Lunch on Eid ul-Fitr

21 September 2009

We opted to get outside food this Eid. It’s so much less work and so much less tiring. Unfortunately, it’s not quite as good as homemade.

We ordered the mutton biryani package from Miami Catering.

mutton biryani

The mutton biryani came with six hard-boiled eggs and 1 kg mutton (minimum! they say).

mutton biryani

It also came with 1 kg roast chicken (minimum 1kg! they say), along with wattalapam, pineapple slices, onion & date chutney, Maldive fish sambol; and a curry with peas and cashews. Dishes subject to Rs. 100 deposit while the entire package came to Rs. 2750.

And, as a side note, when you go to catered events, like weddings, this is pretty much what’s served. The exact same type of biryani,  pea & cashew curry, Maldive fish sambol, onion & date chutney, roast chicken, pineapple. That particular selection of dishes – it’s quite the done thing. 🙂

mutton biryani

Starting in the upper left corner is the beef curry that Fahim’s mom made. Very good, of course, although I was only allowed one piece (not good for me. :()

To the beef’s right is the roast chicken. It came whole, so Fahim’s mom ripped it apart before bringing it to the table.

Next we have the four yellow plastic containers. Starting at the top and working our way down and to the left, we have the pea & cashew curry, then the date & onion pickle (elsewhere it would be called a chutney – six of one, half dozen of the other), the pineapple slices, and the Maldive fish sambol. Next we have the teeny tiny remnants of this morning’s pol sambol.

Right of all that is the mutton biryani with a fairly enormous amount of rice. After we finished eating, we gave half of the rice and mutton (along with most of the rest of the remaining everything) to the neighbor’s and still have enough left for dinner tonight and breakfast tomorrow for Fahim and his parents. That’s because tomorrow, they start the second round of fasting, the six optional days at the end of Ramadan. It’s not necessary to do them, but it brings more, uh, merit, although I’m fairly sure that’s not the correct way to word it.

Below the mutton is the wattalapam from Miami Catering. We gave that to the neighbor’s, too. We had Fahim’s mom’s wattalapam, which is far superior to anything anyone else makes.

mutton biryani

This is the wattalapam Fahim’s mom makes. Comparing the pictures of the one from the catering place to Fahim’s mom unfortunately won’t work very well – different lighting and so on – and, while I was going to take a picture of the two side by side, I didn’t actually tell anyone that I had that in mine, so by the time I was ready, the catering wattalapam was already gone to the neighbor’s. Uh…

So. Let me tell you, then. The catering’s wattalapam was several noticeable shades lighter in colour to Fahim’s mom’s wattalapam. Catering places, restaurants, what have you are all concerned with their bottom line. They want to make a profit. They can’t do that – they don’t think – without skimping on ingredients that they figure no one will notice anyway.

No, really, we do notice. 🙂

And that’s what makes Fahim’s mom’s wattalapam so superior. Fahim’s mom doesn’t skimp on ingredients. So her wattalapam comes out the way it should.

And really, I will share her recipe with you sometime. 🙂

Other entries about Eid ul-Fitr:

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6 Responses

  1. #1

    These cultural entries are so interesting. I understand what Ramadan is about but I had no sense of the domestic celebration. Thanks for the post.
    .-= barbfmc´s last blog ..Garden Up Pesto Down =-.

  2. #2

    There’s a lot more to do with it than this, but since this is the food blog, only the food-related stuff goes here. I have other Eid-related entries on my other blog, but I should really link to them from here, shouldn’t I? 🙂

  3. #3

    Okay, I’ve added links to the end of the post to other entries about Eid. But tomorrow, I’ll have to write up a bit more. I glanced through those, and I noticed huge gaps in what could be said about Eid, both culturally and religiously. Or something along those lines… 🙂

  4. #4

    Lunch does look indeed very appetising. (I can almost taste it in my mouth) I can see that Fahim’s mom makes it better too, especially with more care and in a less rushed environment. I love this kind of food. Do you fast too?
    .-= Ana´s last blog ..Light in colour =-.

  5. #5

    Ana, I don’t fast. I’m chronically ill, and, long story short, I would be in very very bad shape in a matter of 5 or 6 hours of fasting, if not much sooner.

    Fahim’s mom’s cooking is better also because, unlike restaurants and caterers and whatnot here, she doesn’t skimp on any of the ingredients anywhere. When she cooks, she does it right, the way a dish is meant to be made. It has a lot less to do with time because she’s a bit of a whirlwind herself… 😉

  1. […] Lunch will be a pretty big affair with more of a variety of dishes than an every day meal would have. We ordered out for our lunch, but in the past, have also cooked, which usually involves starting some things the day before and a grand total of a lot of hours in the kitchen. Dessert in this house is always wattalapam, Fahim’s mom’s specialty, a custard made from eggs, coconut milk, and jaggery, although there may be other desserts as well. […]

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