In the Hijri calendar, Day 10 of month number 12 – Dhul-Hijjah is the day we celebrate Eid Aldha. They call this holiday “Festival of the Sacrifice”, as the main highlight of this holiday is sacrificing. “It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God’s command. But, before Abraham could sacrifice his son, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead” Wiki.
One of the greatest traditions during this holy holiday, is sharing this sacrificed lamb. The tradition is to cut the lamb into 3 big thirds: one third to keep for your house, second third to give as a gift to relatives and neighbors, and the last third is given as a charity to the poor.
So, yes! the whole table consists of meat meat meat and more meat! Once the meat is distributed at the very early morning, many delicious goodies will be prepared. I’ll walk you through them right away.
Very popular in Western region and some of the Central region cities “Fatta”. Fatta mainly consist of : Roasted bread, Rice, and Lamb. Roasted bread will be first layer from bottom, topped with white rice, and the lamb pieces. Now, what gives this dish a magical flavor blends is (my favorite part ever!) the sauce added at the very end: Garlic cooed in oil added to black vinegar! roasted nuts are a must add to this dish. So let’s think of all of those together now: we got Crunchy, slippery and chewy textures. We got starchy, bready, ricy, meaty, nutty, fatty flavors. We got salty, sour and some bitter tastes. What a carnival! just for the records, some add fresh tomato sauce as a topping, personally i don’t prefer this addition.
For those who prefer a lighter choice for breakfast, another famous dish is prepared on the Eid morning called (try the pronunciation) “Meat Mo-Gal-Gal”. Very simple dish eaten with bread. Prepared with Lamb meat cubes, onion, tomato and spices. The key here is to cook the meat with onion and tomato to get a runny stock flavored with your desired spices ( such as cumin, dry coriander, black pepper, black lemon, cinnamon, turmeric, onion & garlic powder). It is meaty in flavor, but tomato-y as well. has mixture of chewy & runny textures.
An even lighter and simpler choice! Kebdda Mo-Gal-Gal. Instead of cooking any lamb parts, you can use the liver and kidneys (other parts too if like). It is prepared by cooking the liver with onion and very little tomato, black pepper, cumin and salt. Some parsley and green spicy pepper can be added as a topping. Some add a little pomegranate molasses too (but it is not part of the Saudi traditional recipe). It is eaten with Arabic bread as well. Liver pieces are crunchy and less chewy than meat. When you bite onion cubes you will hear their crunch and they will produce their tasty mouth watering juices. The hints of tomato will deliver some sweet bitter sour tastes. and All together will make you taste the taste of Eid!
Tell us what you prepare tomorrow 🙂