Folks, as you know Eid-ul-Azha is just around the corner! Sure, you can expect a lot of delicious finger-licking good food and fun festivities- a few tears too for those who got overly attached to their bakra
. (My condolences in advance for you.) But, that's not the focus of this Eid. The core of the occasion is to have the perfect Qurbani. Yep. It's the slicing and dicing of your beloved bakra that matters the most! So, whether you're a total noob or you have some experience in this department, worry not! Because by the end of this article, you'll be a pro in doing your Qurbani.
Find your 'Qasai' beforehand!
You might be wondering why finding a Qasai
(a.k.a the butcher responsible for slaughtering your goat) is on the top of our list. After all, with meat shops in every street how hard could be to find a Qasai, right? Wrong. Qasai's are the real MVPs on Eid day. They are almost always booked in advance and if you leave booking one to the last minute, you'll never find one that comes on time. Even if you do, they’re probably going to be amateurs that lack the skill and are out for your money. The only way to enjoy Eid-Ul-Azha is to get done with the Qurbani early in the morning and spend the rest of the day dressing nice and enjoying good food! So, book a skillful Qasai right now.
Make the necessary preparations!
Now, while your Qasai is on the way. It’s time to get everything ready. Select an open space where you’re going to do the Qurbani. Usually, terraces and backyards are used for this because it's easy to wash away the remnants later. Once your space is ready, it’s time to get your dishes. Now keep in mind that there is a lot of meat that needs to be preserved. So, take out all your pans, pots, parats
because trust us, they will all be filled. Also, remember to make space in your freezers so you can store them later. One more important thing is to gather a lot of plastic bags because you’d be using those to distribute meat among the various people who will ring your doorbell and ask for it.
Supervise the cutting!
Now, once you’ve sacrificed your goat, it’s time to start cutting and separating the meat into different parts. Even if your Qasai is a skilled one, it’s still important to be present and supervise the whole thing. It takes some expertise to properly take the skin off and chop the meat in a refined manner. You need to tell your butcher, in what types you want your meat cut. It’s also necessary to keep a look at everything that’s happening. Because in the hustle bustle of Eid, you never know when someone with sticky fingers might take the leg or even the head of your bakra and disappear! So be careful and be alert!
Cook and devour the Kaleji!
Don’t worry, doing your Qurbani is not all work. The first thing the butcher will do is separate the kaleji
(liver, heart, and kidney) of your goat/cow and send it in your kitchen. Now, you’ve got to cook those delicacies and make a tasty meal. Snacking on these will make you truly enjoy the taste of Eid. It’s so good that even the sad souls who parted with their darling pet might feel guilty for eating and enjoying it.
Store your meat!
Meat can go bad fairly quickly so preservation is key. The best way is to put the meat into a strainer bowl to get rid of the excess water, then divide it into small quantities. Pack those quantities into Ziplock plastic bags, press them down a bit and freeze them. It’s advisable not to keep Qurbani meat in the freezer for a very long time, rather, it’s better to cook and finish it in as less time as possible.
Wash up and Enjoy!
Now once your Qurbani is done properly, it’s time to have fun. Don’t be one of the surly kids who sleep as soon as the work is done and wake up after the entire Eid day has passed, only to order a chicken dish. No! Enjoy the delicious mutton and beef recipes
and rejoice in the festivities. Get dressed and take a bunch of cool selfies. Sure, you won’t be getting Eidi this time but you’ll still get to eat as much as you want and nobody will judge you for it!
One very important thing to keep in mind is that this Eid is all about sacrifice and giving. Remember to distribute it properly in three parts according to Islamic law: the underprivileged, family and friends. Make sure that you don't keep all the juicy and yummy parts for yourself and leave all the by-products like charbi
Share the blessings, love and happiness of Eid with as many people as you can.
We wish you a very happy Eid!
Do you already follow these tips or did you learn something new? Are you overly attached to your bakra or are you just waiting to make a karahi out of it? Leave a comment and let us know!