By IANSlife Features
New Delhi, May 23 (IANSlife) Marking an end to the Holy month of Ramadan and with Eid festivities in full swing, food is one thing that every household will be devouring. A traditional Eid spread is quite the delight.

Here is a curated list of our favourite festive dishes along with recipes for your Eid feast curtesy The Almond Board of California. Pick from wholesome dishes or sweet treats, there’s something for everyone:

ALMOND AND MAKHANA KHEER
Ingredients Quantity

Full cream milk 2 cups
Sugar 4 tbsp.
Saffron strands a pinch
Green cardamom powder ½ tsp
Almond slivers ½ cup
Makhana (fox nuts) 1 cup
Ghee 2 tbsp
Serves: 2-3 people

Method

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, roast makhana and almond sliver till they are golden.

Heat milk and saffron strands in a heavy bottomed pan and bring it to a boil; keep stirring the milk, so that it does not sticks at the bottom.

Add the sugar to the milk, and mix well.

Add the whole makhana to the milk. Add the almond slivers to the mixture.

Keep cooking the mixture till the makhana becomes softs and milk thickens a bit.

Serve the kheer hot or chilled. Top it with roasted almond sliver and chopped roasted makhana.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 1152 Protein 28.1 gm
Total fat 88.4 gm Saturated Fats 13.1 gm
Monounsaturated Fats 36.9 gm Polyunsaturated Fats 13.4 gm
Carbohydrates 76.6 gm Fiber 12.4 gm
Cholesterol 30 mg Sodium 452.6 mg
Calcium 816 mg Magnesium 375.4 mg
Potassium 1138 mg Vitamin E 51.8 mg

ALMOND AND CUSTARD APPLE RABRI
Ingredients Quantity

Custard apple pulp 2 gm
Double cream (fat) 1 gm
Castor sugar 30 gm
Almonds 30 gm
Serves: 4

Method

Toast the almonds at 1 degree celsius for 1 mins in the oven.

Grind toasted almonds to a coarse powder and chop the remaining.

Mix custard apple pulp, double cream, and sugar together, add the ground almonds and mix.

Chill in the refrigerator and garnish with chopped almonds before serving.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 1020 Protein 15.3 gm
Total fat 67.7 gm Saturated Fats 25.6 gm
Monounsaturated Fats 29.8 gm Polyunsaturated Fats 8 gm
Carbohydrates 85.2 gm Fiber 18.7 gm
Cholesterol 137 mg Sodium 46.4 mg
Calcium 249.5 mg Magnesium 262.2 mg
Potassium 1119 mg Vitamin E 14.5 mg

ALMOND MIXED GRAIN BIRYANI
Ingredients Quantity

Barley washed & drained 1/2 cup
Brown rice, washed & drained 1/2 cup
Pearl Millet, washed & drained 1/2 cup
Ghee 2 tsp
Garlic, Chopped 1 tsp
Ginger, Chopped 1 tbsp
Green Chilli, Chopped 1 tsp
Baby carrots, diced 1/2 cup
Onion red, sliced 1/4 cup
Black Pepper, Crushed 1/2 tsp Salt to Taste
Vegetable stock 7 cups
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Chopped Coriander 1½ tsp
Chopped Spring Onion 1½ tsp
Almonds 1/4 cup
Serves: 2-3 people

Method

Heat ghee in a large dutch oven/pot over medium heat. Add cumin seeds & bay leaf. As it crackles add onion, green chilli, garlic & ginger; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add carrots. Raise heat to medium-high, and cook, until carrots are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in all of the grains and cook for 12 minutes. Stir in stock; bring to a boil.

Add almonds. Cover the pot, and put in oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 180 degree celsius (check after 30 minutes; remove lid and cook a little longer if grains need to be softer). Fold in chopped herbs. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 959.7 Protein g 29.37
Total fat g 51.15 Saturated g 9.85
Monounsaturated g 16.08 Polyunsaturated g 6
Carbohydrates g 151.62 Fiber g 31.32
Cholesterol mg 0 Sodium mg 4928
Calcium mg 44.9 Magnesium mg 74.05
Potassium mg 1338.9 Vitamin E IU 1.7

ALMOND AND SESAME PINNI
Ingredients Quantity

Wheat flour 2 cup
Semolina 2½ tbsp.
Roasted Almond slivers ¼ cup
Roasted White Sesame powder ¼ cup
Pure ghee ¾ cup
Gram flour (besan) 1½ tbsp
Sugar 1 cup
Water ½ cup
Green cardamom powder ½ tsp
Roasted white sesame 1 tbsp
Roasted whole almonds 3 tbsp
Serving: 4 serves

Method:

Heat ghee in a pan, add semolina and wheat flour to it. Roast the mixture till a golden colour is achieved.

Mix the sugar and water in a pan, and put it over low heat. Cook till single string sugar syrup is formed.

Mix the sugar syrup with the wheat flour mixture. Add the green cardamom powder.

Cook the mixture till it becomes a little dry. Add the roasted almond flakes and ground white sesames to the mixture and mix well.

Allow the mixture to cool. Divide the mixture into equal parts and shape it into rounds.

