Delicious Easy-To-Make Muharram Recipes To Try After The Ritual

Delicious Easy-To-Make Muharram Recipes To Try After The Ritual

The first month in the Islamic calendar begins with Muharram, which follows after the holy and sacred month of Ramadan. Muharram month’s 10th day is known as Ashura. During this time, Shia Muslims commemorate and mourn the death of Husayn Ibn Ali, who was the grandson of Muhammad. On the other hand, Sunni Muslims fast in order to offer respect to the Prophet Moses. Muharram has different significance for Islam followers, however, the food preference is mostly similar. Therefore, this article is aimed at providing you with appetizing Muharram recipes to beautify this event for you.

Luscious Muharram Recipes That Will Leave You Stunned

Here is a list of some of the best Muharram dishes to try, which are extremely delicious and easy to make. Special detail has been given to explain the recipes in a brief manner.

1. Dum Ke Roat


Roat is one of the traditional and most loved Muharram Special recipes to try. It is a recipe that we recommend you not to miss on the occasion. The steps to follow while making Roat are mentioned below.


  • All-purpose flour (Maida)
  • Sooji
  • Ground sugar
  • Cashew nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Raisins
  • Green cardamom powder
  • Saffron threads
  • Baking powder
  • Milk khoya
  • Desi ghee
  • Boiled milk

Cooking Procedure

  • Soak the dry fruits (pistachios and almonds) in cold water overnight. Next morning peel the skin and finely slice them. If you don’t have much time then you can boil them for some time to remove the skin.
  • In a mixer, add milk and khoya, and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Get a large mixing bowl, add maida, sooji, baking powder, sugar, and green cardamom powder, and mix well. Then add desi ghee and sliced nuts, and mix thoroughly. Thereafter, cover the dough and rest for about an hour.
  • Then check the dough, if you think it has become soft then knead it again and let it rest for another hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 185 degrees and start preparing the roat. Grease your palm with desi ghee and flatten the small sections of the dough (like cookies). It should be about 6 inches in diameter.
  • Arrange them onto greased foil sheets on a baking tray. There should be at least 2 inches of gap between each roat. Wear gloves and put the tray into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • When the sides and base get a nice brown colour, switch to broil on a low setting for the toppings to get that same colour as well. Then allow them to cool and take them out.
  • Enjoy with friends and family.

2. Zarda Rice


Zarda Rice is a dessert (sweet dish) that almost every Muslim household prepares. The dish is really simple to make and you can also alter some of its ingredients based on your preference. It is one of the Muharram sweet recipes you would not be able to deny.


The list of ingredients needed for Zarda Rice are:

  • Uncooked white rice
  • Green Cardamom
  • Vegetable oil
  • Edible food colour – Orange
  • Grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • Finely chopped almonds
  • Finely chopped walnuts
  • Heavy cream

Cooking Procedure

 Follow these steps to relish the best of flavours:

  • Soak the uncooked white rice in clean water for about an hour.
  • Get a heavy-bottom pan, add water to and let it boil. Then add orange food colour and green cardamom pods.
  • At a low flame, add the soaked rice. Cover with a lid and simmer for at least 20 minutes or until tender.
  • Add oil to a pan and sauté a few cardamom pods.
  • Add the cooked rice in it along with sugar and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  •  Remove the rice from and heat and let it cool for a bit.
  • Add cream and garnish with dry fruits such as raisins, walnuts, and almonds. Then add orange zest and enjoy the scrumptious dessert.

3. Sooji Halwa

Any Muslim celebration is literally incomplete without halwa so how could we not mention Sooji Halwa in our list of Muharram recipes? It is one of the easiest dishes to prepare on the occasion. Now let’s jump into the details.


