Looking for traditional Pakistani Eid Recipes? This post explains which food is typically eaten for both Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha. Plus you’ll find 19 easy-to-follow, tested and perfected Pakistani recipes for your next Eid table!
What is Eid?
There are 2 Eids in the year: Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha.
- Eid-Al-Fitr (often referred to as ‘choti Eid‘ (translated to ‘small Eid‘) by Pakistanis) is the Eid celebrated on the 1st of the Islamic month of Shawwal after fasting during the month of Ramadan.
- Eid-Al-Adha (often referred to as ‘bari Eid‘ (translated to ‘big Eid‘)) is held around the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah and is meant to honor Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son.
What can I cook on Eid-Al-Fitr?
Eid-Al-Fitr is marked by the end of Ramadan. Typically, people don’t eat breakfast but a date, sheer khurma (also called doodh seviyan), or phirni before leaving for Eid prayer.
What can I cook on Eid-Al-Adha?
Most people cook from their sacrificed meat (qurbani ka gosht) on Eid-Al-Adha so you’ll find lots of meat-heavy dishes on this Eid.
What can I cook for a Pakistani-style Eid Dawat?
Typically, families outside of Pakistan often host brunch or dinner on Eid. This year, we’re obviously not hosting large gatherings, but here’s what’s typical of Eid feasting:
- For brunch, people often serve brunch-related snacks and meals such as dahi baras, samosas, chana chaat, nihari, and halwa poori. For dessert, kheer or sheer khurma is very popular. Lassi and chai (of course) are popular drinks.
- For dinner, celebratory dishes such as haleem, nihari, pulaos, and biryanis are the norm. (P.S. Check out our Dawat Guide for all things related to hosting a Pakistani-style dawat)