whole seeds mixture coarsely and keep aside.

2.Heat the oil, add the onion paste and fry till it is pink in colour. This takes about two minutes.

3.Add the chicken in the onion mixture and keep frying till it is slightly cooked. This will take around five to six minutes.

4.Add the powdered spices and mix for three to four more minutes and then add the coarsely powdered mixture.

5.Keep mixing till the chicken is almost cooked (about six to seven minutes), next add the yogurt and sauté.

6.Sauté till most of the water is absorbed and the chicken turns reddish brown in colour.

7.Add green chillies and cook for two more minutes.


Dessert: Mango sawaiyan

Ingredients:

Mango pulp

Sugar – ¼ cup

Milk – 3 cups

Vermicelli – 1 cup

Method:

1.Boil the milk, add sugar and then the vermicelli. Cook till they become soft.

2.Let the mixture cool. Then add the mango pulp and serve cold.

Note: I used coloured Vermicelli to add some Eid feels to it.


Drink: Ginger peach drink

Ingredients:

Water – 1 cup

Fresh ginger – 1 to 2 inch pieces, according to the thickness of a thumb (peeled and minced)

Peach (soft to gushy) – 1 (halved, pitted, and thinly sliced)

Ice cubes – As many as you require

Fresh mint leaves – for garnish (optional)

Method:

Mix all the ingredients including ice in a blender. Serve it extremely chilled.

This Eid, please do not forget those who cannot celebrate. Do not forget the orphans, the widows, the aged and the handicapped. It is, after all, a day of celebration, therefore, include everyone and make this day as special as possible.

Eid Mubarak everyone!

All photos: Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

Arhama Siddiqa

The author is a LUMS and University of Warwick Alumnus and is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI). She calls herself a bibliophile,a dreamer and an avid foodie. She also has a Instagram food blog: @chakhoous (www.instagram.com/chakhoous/) . She tweets @arhama_siddiqa (twitter.com/arhama_siddiqa)

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Parvez

    First let me wish you, in advance….Eid Mubarak.
    I don’t know much about the first two items, they seem ‘ OK… I’ve tasted that ‘ but the Mango sawaiyan and the Ginger Peach drink seem ‘ Wow !…. that looks tempting ‘.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    Thank you! Khair Mubarak!
    Mango sawaiyan were an accidental discovery and they taste amazing
    And I should have written this but Ginger peach just digests everything in a heavenly bliss if that makes sense =pRecommend

  • Patwari

    Oh! There you are! A very Happy Eid Mubarak to you and yours.
    The rest looks scrumptious. Everything fell in line, in place, in this
    blog. The photographs, the recipes, user friendly techniques, good.
    The mango sewaiyan! Now that is culinary invention/adventurism!
    With a good twist. But you hit the jackpot. No doubt.
    Still drooling from the after effects of the mango seywaiyan concoction.Recommend

  • Patwari

    Eid Mubarak to you, sir.Recommend

  • Parvez

    Yes…….the Peach / Ginger drink sounds really good.
    When you say ….Eid abroad feels more like Eid…..possibly its the more simple celebration involved when abroad that allows one to savor the feel of the passing of the month of Ramadan……which at home gets swallowed up by the rather ‘ over-the-top ‘ activities that seem to keep increasing.
    For me and most of my friends this is a day for the children….. we sit around and smile.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    Possibly yes that is the case
    Haha yes with the eidi excitement especially !
    It seems age and eidi have a negative correlation =pRecommend

  • Hamsid

    Khair mubarak!
    Haha thank you! Do give it a try its super easy and yum!Recommend

  • Parvez

    Thank you Sir …..and Eid Mubarak to as well.
    Must say you have a keen eye…….you too spotted the Mango sawaiyan.Recommend

  • Mehmood

    Eid Mubarak to you Arhama.. Good recipes..Recommend

  • Soraiyya Khan.