  • Sooji
  • Water
  • Desi ghee
  • Sugar
  • Chopped almonds
  • Chopped cashew nuts
  • Cardamom powder

Cooking Procedure

  • Boil some water in a pan for about 4 minutes over a medium flame.
  • Dry roast sooji in another pan and add desi ghee to it. Cook over a medium flame.
  • Mix sooji with the ghee by stirring continuously.
  • Keep roasting until the sooji is golden brown.
  • Slowly add the boiled water to it. Keep stirring to prevent lump formation.
  • Cook the sooji mixture until it becomes thick enough. Then add sugar according to taste. Finish it off with cardamom powder.
  • Add nuts (almonds and cashews) to the mixture and serve hot.

4. Muharram ka Sherbet

Muharram ka Sherbet is the best when it comes to achieving inner peace during Muharram. Islamic followers serve this Doodh ka Sherbet in honour of the sacrifices that Imam Hussain and his followers made during the Karbala battle that took place on Ashura (the 10th day of Muharram). This is one such dish that cannot be omitted if we are talking about recipes for this occasion, especially Muharram sweet recipes. Want to have this delicious drink? Follow the recipe mentioned below.


  • Milk
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Chopped almonds
  • Chopped cashew nuts
  • Cardamom powder

Cooking Procedure

  • In a heavy-bottom pan, add milk, boil it and keep it aside.
  • Take a pan, add water to it and boil it.
  • Add sugar to the boiled water and let it dissolve completely.
  • Add this sugar-flavoured water into the hot milk through a sieve.
  • Add cardamom powder to the sweetened milk.
  • Get a clay pot and an aluminium lid.
  • Place the lid over a stove and place agarwood pieces on it.
  • When the smoke is released from agarwood pieces, place the clay pot near it and let the smoke in.
  • Place a lid over the pot.
  • Then remove the lid and pour in the hot milk and close the lid again. This step is to be followed so that the sherbet acquires the beautiful aroma of agar.
  • Add chopped nuts (almonds and cashews) into the pot.
  • Relish the tasty and refreshing doodh ka sharbat!

5. Chicken Haleem

If you are a non-veg lover then this dish is definitely for you. Also, the list of Muharram special recipes would be incomplete without a non-veg curry, isn’t it? The preparation of this dish is not limited to just chicken. You can also prepare it with mutton or beef. The method of cooking mostly remains the same among almost all Islam followers. However, the taste may vary from place to place.


  • Boneless chicken (or any other meat of your choice like mutton or beef)
  • Boiled wheat
  • Masoor dal
  • Chana dal
  • Boiled moong dal
  • Salt as per taste
  • Nutmeg mace powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Red chilli powder
  • Bay leaves
  • All spice powder (Garam masala powder)
  • Crushed cumin seeds
  • Green chillies paste
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Mint leaves paste
  • Chopped onions
  • Vegetable oil
  • For garnishing: lemon, Mint leaves, Coriander leaves, finely chopped green chillies and ginger, and Chaat masala powder.

Cooking Procedure

  • Take a pan, add oil to it and add ginger garlic paste, green chillies paste, mint leaves paste, bay leaves, and sauté for a while.
  • Then add chicken (clean it beforehand) and stir for a while.
  • Add spices: red chilli and turmeric powder along with crushed cumin. Then add salt as per taste.
  • Add some water, cover the pan, and simmer the chicken at a low flame until tender. Then shred the meat.
  • Add in grounded lentils and wheat.
  • Take some oil in another pan to prepare tadka. Add onions to it and fry.
  • To the mixture, add some more water and fried onions. Cook for a while and mash it using a food masher.
  • Then add all spice powder to it. Cook until the masala is incorporated well.
  • Garnish the dish with coriander and mint (pudina) leaves, lemon slices and green chillies. Enjoy your delicious meal!

6. Chickpeas Pulao


Chickpeas Pulao is one of the vegetarian Muharram dishes one must definitely try. It is also very healthy as it contains chickpeas in high amounts. It can be enjoyed with any curry of your choice. Therefore, let’s dive into the recipe for this vegetarian delight.


