8 Foods And Drinks To Prepare For Eid Celebrations Apart From Rice

Written by Aisha Zakari

Zakari Aisha Saliu is a passionate cook who loves to travel and meet new people. Her exposure to places and people is her strength in learning new recipes. She is a diverse and passionate writer on topics related to personal development, humanity, relationships, entrepreneurial skills and life in general.

July 21, 2021

We have compiled for you a list of foods and drinks to prepare apart from rice, especially since the Eid ul-Kabeer is upon us. And the streets would be up and about beautiful people in their finest, colorful attire to celebrate the last day in the Muslims calendar, with their family and friends.

Eid means “festive” in Arabic. There are two parts of Eid:

  • Eid ul Fitr: This marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, our fasting month. We also call it “Small Sallah”
  • Eid ul Kabeer: This marks the historical event of the sacrifice of our Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) and the sacrificial lamb. We call it “Big Sallah” and that’s why the meat is in abundance too.

It’s that blessed festival we Muslims all around the world come to celebrate by bringing friends and together in joy, happiness, harmony, and festivity. 

You might find our previous story on How Eid Al Fitr Was Celebrated In Northern Nigeria helpful to gain more insight into these special festivities.

Food is necessary and the most important part of this festival. In Nigeria, most households consume rice during this festive period, and in this article which I hope comes in handy, I’ll be sharing with you recipes you can make at home apart from rice that will be delicious. You should spice things up in your household this Eid, let’s get spicy!

How To Prepare Egusi Soup And Pounded Yam

8 Foods And Drinks To Prepare For Eid Celebrations Apart From Rice
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This is Mom’s favorite and is prepared when she wants to ditch the same old same old rice, when she’s in the mood to spice things up for Eid, this is her go-to always. I mean, why not? Pounded yam is filling, satisfying and when dipped in egusi makes the celebration just right and delicious. 

We like to pound our yam using the mortar and pestle but with advancement now, there are blenders for pounding yam and also processed yam flour (poundo yam) but mortar and pestle remain in my household.

Ingredients For The Pounded Yam

  • Yam
  • Water

Ingredients For The Egusi Soup

  • Grounded melon (egusi) seeds
  • Palm oil
  • Crayfish
  • Spinach/Ugu leaves
  • Pepper
  • Onions
  • Seasoning cubes
  • Beef/Meat
  • Salt

Procedures For Preparing Pounded Yam

  • Peel the skin off the yam and cut it into small segments.
  • Wash properly till clean and water runs clear.
  • In a pot over medium heat, add in water and yam to cook.
  • Allow cooking for 30 minutes till it becomes fork tender (that is, a fork can go through it)
  • Now, prepare your mortar and pestle by washing with water to remove dirt and dust.
  • Using a fork, pick the yam into the mortar and pound.
  • Pound yam till dough forms.
  • Add in hot water and pound again lightly till the dough becomes smooth and stretchy.
  • Use a spoon to pack this into a plate or wrap it in nylon.

Procedures For Preparing Egusi Soup

You can blend the egusi at home using the blender. Blend together with crayfish. You could also buy the grounded melon seeds from the store/market.

There are two ways to make egusi soup and I’ll be sharing with you both methods. There is the;

  1. Frying method and;
  2. Mixing method

Finish the procedure by reading this easy step-by-step guide on How to Cook Egusi Soup

Pounded yam can also be eaten with ewedu, ogbono, or vegetable soup. I’ll be showing you how to make ewedu soup in the next recipe.

But if you are still craving rice? Try something different, here are 10 Types of Cooked Rice Dishes to prepare for Eid.

How to Prepare Amala And Ewedu Soup

8 Foods And Drinks To Prepare For Eid Celebrations Apart From Rice
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This is basically a Yoruba delicacy that is eaten with stew. This ewedu is mixed with stew to enrich it and make it edible too. This is my very own favorite. I like to eat my amala with ewedu soup but you can eat it with egusi, vegetables or efo riro.

Ingredients For Amala

  • Amala (Yam flour)
  • Water

Ingredients For Preparing Ewedu

  • Jute (ewedu) leaves
  • Crayfish
  • Locust beans
  • Seasoning
  • Salt

Procedures For Preparing Amala

  • In a pot over medium heat, add in water and leave to boil.
  • Sieve your yam flour before it boils to avoid lumps in this amala. Your amala should be smooth, light, and fluffy.
  • When it starts to boil, add in yam flour.
  • Stir continuously using the wooden turning stick/paddling stick.
  • Give this a good stir.
  • Add in flour if it’s too watery and add in water if too strong.
  • Turn this mixture till flour is well incorporated into the water completely.
  • Using a spoon, clear the edges of the pot. You’ll begin to see the amala molding itself around the edges. Clear and scrape them into the pot.
  • Add in little hot water and cover. Leave to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Bring down from the heat.
  • Finally, stir again until you start hearing the ta-ta-ta-ta sound. That’s when you know it is light, fluffy, and smooth.
  • Use a spoon to wrap this in nylon. Your amala is ready.

