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6 Raya Show-stopper Recipes

by Lisa K. Photography FriedChillies on Tue, June 20, 2017

Cook something different for your open house this year with our selection of show-stopper recipes. Your guests will look forward to it year after year.

A Memorable Open House!

Selamat… Hari Raya… Kepada Saudara Serta Saudari… That tune has been stuck in my head on repeat for the past few days. The charm of Syawal is in the air and everyone is in a festive mood. By this time we probably have had our share of the usual Raya treats and dishes and the kids are already counting their duit raya.

For the rest of the month there will be lots of open houses to attend. If it is your turn to host the family get together or if it is your first time, we have 6 show-stopper recipes for you to try out that will sure to impress the horde of people coming your way. Bend the rules of tradition and serve something totally different so your guests will look forward to your open house every year.

Laksa Johor is famous for its use of Spaghetti instead of the usual laksa noodles, accompanied by a hearty fish gravy and fresh herbs. Each bite is packed full of flavours that sends your taste buds into sensory overdrive. The kuah can be pre-prepared a day in advance and the flavours will intensify more. Let your guests build their own bowls for a bit of fun and let them slurp away. Get the serviettes ready!


If you are swamped with preparations and have tonnes of bits and bobs to get ready, this Lamb Tagine is the best recipe for you because all you need to do is to put all the ingredients together and bang it in the oven for a couple of hours. The result is tender off-the-bone lamb with fragrant spices that will tantalize even the pickiest eater.


Nasi Dagang Gulai Ikan Tongkol hails from the charming east coast and this is the Kelantanese version as it uses brown rice. I love it when the serve this with whole birds eye chilli in the sauce and you can take bites of it to give it an extra kick. This is definitely a crowd pleaser and it is best served with a hot cup of teh-o to wash it all down.


This Simple Lamb Briyani is a one pot wonder and great dish to serve for a party. You can cook this first thing in the morning and let it rest for a couple of hours before serving to allow flavours merry in the pot. It uses your basic pantry spices and doesn’t take more than an hour to cook. The spices are subtle, light and fragrant so kids can enjoy it too.


My mom makes Chocolate Cake only once a year which is during Raya. My sister and I will hover when my mom is baking the cake, hoping to lick the cake batter and chocolate icing. Before you think cakes are too rich to serve after all consuming all the hearty food, you are only serving a tiny slice for each guest. Trust me they will pinch another slice. Raya cookies is all good and fun but this is the piece de resistance of dessert I look forward to each year.


Another scrumptious dessert you can serve that will definitely get an echo of wow! is this amazing is this beautiful Pavlova. Crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle. The meringue is slightly sweet so you can fill it with a tangy citrus curd to balance it out.


We hope you have loads of fun hosting your open house this year. Cook something different to make this moray a memorable one. When your stove is over crowded with pots and the kitchen is heating up, remember #keepcalmandrayaon

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