    Recipes tried. Guests/family wondering about the mango sehwaiyyan. Delicious.
    Thanks.Recommend

  • Patwari

    You are right about the vast differences in desi or abroad Eids.
    Well, it would be like comparing apples and oranges.
    Each have their own flavor and ambiance.
    A desi Eid, means bazaars, relatives coming going, shopping,
    women looking, for ‘churiyans’, malls, bazaars open late, last minute shopping. More shopping, more last minute discounts!!
    On Eid day, relatives, cousins, sisters brothers, coming by. You visiting friends, relatives. The Eid Namaz, a giant affair in all cities. The whole country celebrating the special day with you.
    While Eid abroad is more limited, but nevertheless just as good
    as the one at home. Makes you appreciate it more.Recommend

  • farhan

    if i have a wife, i would like her to have this interest for making food. :DRecommend

  • Parvez

    On the issue of eidi do read the piece written by Farahnaz Zahidi on the very same site ……its interesting and the lady has her head screwed on right.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    yay! I am glad you liked them =)Recommend

  • Hamsid

    Khair Mabrook !
    Thank you =)Recommend

  • Hamsid

    I agree but for example or maybe its just that I ended up coming across such people this time around, who preferred to stay sleeping in bed on Eid day opposed to greeting family and friends.
    But again I agree with youRecommend

  • Hamsid

    you’r welcome =)Recommend

  • Parvez

    Why wait for a wife ……. men do cook and incidentally make brilliant chefs.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    thank you I just did , and she is spot on right “Because when it comes to children, it is the parents that set the tone.”
    ^sums it upRecommend

  • Hamsid

    Agreed … dunno how but it comes naturally to men for some reasonRecommend

  • Patwari

    Generally, speaking, rule of the thumb, men are not good at cooking.Just a personal opinion.
    Sorry. Disagree. It does not come naturally.The greatest chefs, at least well known chefs are men. Just about all over the world. [with the exception of Julia Child] That could be because women were not given the opportunity, or a chance to prove how well they can compete with the men.
    It’s only recently that women chefs are making their mark.
    [talking about great Cordon Bleu chefs or Michelin star restaurants chefs]
    Now women are definitely ahead of men when it comes to
    cooking at home. They rule the kitchen Everywhere in the world.
    Must admit that Arhama… er.. Hamsid has made passable
    cook out of yours truly !! [A very recent occurrence.!!]Recommend

  • Hamsid

    haha you’r welcome I am glad !Recommend

  • Parvez

    You should have disagreed with me ….it has little to do with natural talent because both men and women are equally talented. Food at this level is an industry and lets be honest like most others it is infused with a sense of patriarchy.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    No Honestly may be its the men I have come across , but they are naturally very good but yes men and women are equally talented but men have more of a food instinct i believeRecommend

  • farhan

    Cant i have freedom of thought in this regards?I dont like cooking, please dont make it a feminist issue here, have of enough of them alreadyRecommend

  • Hamsid

    lol he is saying females are better cooks I am saying men are this is far from a feminist issue =pRecommend

  • Parvez

    Absolutely …..curtailing freedom of expression rests with the ‘ blog police ‘, I am but a simple mortal. Another thing, I too don’t like cooking…… and I had absolutely no intention of ‘ making it a feminist issue ‘ my friend. I’m puzzled as to how you even came to that conclusion ….. Arhama’s blog is a fun site, so don’t take things too seriously.Recommend

  • farhan

    MashAllah, i sense you have humbleness and dont take offense as silly feminists. My sister read the quran. It is a Book which the humble can understand. I read all the translation and i sense that maybe you have what it takes to truly understand it, just give it a go, 1page per day, May Allah bless you my sister.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    what he said =pRecommend

  • farhan
  • Parvez

    For my benefit kindly explain : D …..Recommend

  • Parvez

    You use = p, a lot . Excuse my ignorance but could you explain both =p and : D in simple terms…..I really am at a loss here , because even Google is not very helpful.Recommend

  • Hamsid

    hahaha =p is a tongue smiley and =D is the whole 32 teeth smile !Recommend

  • farhan

    all i meant was its all good. chill scene. as we say ‘mast mahol to meethay chawal’.Recommend

  • Webendenter

    Salman Khan should celebrate EID with more things to do.Recommend