There is a huge Islam following in the northern part of Africa. Consequently, there is also a huge celebration during Eid al-Fitr in this part of the world. Just like in many other Islamic regions, you can also find unique Eid al-Fitr dishes in Africa.
Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the biggest holiday in the religion. After a whole month of fasting Muslims can celebrate their victory festively, including those in Africa. Here are some of the unique Eid al-Fitr dishes from Africa.
To start the Eid al-Fitr day, Moroccans usually enjoy Laasida. At a glance, Laasida looks like a rice pudding. However, it is actually some sort of couscous with butter and honey as the sweetener. This is a simple dish, usually enjoyed with figs, pomegranate, pistachio, and a cup of tea. Laasida is so soft it is great for breakfast, especially after you get used to fasting for a month.
This is a small circular cookie, eaten by Egyptians and Sudanese during Eid al-Fitr. This biscuit is an important part of Egyptian culture as is it often consumed during big celebrations. Kahk is often cooked during the social activity of a region, women work together to bake it. There are unique designs that are usually stamped on top of the kahk, and it’s for the cook to decide.
Wat is an Ethiopian curry or stew with chicken, lamb, or beef as the main ingredient. They also add vegetables and spice mixtures in the mix. Doro wat is a stew especially made with chicken and hard-boiled eggs. This is the most popular dish in Ethiopia and is usually available on special occasions. Usually, Doro wat is served in a huge communal bowl.
In brief, you can say that cambaabur is crepe from Somalia. However, this is not your usual crepes. The batter is usually fermented before baked, so you need at least two days to prepare this delicacy. This crepe also uses some spices like turmeric, cumin, onion, garlic, and saffron. Cambaabur is a very popular snack in this area. They usually enjoy it with yoghurt, melted ghee, or sugar sprinkle.
You can find variations of Tajine in almost all North African countries. However, Tajine is very popular in Morocco and Algeria. Tajine is essentially a slow-cooked stew with meat (beef or lamb) and vegetables and fruits. You also might have plums and apricots in Tajine. As a result, the broth has a unique taste and people often add French fries as a side dish for tajine.
Africa has many delicious delicacies that are available during special occasions. In other words, you can enjoy many Eid al-Fitr dishes from Africa. Most of them has history originating from thousand years ago.