Breaking The Fast: What To Eat During The First Day Of Eid

Let’s get real, people. We all know that Ramadan isn’t just about fasting from sunrise to sunset. Along with that, we also refrain from eating a whole bunch of our favorite meals. Why? Either they’re too spicy, like harissa, or too salty, like ringa (fermented fish), as they’ll make us thirsty during our fast.

Well, Eid is just around the corner, meaning you can eat whatever you want. We’ve put together what we think you should eat during the first day of Eid to make up for the lost time:

Feseekh & Ringa

When it comes to the famous duo of feseekh and ringa (fermented fish), you’re either someone who absolutely cannot get enough of them or you cannot stand them. If you’re on team A, we’re sure you’ve been counting the days until Eid arrives so you can wrap them in baladi bread with a delicious squeeze of lemon.

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To get that needed dose, you have to order from El Fouad at Cairo’s Al Daher. They offer a true seafood extravaganza with everything from tuna and sardine to ringa. It’s time to roll up those sleeves!

Harissa Chicken

Who doesn’t love harissa, the spicy, smoky, and peppery red chilli paste popular in the Maghreb region? During Ramadan, it might have been hard to enjoy the spicy kick of this popular paste, but now, with Eid, you can dive right in.

We’ve got a special recipe for you to try this Eid: Suzy Karadsheh’s Grilled Harissa Chicken. Savory and smoky juicy chicken thighs covered in harissa Chile paste and garlic is the ultimate spicy dish to bid adieu to Ramadan.


Rice, pasta, lentils, hummus, fried onion rings, and a whole lot of vinegar & tomato sauce are the building blocks of Egypt’s star dish, the famous koshari. It’s impossible not to have craved this dish or had it enter your dreams.

Your dreams will finally be turned into a reality, as you can indulge in this flavor circus during Eid without worrying about thirst. Knowing that this dish is beloved across the region, you can head to the multi-franchise koshari spot known as Abu Tarek, which is open in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai.

Homemade Pickles

Look, this is serious. To many people, pickles are a dish in themselves—don’t ask us how. Many of us refrain from eating these salty gems in Ramadan, but with Eid, it’s time to overdose on them. We have a special recipe ready for you to try: Lebanese pickled turnips.

A great recipe to try is by Luay from Urban Farm and Kitchen. These pickles can be served with literally anything, but we recommend Lebanese shawarma.

Now, you won’t be stumped on what to eat during the first day of Eid. Let us know if we missed any of your favorite dishes.

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