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The Ultimate Eid-Ul-Azha Shopping List

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Eid is always a busy time – especially Eid-ul-Azha, as it involves all the work regarding sacrifice, meat handling, workers, subsequent cleaning, etc. The least of your worries should be whether or not you have enough cardamom for the korma, or something sweet in case your dessert experiment fails. That’s where this list saves the day. Here are all the essentials you might need to prepare your family and friends’ favorite meals!

Meats

I know what you’re thinking. ‘Meat? Why would I need to buy meat during Eid-ul-Azha?’ The truth is, you probably don’t, but prevention is always better than cure. And nothing is more unpredictable than sacrificial meat. Therefore, keeping a selection of your favorite meats – be it beef, lamb or even chicken – stored in small amounts in the freezer just in case will reduce a lot of headaches and stress.

Fruits and vegetables

Even though most Eid meals are meat-heavy, any lunch or dinner is bad without some fresh vegetables adorning the dining table. Stock up on carrots, cucumbers, mesclun, onions, tomatoes and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. Most people usually want a fresh zesty salad with their favorite meat curry and that way you’ll be ready when you need to whip up an easy salad or vegetable dish!

Rice and cereals

It has to be the most important item on your shopping list – rice. Eid is simply incomplete without some polao, firni, payesh, and the common denominator of all these festival staples is none other than rice. So, stocking up on rice is great not only for creating delicious creations, but also for those occasions when you have way too many unexpected guests. This is where your extra 1 kg of rice saves you!

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Condiments, oils, herbs and spices

Just as meat, rice and vegetables are important, spices are an integral part of any dish. Stock up on ginger, garlic, dried herbs and spices such as cardamom, garam masala, nutmeg, etc., as well as ghee, oil, yogurt, etc. Be sure to get the highest quality spices and herbs to really make your delicious dishes shine!

Desserts

No matter what dessert you’re making, it’s always handy to have some extra sugar and salt at home. And keeping in mind the sweet dish you are preparing, you can buy chocolates, whipped cream, cinnamon and cardamom, vermicelli, bread, etc. as well as any cake pans or dishes you may need.

Snacks and drinks

Every dawat and event is incomplete without some snacks or drinks. Don’t forget to buy mixed nuts, chanacur, frozen snacks as well as juices, soft drinks, etc. when you go grocery shopping. Put chocolates or candies in your basket for everyone.

Eid grocery shopping can be stressful and anxiety-provoking, but it doesn’t have to be. Before going to the store, always write down exactly what you need and keep in mind that prevention is always better than cure. Happy shopping and happy Eid!