Festive recipes for vegans and meat-lovers alike this Eid ul Adha

With a Lamb and Apricot Pilaf, Vegetable Biryani and Eggplant Borani on the menu, there’s a dish for all.

With a Lamb and Apricot Pilaf, Vegetable Biryani and Eggplant Borani on the menu, there’s a dish for all

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Naturally, in most Muslim households, the typical Eid ul Adha menu centres around meat-based recipes. Following the Abrahamic tradition, Muslims celebrating the 'Festival of Sacrifice' commemorate Abraham's supreme offer to sacrifice his son by offering an animal and generously sharing its meat — in equal parts — with the economically vulnerable, with their friends and community, and with their family. Still, many of us have adopted a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, so in the spirit of conviviality, I have created a diverse menu which can be equally enjoyed by all on this festive occasion. My personal favourite is this cinnamon-scented lamb and apricot pilaf, but I have also created a vegetarian and vegan dish which will beautifully round off the menu at your Eid ul Adha gathering. 

Vegetable Biryani 

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Eggplant Borani

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Lamb and Apricot Pine Nut Pilaf

(Photography by Leila Ashtari)

Shayma Owaise Saadat is a Food Writer and Chef. She lives in Toronto with her husband and son. You can follow her culinary journey at or on Instagram as @SpiceSpoon.

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