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5 Non-traditional Dishes for Raya

by Lisa K. Photography FriedChillies on Wed, June 13, 2018

When the family descends onto your home, everything revolves around food and the joy that comes with it. Bored with the usual rendang? Make any of these delicious dishes instead...

Family open house time!

Who has got the Hari Raya song stuck in their heads for the past few days? I definitely do! The house is filled with laughter, family members chatting away, kids glued to their gadgets and some of them running around creating havoc. All good fun!

The ladies, and some men, have probably been in the kitchen for the past few days, cooking up a storm feeding the masses. You’ve probably had your fair share of ketupat, lemang and rendang. Now the extended family is coming over for a visit.

You can serve something non-traditional for the big gathering and it would be a nice change for the palette. We have round up 5 scrumptious recipes that says 'feast!'

Lip-smacking Lamb Korma

A lamb korma might not typically traditional but it has a pleasant deep earthy flavour with subtle hints of spice. It is one of those meals you can put together and just let it ticker away slowly on the stove.

This dish will get your house smelling oh-so-good

I prefer to cook this using bone-in lamb shoulder. It is a cheaper cut and the meat is full of flavour. By the time you are done cooking, it will just fall of the bone. Enjoy it with rice or with some fresh flatbreads. My stomach is growling just thinking about it.

Superb Soto Ayam

For those who wants to take a break from all the red meat and have something light, Soto Ayam is a good remedy for the tummy. I mean who doesn’t love a good chicken soup with yummy condiments in it?

This broth can be left simmering on your lowest fire ready to be ladled out

You probably already have some nasi impit lying around somewhere, just top it up with hard-boiled egg, shredded chicken meat, crispy shallots, fat juicy bean sprouts, freshly chopped herbs and bergedel. Oh boy this is so good!

Finger-licking Fish Head Curry

Everybody is serving chicken, beef and lamb. Fish is unfortunately a much neglected protein during the Raya festivities. Fish is fast and easy to cook and when you need to whip up something quick, try out this 15 Minute Fish Head Curry. Your guests are going to be pleased with the change of flavour.

Seafood is quick to cook as well and curries always tastes better the next day

Succulent Seafood Paella

If you want something completely different on your dinner table but still like to have rice, try out this super tasty Succulent Seafood Paella recipe.

Also a great dish to whip up for a relaxed lunch with friends

It is fresh and super tasty and will definitely be a wonderful sight to behold when you serve it at your table. The ladies will be asking for the recipe for sure.

Lovely Lamb Goulash

Mary had a little lamb.. HAD.. The little lamb was in my pot. Once in a while I make this super easy Lamb Goulash recipe which is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Sub lamb for beef chunks if you want it cheaper

You can add more Cayenne pepper to spice it up, or leave it mild for the kids to enjoy too. If you have a pressure cooker, this can be ready in half an hour to 45 minutes only.

Whatever you decide to cook, always plan your menu and pre-prepare beforehand to save you time and energy. When it is crunch time, remember #keepcalmandrayaon.