Hari Raya is one of those festive season that is eagerly anticipated by all of us, as we get to spend time and catch up with our families and friends after Ramadan. Of course, to some, the highlights of Hari Raya after the greetings and wishes is the beloved culinary delights prepared by our neneks, makciks and ibu. With so many delectable dishes, it might be hard to decide which food to start with, Fear not, here are 20 recipes to make your Hari Raya celebration a heart-warming one!
1. Rendang by miss_polkadot
Considered as one of the most popular festive dishes, this lip-smacking rich dish of meat is slow cooked and braised in coconut milk seasoned with a mixture of ginger, turmeric, garlic, galangal, lemongrass, and shallot (Bumbu spice mix). Overtime, as the liquids dry off, the contents caramelise, creating the signature dark, rich flavourful appearance. Beef is the common meat used (Rendang Daging), Chicken (Rendang Ayam) and Goat (Rendang Kambing) can also be used too. Stemming from the Minangkabau culture, rendang is traditionally served to guests during ceremonial events such as weddings and Hari Raya. No wonder it is such a favourite!
2. Penang Curry with Shrimp and Pineapple by Commune Kitchen
Chicken curry, mutton curry, fish-head curry…We all have that too many often times. This Eid celebration, why not try out a different variant of curry? This sweet and creamy Penang Curry is mild, and is suitable for those who do not take heavy chili spice. To top the icing, the crunchy shrimps and the tropical pineapples lends a special sweetness to this dish!
3. Lontong Goreng by Sharefood
This is a one-pot wonder that will spice up your senses with the freshness from the seafood, the rich flavour from the minced beef, as well as crunch from the vegetables. The herb paste consisting of dried chilli paste, garlic paste, onion and ginger paste is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds with every bite!
4. Sayur Lodeh Laksa with Ketupat by miss_polkadot
Another rich coconut dish, it’s a soup filled with a variety of vegetables, from eggplants to long beans to tofu and even unripe jackfruits. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, Sayur Lodeh is a silky, coconutty and spicy soup that can be served with steamed rice or sliced lontong, and this case Ketupat! The perfect dish during Eid celebration! Did you know, there are two types of Sayur Lodeh (white and yellow)? The addition of turmeric is what gives the dish its bright yellow colour.
5. Spicy Tamarind Grilled Fish (Air Fried) by Jeanrin.Yanling
Made with Kembong fish (Indian Mackerel), this grilled fish is sure to be addictive with its sour-spicy combination. Coupled with some yellow onions providing a crispy bite, this dish is guaranteed make you finish all of your rice / ketupat during Hari Raya!
6. Sambal Balado Fish by miss_polkadot
You can never go wrong with sambal- the Sambal Balado Fish calls for the use of Batang or Kembong fish (Spanish / Indian Mackerel), together with a mix of sambal, galangal and assam tamarind. While it may sound like the previous dish, this dish features a much more versatile sauce, which can be used to even coat hard boiled eggs or fried chicken. Bagus! Perfect for Eid celebration!
7. Nonya Otak-Otak by Sharefood
Otak Otak is a popular snack eaten by everyone, regardless of race or preferences because it is THAT delicious. While usual recipes call for a grill or a barbeque pit, this recipe simply requires you to have a simple wok or pan and you can make your own Nonya Otak Otak at home! Do remember, when blending the fish paste, do not pour in all the coconut milk in at once to prevent the paste from being too runny.
8. Turmeric Fried Chicken by miss_polkadot
Fried Chicken is a common party food, but have you tried turmeric fried chicken? Turmeric is a spice that is considered as one of the most effective nutritional supplement ever, with vast benefits for the body and the brain. A ridiculously simple recipe, make sure to keep your fingers clean because it will be that finger-licking good!
9. Purple, White and Red Nasi Tumpeng by Wanda Sutji
Tumpeng is a traditional Javanese dish which features a cone-shaped rice on a platter surrounded by a variety of side meats and vegetables. Originally made with plain rice, coconut rice or turmeric rice, this recipes uses dried butterfly pea flowers and baby beetroot to create purple and red rice, offering a new twist to a traditional cuisine often served during communal events.
