Id-ul-Fitr or Bakrid is one of the most auspicious festivals of the Muslims. The festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and many sweets and delicacies are prepared for this occasion. Discussed below are some of the most popular desserts prepared during Bakrid.
Top 10 Bakrid Desserts
Baklava: This dish from Turkey is widely enjoyed around the world. It is essentially a sweet pastry with a rich flavor, and is prepared by filling layers of phyllo dough with a sweet sugar syrup, honey and chopped nuts.
Ma’amoul : A favourite sweet popular in the Middle Eastern countries, Ma’amoul is a sweet pastry which has a filling of nuts such as dried figs, almonds, dates, walnuts, pistachios etc. They are shaped like flat cookies or may have a dome like shape.
Sohan Halwa: Also spelled as Sohan Halva, this is a traditional sweet enjoyed in Pakistan. Prepared by boiling together a mix of water, milk, sugar and cornflour and ghee,the mixture is stirred until it hardens. Dries nuts such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios may be added and saffron is added for flavor.
Kanafe: Also spelled as knafeh, kunafah, or knafeh, this is a sweet popular in the Arabic countries. It is a type of sweet made with very thinly shredded phyllo dough or vermicelli like pastry.
Balushahis: Another traditional sweet, Balushahis are made using refined flour and shaped like small doughnuts. They are deep fried in clarified butter or ghee and are then dipped in sweet sugar syrup.
Emarti: Also known as Janngiri, this sweet is prepared using Urad dal, also known as black gram. Deep fried, this sweet sometimes has patterns similar to the funnel cakes popular at the US carnivals.
Katayef: A popular traditional sweet in the Middle Eastern cuisine, Katayef is a pancake like dessert which is stuffed with dried nuts such as chopped walnuts, pistachios etc and even goat cheese. They are a widely consumed in different areas around the world at Bakrid.
Sevaiyan: A popular traditional sweet during the Bakrid celebrations, this is prepared using very fine vermicelli which is boiled in milk. Sugar and dried nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, alnonds etc are added for flavor.
Kaek bil ajweh: These are essentially cookies filled with grounded dates and some spices such as cinnamon, anise, cardamom, fennel, cloves etc are added to impart a rich flavor to the dish. Grounded Mahleb may also be used in some versions.
Basbousa: A type of a sweet cake, Basbousa is prepared using semolina and is soaked in sugar syrup to add the sweetness. Coconut is commonly added to the sweet. Rose water and orange flower water may be added to add a different flavor.
We hope that with our Bakrid dessert ideas, you would have found new ways to make your celebrations extra flavorful.