Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice is celebrated every year to commemorate the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim. Celebrated over a period of four days, it sees Muslims sacrifice an animal to mark the obedience of Ibrahim towards the Allah.
According to the story, when Allah visited Ibrahim in his dream, he asked him to sacrifice his son Isma’il to mark his obedience, and Ibrahim obeyed. But just when he was about to sacrifice his son, Allah stopped him and replaced Isma’il with a lamb.
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Since then, the festival is celebrated to honour his sacrifice, and Muslim families the world over practice the ritual of sacrificing a lamb. The festival is also marked by donating to charity so that the less fortunate can be a part of the celebration.
The auspicious event is marked by prayer, followed by people greeting family, exchanging gifts, and indulging in a lavish feast.
The highlight of Eid, indeed, is the food prepared on this day. From
keema to mutton
kalejis, the dining table is lined with most mouth-watering delicacies. But the star of the evening, undoubtedly is
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The word ‘
Sheer’ is the Persian term for milk and the word ‘
Khurma’ is a synonym for dates.
The traditional recipe is prepared differently in every Muslim household but the key ingredients for the recipe are the same for all.
Sheer Khurma is a delicious amalgamation of vermicelli (
sevai), milk, ghee, sugar, dates and lots of nuts.
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Here’s a classic recipe of the mouth-watering dessert:
- Full cream milk: 500 ml
- Desi ghee: ¼ cup
- Almonds (blanched and chopped): 1/4 cup
- Cashews (chopped): 1/4 cup
- Pistachios (chopped): 1/4 cup
- Raisins: 1/4 cup
- Vermicelli: 50 gm
- Dates: 2 tbsp
- Sugar: ¼ cup
- Saffron: ½ tsp
- Cardamom powder: ½ tsp
- Take the desi ghee in a pan and heat it
- Add chopped almonds, cashews, pistachios and raisins to it
- In another pan, heat some ghee and roast vermicelli in it
- In a third wide pan, heat the milk and let it simmer till it thickens, then add sugar to it
- Add roasted nuts and vermicelli to milk along with dates and saffron and leave to simmer
- Keep stirring, then add cardamom powder
- Let it cool and garnish with nuts and dates
- Serve chilled
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While every ingredient of
Khurma is healthy; nevertheless, there is always room for improvement, i.e., making it healthier.
Some simple ingredient swaps can help you prepare the dish in a healthier way. According to city-based nutritionist Pooja Malhotra, “While every ingredient is healthy,
Sheer Korma can be prepared in a better way. The quantity of
ghee used can be regulated and instead of using full-fat milk, people can opt for toned milk. The fat content in it is comparatively lower. Also, instead of refined sugar, brown sugar can be used. But more than that, the key to enjoying this dessert in a healthy way is portion control. Keep a check on how much you eat at a time.”
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For patients, the ideal diabetic diet plan would be to have 1200-1600 calories per day. It is recommended that diabetics should eat good carbs, fats, and healthy proteins, but in small portions.
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The fats in
ghee, cashews and sugar can add on to your body weight and take a toll on the health of
diabetics and heart patients.
Eid, celebrate both obedience and health by with a healthy