10. Pempek Lenjer by misspolkadot
For the uninitiated, pempek is a type of fishcake where fish paste is mixed with tapioca starch. The fishcake is then usually boiled, fried and served with a sweet and sour sauce. Savoury and bouncy, pempek can be eaten in its own, or garnished with yellow noodles as per what this recipe suggests.
11. Rempeyek with Anchovies and Peanut by Wanda Sutji
Here’s another snack that is popular as a festive food! A deep-fried snack, it can be easily topped with different ingredients such as peanuts, dried anchovies, dried shrimp etc. Everyone needs something to munch about while waiting for the rendang, so why not serve up a plate of crispy, fragrant rempeyek to keep everyone occupied during Lebaran?
12. Roti Jala by Cook with Susan
Roti Jala is Southeast Asia’s version of a crepe. Roughly translated to as net bread or lace pancake, Roti Jala is often eaten during tea-time, or served at honourable events like weddings and festivals. While they are delicious eaten on its own, they can be also be used as a substitute for rice and eaten with curries. Remember to drizzle the batter in the form of net patterns else it will turn out becoming a pancake instead!
13. Vegetarian Lontong by natalietyt
Another recipe for those who are not fond of eating meat, this lontong is full of nutritious vegetables such as cabbages, carrots and long beans, with tofu and the ever-healthy tempeh as the protein replacement. To make sure that the recipe is easy to follow, steps are broken down into parts A, B and C with the ingredients required for each part!
14. Prune Kueh Lapis by Sharefood
A layered cake loved for their richly sweet and spices infused flavours, this prune kueh lapis is decadently moist and gloriously buttery. Often being sold at a high price in retail, learning how to make this kueh lapis by yourself can save you a lot of money during the festive season! This bake might be challenging for some of you out there, so do bring a sous chef along!
15. Nonya Kueh Lapis with Nutrimix Avocado by Sharefood
Another Kueh Lapis? You might be wondering what is the difference between the two mentioned cakes? Well, while the Prune Kueh Lapis has a texture more similar to a butter cake, the Nonya Kueh Lapis is much sticker, with a texture similar to a glutinous rice ball. Rather than using butter, coconut cream is used. In this recipe, the Nutrimix Avocado powder is also used, so expect a slight whiff of creamy avocado in this traditional Malay kueh!
16. Gula Melaka Banana Cake by ZaTaYaYummy
Gula Melaka is one of Southeast Asia’s greatest treats. Sweet with the aroma of caramelised coconut, fusing it with ever delicious banana cake screams nothing but a wonderful, sweet dessert cake.
17. Gula Melaka Pandan Butter Cake by ZaTaYaYummy
Pandan cake is yet another traditional treat beloved by many! Sweet and fluffy, try out this Gula Melaka combination to bring a absolute new treat for your family and friends to enjoy!
18. Honey Cornflakes by ZaTaYaYummy
A simple yet popular snack that is well-loved by everyone! All you need is some cornflakes, honey and toppings of your choice and you’re all set!
19. Traditional Double Layered Gula Melaka Coconut Delight by Yeo Li Li
We all had agar agar, we all had traditional coconut kueh, but has everyone of us tried agar agar with gula melaka and coconut? This little treat combines the best of both worlds to create a rich, creamy delight that highlights the sweetness of the Gula Melaka and the creaminess of the coconut milk. Pandan leaves are used as well to give the agar agar a nice balanced whiff of Pandan.
20. Kuih Dahlia by Sharefood
This Kueh will definitely be a stunner during your Hari Raya celebration! Show of your artisan skills by going out of the ordinary by making these popular festive cookies with Ribena! Soft, crumbly and buttery, the Ribena cordial not only makes the cookie beautifully purple but adds on a fruity blackcurrant taste. To top it all off, consider adding some silver beads to make it look even more exquisite.
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