After one month long fasting during the month of Ramadan, the sight of moon crescent last night, announced the Eid, the festival, every Muslim waits and prepare for with loads of excitement.
Though last minute preparations made us go to bed very late, we still woke up this morning ahead of the alarm. As men in the family got ready for the 08:45 AM Eid prayers, my wife headed for the kitchen to prepare the delicacies, including the iconic Sheer Quorma.
When I was young, my grandmother herself used to prepare Sheer Quorma, which were very famous among the family and friends. After her death, my mother never prepared it, perhaps that would be reminding her of her mother. She instead used to prepare Sewain Zarda. What a taste that used to be. After her death three years ago my wife followed my mother’s tradition.
This year, my son insisted that she prepares Sheer Quorma, therefore each one of us were quite excited about.
By 10:30 AM we were out of the mosque and back home. The aroma of biryani, Dahi Vada and Sheer Quorma welcomed us.
Biryani has always been my favorite, something I can sustain myself with all my life, though age doesn’t allow me that luxury anymore.
After the brief prayers at home, we were ready to host some friends over lunch, hoping that lunch will start soon and we will hit the Sheer Quorma.
Finally, the moment of deja vu. With first spoon I traveled back 30 years, to that morning in Lucknow, when my grand mother had laid her last Sheer Quorma for us.
Eid is not a celebration without friends. Its evening now and friends have started arriving. Its going to be late but who cares. With friends and family by my side I am loving every moment of Eid.