9 recipes for an Eid al-Fitr feast

The Islamic holy month comes to a close next week, and the occasion is marked by Eid al-Fitr, one of the most festive holidays on the calendar. Breaking a multiweek fast calls for tasty food — and plenty of it. Cultures around the world celebrate Eid differently, but the common denominator is an abundant spread of delicious dishes. We’ve gathered recipes that are commonly found on the tables of Muslim families and communities all over the world. You can find even more in our Recipe Finder.

Carrot Halwa

Pictured above. This South Asian treat is particularly popular around Eid al-Fitr. This version contains sweetened condensed milk, imbuing it with a rich flavor and texture. Get the recipe.

These sweet syrupy bites are infused with rosewater and warming spices. For a less traditional spin, try these Baklava Sticky BunsGet the recipe.

In Indonesia, Eid is known as Lebaran, and it’s often celebrated with these little tarts called nastar. These melt-in-your-mouth delights involve flaky, buttery pastry that envelops a sweet pineapple filling. Get the recipe.

Orange Blossom Honey Cake

Honey and orange blossom are flavors commonly seen in Eid desserts from North Africa and the Levant, and this light, fragrant cake features both prominently. Get the recipe.

Baba Ghanouj

There’s no need to buy baba ghanouj from the store — this creamy, smoky dip comes together in just a half-hour. It’s a lovely companion to pita, vegetables and more. Get the recipe.

Fattoush Platter

This party-ready platter is inspired by fattoush, a Levantine bread salad that’s packed with herbs, vegetables and fried pita. Get the recipe.

Djaj M’qualli (Chicken, Olive and Lemon Tagine)

Olives and preserved lemon make this chicken tagine extra punchy. The bright, assertive flavors guarantee this to be the star of any Eid spread. Get the recipe.

Potato Tahdig

Tahdig is a labor of love, but it’s worth the time and energy it takes to get the layer of crispy, saffron-infused potatoes. Get the recipe.

Lamb Kheema

Caramelized onions, aromatics, spices and yogurt provide a delicious foundation for ground lamb in this South Asian specialty. Get the recipe.