Cut the roasted almond into halves and place it over the pinnis and roll the pinnis gently in roasted white sesame.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 1382.38 Protein g 23.56
Total fat g 68.45 Saturated g 25.51
Monounsaturated g 22.43 Polyunsaturated g 10.10
Carbohydrates g 171.03 Fiber g 9.65
Cholesterol g 0.97 Sodium g 0.01
Calcium g 2.03 Magnesium g 0.91
Potassium g 1.66 Vitamin E IU 0.032

LAMB AND ALMOND KORMA
Ingredients Quantity

Lamb Shoulder Cuts 1 Kg
Chopped onion 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste 3 tbsp
Plain yoghurt 2 cup
Blanched almonds, skin removed 1 cup
Cinnamon 1 stick
Black cardamom 2 no.
Green cardamom 3 no.
Cumin powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Ghee 4 tbsp
Water 3 cups
Servings: 4 serves

Method:

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan, fry the onions in the ghee till they are golden. Remove onions from the oil.

Add the lamb pieces to the ghee and fry it till they are golden in colour; add the ginger garlic paste and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.

Make a smooth paste of yoghurt and ½ cup of blanched almonds. Add this paste to the lamb and keep on stirring it till oil separates out. Add the fried onions to the lamb.

Reduce the heat, and add water. Cover the pan and let the lamb simmer for an hour or till tender.

Cut the remaining blanched almonds into small pieces and add it to the korma.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 1310.97 Protein g 74.81
Total fat g 99.022 Saturated g 32.35
Monounsaturated g 47.03 Polyunsaturated g 12.52
Carbohydrates g 33.50 Fiber g 10.40
Cholesterol g 0.55 Sodium g 1.69
Calcium g 0.53 Magnesium g 0.27
Potassium g 1.60 Vitamin E IU 0.02

SMOKED ALMOND RAITA
Ingredients Quantity

Almond Flakes ¼ Cup
Yoghurt 1 Cup
Dry Roasted Jeera powder ¼ Tsp
Black pepper powder ¼ Tsp
Salt To Taste
Black Salt ¼ Tsp
Chopped Garlic 2 Tsp
Chopped coriander leaves 1 Tsp
Sunflower Oil 2 Tsp
Hot Coal 2-3 pieces
Ghee 1 Tbsp
Serves: 2-3

Method:

In a heavy bottom pan, heat the oil. Roast the chopped garlic until golden.

In a bowl, add the yoghurt and whisk it well.

Add the jeera powder, black pepper powder, salt, black salt, roasted garlic. Mix gently.

Take the almond flakes in a bowl.

Make a small bowl like structure out of the aluminum foil, and place it in the center of the bowl with almond flakes.

Place 2-3 small pieces of hot coal in the aluminum foil. And pour some ghee on top of it.

Cover the almond bowl immediately with aluminum foil and keep it covered for 10-15 minutes. The almonds are smoked.

Remove the foil and the coal from the almonds and add these smoked almonds to the raita and mix gently.

Serve the raita topped with chopped fresh coriander leaves and smoked almond flakes.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 441Cal Protein 10.5g
Total fat 39.4g Saturated Fats 17.27g
Monounsaturated Fats 12.7g Polyunsaturated Fats 8.17mg
Carbohydrates 11.8g Fiber 1.4g
Cholesterol 65mg Sodium 113.16mg
Calcium 205.5mg Magnesium 61.8mg
Potassium 456.5mg Vitamin E 9.22mg

ALMOND AND WHITE CHOCOLATE GUJIYA

Ingredients Quantity

For Dough
All- purpose flour 2 Cups
Clarified butter (ghee) ¼ Cup
Water ½ cup
For Filling
White chocolate 1 cup
Desiccated coconut ¼ cup
Green cardamom powder a pinch
Almond ½ cup
Jaggery 1 tbsp

Serves: 10
Method:

Rub the flour and ghee together and bind them together with water to form a soft dough. Rest it for ½ hour.

In a bowl, mix the chocolate flakes, coconut, almonds together and add jaggery.

Make small balls of the dough and roll it out into ½ cm thick rotis.

Place filling in the center, do not overstuff it as it will result in bursting of gujiya while frying.

Apply water on the edges and seal the ends, the shape will resemble half-moon. Use cutter to make a design around the edges or pinch and twist the edges.

Heat oil/ ghee in a deep pan; fry the gujiyas till golden brown.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 3917 Protein 75 gm
Total fat 207.8 gm Saturated Fats 85.8 gm
Monounsaturated Fats 68.5 gm Polyunsaturated Fats 18.3 gm
Carbohydrates 442.8 gm Fiber 32.5 gm
Cholesterol 149 mg Sodium 210.8 mg
Calcium 747.8 mg Magnesium 527.8 mg
Potassium 2219 mg Vitamin E 29.4 mg

ALMONDS AND ROSE KULFI

Ingredients Quantity

Milk, full cream 4 cups
Sugar 1/2 cup
Saffron 1/4 tsp
Almond meal ½ cup
Dried rose petals ¼ cup
Serves: 5

Method:

In a pan, add milk and put it on a low flame. Keep on stirring; do not let the milk burn. The milk will start to thicken.

Once it becomes half the volume add the almond meal and sugar and mix them well. Strain the mixture.

Add the dried rose petals & saffron strands and mix well. Allow the kulfi mixture to cool, pour it into kulfi moulds or small bowls and freeze them.

Demould the kulfi and serve it garnished with roasted almond flakes.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories 1587 Protein 34 gm
Total fat 94.2 gm Saturated Fats 6.5 gm
Monounsaturated Fats 48 gm Polyunsaturated Fats 14.3 gm
Carbohydrates 142.5 gm Fiber 13 gm
Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 204.7 mg
Calcium 1172 mg Magnesium 384.2 mg
Potassium 1571 mg Vitamin E 27.5 mg

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–IANS

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