Procedures For Preparing Ewedu Soup

  • Get your jute and pluck the leaves out. 

The leaves are fortified with calcium and vitamin C. Jute is not just consumed for its food only but did you know? The fibers from the tree can be woven into ropes, hessian clothes, carpets, curtains, and yarn balls. Now let’s jute now!

  • Wash the leaves till water runs out clear.
  • Cut the leaves slightly so it will be easier to crush the leaves when beating with the broom. Don’t get confused, I’ll explain.

The broom is our normal broom but smaller, we call this Ijabe in Yoruba. It is used in beating/hitting the jute leaves till they get into smaller pieces. There are modernized brooms now we use for this sole purpose. Now, we are on the same page, yeah? Let’s continue.

  • Grate pepper, locust beans, and crayfish together.
  • In a pot over medium heat, pour in water and let it get hot.
  • Now, add in the leaves and leave to cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • When it starts to boil excessively, get your broom and begin beating/hitting.
  • Beat till leaves are crushed completely and till small.
  • Add in blended pepper, locust beans, and crayfish.
  • Add in seasoning and salt and give this a stir.
  • Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes until smooth and then turn off the heat.

Voila! Your ewedu is ready to be served. Add in your stew and enjoy this with amala or any preferred swallow of your choice.

How To Prepare Mouth-watering Goat Meat Pepper Soup

8 Foods And Drinks To Prepare For Eid Celebrations Apart From Rice
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Eid is always complete with this bowl of assorted meat – be it goat meat, chicken meat, ram meat. 

Ingredients: Goat meat/Beef/Chicken, garlic powder, pepper soup spice, crayfish (optional), red bell pepper, pepper, uziza (or mint, scent leaf, or parsley), seasoning, salt, ginger powder, red chili flakes 

Procedures For Preparing Goat Meat Pepper Soup

  • Cut meat of choice into smaller sizes if you like. This makes it cook faster and eaten right away.
  • Wash and rinse till water runs clear.
  • In a pot over medium heat, add in meat with sufficient water.
  • Add in salt, seasoning, grated pepper, and onions.
  • Cover pot and leave to cook for 30-40 minutes till meat becomes soft and tender.
  • Add pepper soup spice, ginger, garlic powder, and crayfish(optional).
  • Cook for 10 minutes and then, add in uziza or leaf of choice for aroma.
  • Let simmer for 5 minutes. 
  • That’s it, your pepper soup is ready.

You would enjoy this with a chilled drink.

How to Prepare Ram Meat & Yam Porridge

8 Foods And Drinks To Prepare For Eid Celebrations Apart From Rice
Photo Credit: Sisi Jemimah

Is there still leftover yam from the pounded yam? Why not make this recipe for friends and family? They will definitely enjoy it. Add in ram meat to make this dish sweet, delicious, and a truly festive moment.

Ingredients: ram meat, onions, yam, carrots (optional), green bell pepper, red bell pepper, salt, seasoning, scent leaves/ugu leaves, water

Procedures For Preparing Ram Meat And Yam Porridge

  • Wash and cut your meat into small bites.
  • In a pot over medium heat, add in the meat. Do not add water.
  • Add in salt, seasoning, and slice onions.
  • Cook for 10 minutes till meat begins to release its sweet moisture content – juices.
  • Now, add in water and yam. Allow cooking till yam gets soft and tender.
  • Add in grated pepper and give this a stir.
  • Allow extra 10 minutes to cook.
  • Wash and cut leaves into stripes.
  • Add in the leaves and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off heat. Your dish is ready.

This dish is delicious and tasty, you can substitute the yam for potatoes. You could make it watery and add pepper soup spice so you can drink the water and have the same feeling as devouring pepper soup. Savor the moment, right?

How to Prepare Peppered Meat

8 Foods And Drinks To Prepare For Eid Celebrations Apart From Rice
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This could be eaten as a whole or pierced through skewers with green bell pepper and onions. Any way you choose to eat it is fine.

Ingredients: meat, pepper, tomatoes, red bell pepper (for some extra spicy taste), onions, green bell pepper, garlic, thyme, curry, chili flakes (I mean it, extra), bay leaf, meat stock, oil to fry

Procedures For Preparing Peppered Meat

  • Blend pepper, tomatoes, red bell pepper, and onions.
  • In a pot over medium heat, boil the tomato blend till water dries out. Alternatively, you can use a fine sieve to strain out the excess water.
  • Wash meat till water runs clear.
  • Cut meat into small chunks – mouth sizes and cook in a pot over medium heat.
  • Add salt, garlic, pepper, and bay leaves. Do not add water.
  • Let it cook till the juices from the meat start to come out.
  • Add in water when it’s almost drying out.
  • Now, add seasoning if need be.
  • Cook meat till it becomes soft and tender.
  • In a pot over heat, add in oil and fry meat.
  • Strain out oil from the meat when done frying.
  • In this same pot or another one, pour in the oil.
  • Add in onions and sauté. Wait for that sizzle.
  • Add in minced ginger and garlic to sauté too.
  • Pour in tomato blend and fry till slightly dark.
  • Add in thyme, curry, chili flakes, and give this a stir.
  • Now, add the meats and meat stock into the pot.
  • Let the meat soak up the juices and seasoning from the sauce.
  • Drain out excess oil.

