Eid ul Adha, also prominently referred to as the festival of sacrifice (‘Id al-Qurban or ‘Id al-Kabir) marks the completion of Hajj (pilgrimage)rites at Mina, Saudi Arabia.
The majestic feast of mutton that’s served today holds a historic symbolization. This tale of Sacrifice started from a historic event of a distant time, when Prophet Ibrahim(Abraham) had a dream vision where Allah commanded him to sacrifice his son, Ismail. But, the instant he was close to sacrifice his son, God intervened by sending the Angel Gabriel with an enormous ram.
The devil tried to influence Ibrahim to disobey Allah and to not sacrifice his beloved son, but Ibrahim stayed absolutely obedient to Allah. Gabriel informed Abraham that his dream vision was fulfilled and instructed him to sacrifice the ram instead of his son Ismail.
Hence Eid al-Adha may be a celebration of this perfect example of submission to Allah, which is that the cornerstone of the Islamic faith.
On Eid al-Adha, Muslims all across the world offer prayer & sacrifice either a sheep or goat and distribute the meat amongst themselves, the poor and deprived people, relatives, and neighbors.
But how can one ignore the meaty goodness on the auspicious occasion of Eid? It is that point of the year when an elaborate feast is laid down and mouthwatering delicacies are cooked with the meat of the sacrificed goat or sheep and are relished by one and all.
The Eid-Ul-Adha menu includes Mutton Biryani, Mutton Kheema, Mutton Kofta, Mutton Kaleji, Reshmi Kebab, Shami Kebab, Beef Korma, Chaap Fry, Beef Nihari, Raan Masaledar. Sounds mouthwatering…, right!!!
But what about the calories that you simply shall gain within the method of consuming Eid-Ul-Adha food items, …no worries..here are some tips which could not only assist you in maintaining your weight but would also keep you healthy.
DURING EID, BEWARE OF THE FOLLOWING…
Go slow on the consumption of highly fried food items like fried mutton, fried liver, fried kebabs, instead choose baked or grilled items.
Refrain from consuming thick, creamy, and oily gravies, instead choose those which are low in oil and which don’t contain fresh cream, cashew nuts, coconut, and ghee.
Always include a bowl of salad (no creamy dressings) and curd within the sort of raita or buttermilk in your lunch and dinner.
Don’t forget your fruits as they’re your best friends and also are high in fiber and can keep you full for extended periods.
We all love our sweets (Kheer, Shirkurma, and Sevaiyan) but moderation is that the key, have these during a limit and remember to not go overboard. Instead, serve custard and dates kheer.
TIPS TO BE FOLLOWED POST-EID!!!
Now is the time when the guilt comes in & you want to undo the heavy meal & the wrong foods that you have had.
Firstly, avoid packaged and prepared-to-eat foods which include biscuits, wafers, ice cream, instant soups, chips, aerated beverages, etc. Instead, choose a bowl of fruits, dry khakras, clear soups, salad sticks with a dip like hummus, and smoothies (low fat).
Make sure that you simply maintain portion sizes and don’t go overboard.
Include tea, infused water, lime, mint, chamomile tea in your day-to-day routine, and don’t forget your supplements.
Remember to eat fresh, easy to digest, light home-cooked meals like moong dal khichdi, plain rice, and dal, sauteed and fry veggies, salads, and clear soups