Eid al Fitr (Sweet Eid) is the first Eid of the year and celebrates the end of Ramadan. It also marks the anniversary of the Quran being revealed. Eid al fitr is the feast of breaking the fast. Ramadam is a period of either 29 or 30 days of fast from dawn to sunset. Muslims around the world embrace this fasting period with great focus and respect.You may remember my article on Global Festivals and holy days in which I mentioned the second Eid al- Adha (salty Eid) celebrated later in the year.
Through out the period of Ramadam each day after sunset - the fast is broken usually by eating a date. The date is believed by many Muslims to be a super food and that the best dates come from Medina in Saudi Arabia, which is where the prophet lived and also where he died. See my article
Some Muslims I have spoken to express how calm they feel through out this period . And that is a time for peace and reflection and that it gives them great focus; including the Birmingham cricketer Moeen Ali who claims fasting and playing cricket for England is no distraction - in fact quite he opposite.
Eid - al Fitr is a celebration with many types of food and dishes which may be eaten with friends and family. In my last artcle about Eid - al Adha I gave a recipe for Tal Hue Ghost. Here is a quick sweet recipe for you to try that help celbrate this sweet Eid al Fitr
125g Full cream Powdered milk
250 Caster sugar or add less
5 Green Cardamoms pods - seeds crushed
12 pistachio nuts shelled and chopped( unsalted)
Butter for greasing
Sallow dish or baking tin lined with grease proof paper
Knife and chopping board
- Place the sugar and water into the pan. Boil and then allow to simmer for 6-7 minutes, until the mixture turns into a sticky syrup
- Add the powdered milk, crushed cardamoms. pistachio nuts and mix well
- Pour this mixture into the dish and leave to cool pistachio flakes on top
- When the barfi has set cut into diamond shapes pieces
Tip: Try adding a drop of rose water for a subtle fragrance, or desiccated coconut to the mixture before setting it. Or you could be very indulgent and cover the top with melted chocolate