Celebrating Eid: Of festivities, family, friends and mouth-watering food

  • Abhinav Verma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2016 20:38 IST
Celebs talk about their favourite Eid treats and the camaraderie that makes the festival so special.

Eid is the perfect occasion to give up all differences and open your heart to everyone regardless of faith. The festival of sharing helps form a strong bond among families, friends and neighbours. And of course, there is a lot of yummy food for everyone to relish.

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The Eid dastarkhwan (the festive dining spread) brings together a smorgasbord of flavours. From melt-in-your-mouth kebabs to the quintessential meethi seviyan, celebrities tell us about their favourite Eid delicacies that they love to gorge on and the love and camaraderie that sweetens up the celebration.

Manish Paul, Actor

Manish Paul loves the Kashmiri delicacy Aab Gosht. (Shivam Saxena/HT)

Eid has always been about unwinding with close friends and gorging on some great food. What’s special about Eid is how people put in their heart in everything they cook. Apart from Biryani and sweet dishes, Aab Gosht is my favourite Eid delicacy. It’s made by cooking chunks of meat in milk with dry fruits.

Vir Das, Comedian

Vir Das’ trainer Mansoor introduced him to the exotic dish Haleem on Eid.

For me, Eid means chilling with my family, the feeling of brotherhood, and scrumptious food topped with good music. You can’t put together an Eid feast without Haleem.

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My trainer Mansoor introduced me to the exotic dish, a combination of meat and lentils. I had once wrapped up a film four days before Eid and had been on a diet. That’s when I tried the dish and totally loved it.

Sunil Sethi, FDCI President

Sunil Sethi swears by the traditional Biryani on Eid. (Shivam Saxena/HT)

I marvel at the way my neighbour makes Biryani for me. The rice is so fragrant. On Eid, food is cooked with such camaraderie and love. My fondest memories of Eid is going to my friend’s house and being hugged warmly. It’s heart-warming to see people opening their homes for everyone.

Nida Mahmood, Designer

For Nida Mahmood, her mother’s Galawati kebabs are to die for. (Waseem Gashroo/HT)

While growing up, it was a tradition to go to the terrace on the last evening of Ramzan to spot the moon. Eid lunch used to be an elaborate feast. My mom would prepare the choicest of dishes. Her spicy Galawati kebabs made with minced meat and roasted gram flour which melted in mouth were to die for.

Shahnaz Husain, Entrepreneur

Seviyan is Shahnaz Husain’s favourite on Eid.

Eid is not only about the house being decorated or the way people dress up. It’s the way people open their house to their friends for lunch. Seviyan is my favourite Eid delicacy. Its sweetness comes not from the ingredients but from the love which people put in it while making it.

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