And ta-da! Your peppered meat is ready.

How to Make Vanilla Cupcakes

How to Make Vanilla Cupcakes
Vanilla Cupcakes

I mean, what’s Eid without snacks to give to friends and family? It’s even extra chops for us as we have varieties to select from – samosa to spring rolls to doughnuts and then cupcakes. I’ll be sharing with you how to make vanilla and chocolate cupcakes in this recipe. Let’s get down to the oven!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk

Procedures For Preparing Vanilla Cupcakes

  • In a medium bowl, add flour, baking powder, and salt. Give this a whisk and set it aside.
  • In a bowl, add butter and sugar.
  • Cream together using an electric mixer.
  • Beat for 5 minutes till smooth, light, and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs one at a time and continue beating.
  • Now, add in vanilla extract and give a slight mix,
  • Reduce mixer speed and begin adding the flour mixture gradually as you continue beating.
  • Mix well till combined.
  • Now, add in milk and give this a mix.
  • Use a spatula now to scrape the sides of the bowl and give one final mix with this spatula. Do not use the mixer to avoid over-mixing the batter.
  • Next, prepare your cupcake liners and lay them on the cupcake pan.
  • Scoop/Fill the liners with cupcake batter.
  • Bake for 20-23 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  • Let cakes cool down.
  • Take out of the pan and you can serve. 

Enjoy!

How to Make Chocolate Cupcakes

How to Make Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes

The chocolate cupcake is simply cupcakes but we’ll be adding cocoa powder or chocolate bars and sometimes both into the batter. If you have chocolate bars, add this into the batter and bake. You’ll get the twist in your mouth when the chocolate melts.

I’ll tell you how to make the chocolate cupcakes but follow the procedures from vanilla cupcakes. We’ll be continuing from where we added milk into the batter. 

With more steps, we’re on our way to baking chocolate cupcakes. Let’s get down to baking again! 

Procedures For Preparing Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Now, add in milk and give this a mix.
  • In a bowl, add cocoa powder.
  • In this bowl, pour in water to make a paste.
  • Give this paste a good stir to mix in cocoa powder thoroughly.
  • Use a spatula now to scrape the sides of the bowl and give one final mix.
  • Prepare your cupcake liners.
  • Lay them on the cupcake pan.
  •  Scoop/Fill the liners with cupcake batter.
  • Bake for 20-23 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  • Let the cakes cool down.
  • Take out of the pan and now you have your chocolate cupcakes. Enjoy!

Remember, you can add chocolate bars into the batter – it makes the cupcake richer in taste too.

How to Make Zobo Drink

How to Make Zobo Drink
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What’s Eid without drinks, right? I mean, what’s any festive occasion without a drink? There are other drinks like kunun aya. kunun gyada to try but here. I’ll be sharing with you how to make zobo from scratch and this is last in our Eid recipe apart from rice.

Ingredients:

  • Hibiscus (zobo) leaves
  • Garlic
  • Pineapple
  • Ginger
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Lemongrass
  • Cloves
  • Cucumber

Procedures For Preparing Zobo Drink

  • Wash and rinse leaves to remove dirt and stones
  • Grind cloves into powder or you can use the cloves like that.
  • Wash and grate ginger and garlic into nice segments.
  • In a pot over medium heat, add in zobo leaves and sufficient water.
  • Cover pot and leave to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add ginger, cloves, and garlic to the pot.
  • Leave to cook again for 20 minutes till leaves get soften.
  • Bring pot down and leave to simmer.
  • Now, wash and peel the skin off fruits.
  • Blend the fruits. 
  • Sieve the fruits till smooth. We’ll be using the juicy liquid extracts.
  • Now, sieve out the leaves from the zobo drink using a clean cloth to remove shafts. 
  • Transfer this zobo drink to a deep bowl.
  • Add the blended fruit drink and sugar into this bowl. 
  • Give this a stir.
  • Voila! Your zobo drink is ready.
  • Refrigerate and serve cold.

Eid is that time of the month where friends and family come together from afar to catch up and have a good time. In order to do this, different dishes are served to enjoy each other’s company as we jolly go with the dishes. Hopefully, this article has informed you how to prepare other varieties of foods for Eids, apart from the old-fashioned rice recipes for every Eid.

Once again, we wish you a happy Eid al-Adha! 

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