  • Basmati rice
  • Chickpeas
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Finely chopped onions
  • Chopped green chillies
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Cloves
  • Whole black peppercorns
  • All spice powder (Garam masala powder)
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Red chilli powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • Vegetable oil

Cooking Procedure

  • Take a medium-bottomed pan and heat some oil in it. Then add chopped onions and fry until they turn golden-brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste, cinnamon stick, chopped green chillies, all spice powder, red chilli powder, and salt as per taste.
  • Cook the masala mixture for a while on medium flame. Then add water and chickpeas to it, and let it boil.
  • After the chickpeas are cooked slightly, add basmati rice to it.
  • Then simmer the mixture until the rice is cooked and there is no water left.
  • Serve hot and relish the best taste.

7. Poha Kheer


For Muslims, nothing is better than a bowl of kheer. This is why our list of Muharram recipes had to mention a kheer recipe. But hey! Why is it made with poha here? It is just a healthier version of a typical kheer.


  • Poha or pressed rice
  • Milk
  • Desi ghee
  • Cashew nuts
  • Green cardamom powder
  • Sugar

Cooking Procedure

  • Heat 1 tbsp desi ghee in a non-stick pan, and add cashew nuts and raisins. Fry them until golden brown. Then remove it from the pan and set it aside.
  • Add poha into the same pan and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add milk and cook it while stirring the mixture continuously. Keep cooking until the poha is cooked and the milk thickens.
  • Add sugar to the mixture and cook until it dissolves completely.
  • Add green cardamom powder, fried cashew nuts and raisins, and mix well. Serve warm!

8. Egg Biryani

Muslims are very fond of biryani, isn’t it? So, if you want to enjoy good biryani but with less effort then this egg biryani recipe is for you. It is not only one of the best Muharram special recipes but also one of the dishes you would want to try often.


  • Basmati rice
  • 2 Hard boiled eggs
  • Finely sliced onions
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Finely chopped tomatoes
  • Green chillies
  • Green cardamom
  • Cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Dried bay leaves
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Chopped mint leaves
  • Lemon juice
  • Hung Curd
  • All spice powder (Garam masala powder)
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Water

Cooking Procedure

  • Wash and soak about 1 cup of basmati rice in 2 cups of water for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  • In a heavy-bottom vessel/pan heat 1.5 tbsp oil and add green cardamom, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and dried bay leaves.
  • When the cardamom and cloves are puffed add a few slit green chillies and sauté for a minute.
  • Then put a large finely sliced onion into the pan. Sauté on medium flame until it turns light golden brown.
  • Add ginger garlic smell and fry until the raw smell is gone.
  • Then add a finely chopped small tomato. Cook on medium heat until the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, and Kashmiri red chilli powder, and fry for a few minutes on low flame.
  • Then add 2 tbsp hung curd and mix well. Cook until you can see oil oozing out from the sides.
  • Then add finely chopped mint and coriander leaves and cook for a minute.
  • After the masala is ready, add 2 cups of water that was earlier used to soak rice. Add lemon juice and salt as per taste.
  • Bring the water to a boil and taste it. Make sure that the salt and spice levels are higher than required for just water. So, the biryani would taste just perfect.
  • After adjusting salt and spice (if needed), add 2 hard-boiled eggs into the water. Then add soaked basmati rice and stir well.
  • Cover the mixture with a lid and cook for 4-5 minutes, then reduce the flame to low and cook for another 9-10 or until the rice is soft and all the water has dried.
  • Open the lid to check the consistency and turn the flame off. The important part of this egg biryani recipe is to close the lid and let it cook in the residual heat for another 10-15 minutes for best results. Don’t mix it before covering again.
  • Serve hot with the raita of your choice.

These mouthwatering Muharram recipes would surely amaze you. All of these are extremely easy to make on your special occasion of honouring the sacrifices of your ancestors.

A Yummy Sum Up

If you want to treat your loved ones and yourself on this Muharram then do try some of the recipes mentioned above. Most of them are very simple to prepare and we have also provided some healthy options in case you want to consider them. The above-mentioned list definitely has some of the best Muharram recipes to try on this auspicious occasion. If you try them out then feel free to share your feedback below. We would be honoured to help out if there are any issues you face.

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