Today, our Muslim brothers and sisters are celebrating the end of Ramadan, or month-long fasting. Ramadan is the Arabic name for the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which is based on lunar cycles instead of solar cycles, and considered the holiest month in Islam. It is also one of the Five Pillars of Islam— the five principles that they believe are “compulsory acts ordered by God.”
In celebration of this event, Muslims are observing Eid al-Fitr or the “Feast of Breaking the Fast.” Pre-pandemic, they would flock to parks and other gathering spots to enjoy a feast with all their friends and family to celebrate. (Read: Celebrate Eid al-Fitr with food from these Halal-certified restaurants!)
But now that the pandemic is ongoing and strict quarantine protocols are in place, Muslim families are opting to gather at home to celebrate Eid. Here are some of the traditional food that they will be serving:
Eid al-Fitr Food: Pyanggang
Pyanggang or pyanggang manok is a dish that comes from the Tausug people in Sulu and other parts of Mindanao. It is made of chicken braised in turmeric, onions, lemongrass, ginger, siling haba, garlic, coconut milk (gata), and ground burnt coconut. It is similar to a curry, but with a slightly different taste.
Eid al-Fitr Food: Palapa
Palapa is a sweet and spicy condiment made of white scallions, ginger, turmeric, siling labuyo, and toasted grated coconut (niyog). It is mixed together and cooked in a pan until it is relatively dry. Palapa is a specialty of the Maranao people from Lanao del Sur. (Read: What does ‘Eid al-Fitr’ mean to our Muslim brothers and sisters?)
Eid al-Fitr Food: Beef Korma
While korma isn’t a traditional Filipino food, it has made its way into our culture already. With that, Muslims often serve it during their Eid feast so they could enjoy delicious food after a whole month’s worth of fasting. Korma is made of beef in a sauce made of yogurt, cream, and a handful of spices.