Eid 2024: 7 Plant-Based Dishes You Can Try

Curating a plant-based Eid menu does not have to be a chore. Think of protein-rich options that are filling, nourishing and palatable for summer. Some proteins like lentils, chickpeas, rice and nuts are ideal since they can be used in many ways. Instead of a plain veggie khichdi, or chana masala, you can also think of plat-based delicacies from other cultures. 

For instance, there are plenty of Mediterranean recipes which are easy to put together and also make good use of seasonal produce, especially fruits. If you’re putting together a last-minute meal, be sure to stock your pantry with enough veggie stock, some fresh white bread, a couple of stone fruits, olive oil and at least 2-3 flavourful dips. Here are some great plant-based dishes which can be made for Eid.


If you’re trying to move over khichdi, explore this terrific and hearty delicacy which makes great use of rice and lentils. A beloved staple across the Middle East, Mujadara combines lentils, rice, and caramelized onions, cooked to perfection in a fragrant blend of spices. The earthiness of lentils, the nuttiness of rice, and the sweetness of onions pair really well together. Serve it with a side of tangy yoghurt or a zesty, leafy salad.


Eid celebrations are incomplete without a refreshing salad to balance the richness of other dishes. Fattoush is a vibrant Levantine salad, that delivers a burst of freshness and is made with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers, and tangy radishes which are tossed with toasted pita bread and aromatic herbs like mint and parsley. It’s topped with a drizzle of olive oil and a splash of tangy sumac dressing.

Cauliflower korma 

You can make this dish with broccoli or even fresh kale; it features fresh cauliflower cooked in a rich and creamy sauce and infused with aromatic spices. It's a flavorful and comforting dish that pairs well with rice or bread. The cauliflower is typically simmered in a sauce made with onions, tomatoes, coconut milk, and a blend of spices such as turmeric, cumin, coriander, and garam masala. The creamy and flavorful curry is garnished with fresh cilantro and served hot.

Falafel Platter

A clever, shareable festive meal which has something for everyone! It features homemade (or store-bought) chickpea falafels served as part of a platter, accompanied by patties and an array of fresh, herby dips and accompaniments. Creamy hummus, smoky baba ganoush, tangy tzatziki, and spicy harissa are some of the basic options for a platter like this. You can also opt for some raita or a leafy salad along with some warm pita bread with olive oil dressing. 

Coconut Tofu

If you’re looking for a seasonal twist, opt for a coconut curry with some proteins. The best part is instead of an Indian curry blend, you can also opt for a Thai yellow curry pasta and mix it with coconut milk. Go for firm tofu that's cubed and lightly pan-fried until golden brown (this adds texture and flavour). The tofu is then simmered in a fragrant curry sauce made with coconut milk, curry paste or powder, garlic, ginger, onions, and a variety of spices such as turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, and peas can be added to the curry for extra colour and nutrition. Pair it with some naan or homemade white rice.


No Eid feast is complete without a decadent dessert to indulge in, and Kunafa perfectly fits the bill. This beloved Levantine dessert features layers of shredded phyllo dough, sandwiching a creamy filling of sweetened ricotta or a luscious vegan cheese alternative. Baked until golden and crispy, Kunafa is then soaked in a fragrant sugar syrup infused with orange blossom or rose water, imparting a heavenly aroma and irresistible sweetness. Garnished with a sprinkling of chopped pistachios or almonds, Kunafa is the perfect dessert for Eid.

Chickpea and vegetable tagine

Slow-cooked with an array of spices like cumin, cinnamon, and paprika, this Moroccan-inspired dish can impress your guests. Tender chickpeas, sweet potatoes, carrots, and tomatoes are used to make this rich and satisfying stew. It’s garnished with fresh herbs and a sprinkle of toasted almonds and this vibrant tagine can be topped with some sweet raisins and salty olives.