What is Halal Food; And Meals You Can Prepare for Eid Al Adha (Ileya)

The Ileya celebrations is just around the corner, and you might be wondering how you could celebrate with your Muslim partner, friend or relative.

Well it’s unlikely they won’t be with their families at this time and of course it’s Eid Al Adha; it is a big celebration, family tend to be the primary host of these kind of celebrations.

With that being said, our article today will do two things;

  • Answer the question “What is the meaning of the word Halal? And Halal food….
  • What kind of food can I prepare for the celebration?

 

Before we get into that, here is a little backstory on the holiday at hand;

The second major holiday in the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha, occurs at the end of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage made by millions of Muslims to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. According to the Quran, the Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim) was willing to sacrifice his son to God (Allah), but God accepted the sacrifice of an animal instead. Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son for God.

Celebrations of the holiday typically last for four days, and are similar to those of Eid al-Fitr, except that Muslims celebrating Eid al-Adha traditionally acknowledge the occasion by slaughtering an animal for meat. The meat is then shared with family and friends, with a large portion given away to the less fortunate.

culled from here. 

 

Back to our original plot….

What is Halal? What does it mean for food to be Halal?

 

In the simplest terms, when you say something is Halal, it means it is permissible according to the laws of Islam. It is all encompassing as it relates to all aspects of life.

If it is not Halal, it is Haram. This other term is the exact opposite in meaning to the word Halal.

Consequentially for food to be deemed Halal, it must have been prepared in a way and with materials that are Halal. In non-muslim countries Halal food, carries Halal certification. Generally vegetables and fruits are Halal.

Meat, and meat cuts are very popular topics in relation to the subject because some parts are not considered Halal. Also the way the animal is killed could also make it Haram.

You might already be aware that Muslims don’t eat pork but there is more; by-products of pork, donkeys and co, animals with fangs, cats, dogs, Reptiles, monkeys etc. are considered Haram.

 

What are the types of food I can prepare for Eid Al Adha (Ileya)

 

Good news is here in Nigeria our regular party food goes well with the order of the day. The star boy of the proteins is the Ram for the celebration but of course, you can have your fried chicken and other delicious proteins too.

Abroad a lot of different rice dishes, salads, meat dishes, cookies and sweet desserts are on the menu, and it may slightly differ from country to country too.

Because fruits and veggies don’t pose a threat to your keeping the serving Halal, salads amidst other items on the party menu are perfect to prepare and gift your loved one.

You can prepare some of the following;

  • Fried rice.
  • Jellof rice.
  • Ofada sauce.
  • Moi moi.
  • Fresh juices.

And much more… if you are an excellent and adventurous cook try some foreign delicacy like biryani, kebabs etc. ‘go big or go home’ is not a sin when cooking hehe.

In the spirit of adventure here are some easy recipes you can try. I selected two that will really come in handy;

Omi Obe; with all that wonderful and abundant ram meat, a good stew can’t go wrong and what’s even better is that Omi Obe goes with swallow, infact its primary companion is swallow, any swallow of your choice, I like my Omi Obe with some whipped and cooked ewedu or Okro on the side.

Jordanian Salad; a branch off from the all-time Coleslaw, try this out… you just might fall in love with it.

 

  1. Omi Obe (Pepper Stew)

Ingredients:

  • Meat stock (From ram)
  • Palm oil
  • Red bell pepper (Scotch Bonnet)
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Scotch bonnet
  • Seasoning cube
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • In a large pot, add meat, sliced onions,1 tbsp. of salt, and seasoning cube. Cover pot and allow to boil on high heat for about 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, bring down your meat. Gradually separate the meat from the liquid and set aside.
  • Blend red bell pepper, the remaining onion, and tomatoes and scotch bonnet still smooth.
  • In a large pot, heat palm oil for 1 minute. Then add your blended pepper, meat stock, seasoning cube and salt to taste. Allow to cook for about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Serve with swallow.

Culled from here.

 

 

  1. Salad Recipe from Jordan

Courtesy of Hanin Kamal

Ingredients:

  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 1/3 cucumber
  • 6-8 eight romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped finely

Method:

  • Chop all ingredients into very small squares.
  • Add the dressing.
  • Serves four people.
  • For the dressing: One tablespoon dried mint, one tablespoon bular wheat (presoak the wheat in water), the juice of two lemons, five tablespoons of olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix well. Pour over salad, serve immediately.

Culled from here.

 

Notes;

  • Whatever you are unsure of, it is better you ask who is knowledgeable about what is permissible.
  • Check the labels of products for the Halal certificate.
  • Do not mix up items you want to cook with things that are Haram.

 

In summary, what is Halal is permissible by the laws of Islam and what isn’t is Haram, also this very much applies to food and all aspects of life. The Ram is largely significant to the celebration but other kinds of Halal protein can be used in cooking, you cannot go wrong with a fresh and tasty salad on the side. There are tons of Halal recipes for the occasion on the web, have a blast.

Thank you for reading!

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