Are you sure you are ready to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr? The next most important question is, have you listed out your must-have Kuih Raya? If you don't have any ideas yet, then you have come to the right place because Hari Raya Eid Al-Fitr will not be complete without Kuih Raya. These sweet or savory Kuih Raya are a must-have for Eid as they will get you into the festive mood. So, let’s rejoice in this moment of Ramadan and Eid with sweet delights. Now that you have more time to do some research, maybe you should try those types of Kuih Raya that you have never ever tasted before. During this time, you can even try baking one yourself!
Here are 15 must-have Kuih Raya for you to note down!
The classic famous pineapple tart is one of the most favorite kuih to serve for Eid Al-Fitr. This kuih is very common in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is very easy to find pineapple tarts in every house you visit during Eid Al-Fitr in Southeast Asia.
Pineapple tart itself is a bite-size pastry filled with pineapple jam. It has a buttery and crumbly pastry texture on the outside and melts on the inside. Well, sometimes they also put the pineapple jam as a topping instead of a filling. So, which team are you on? Is it pineapple tart with pineapple jam as a topping, or filling?
Suji biscuits originated from India. It is a cookie made of flour, ghee (clarified butter), and sugar with a pinch of salt. Imagine tasting a balanced flavor of sweet and salty. This biscuit has a soft texture that melts in your mouth. Yum... This is definitely a must-have Kuih Raya for Eid. You could get them from online stores or better enough, bake your own!
Image Credit: Honey Cornflakes Biscuit by Dish by Ili
Honey Cornflakes are also known as Cornflakes Madu is made of crunchy cornflakes coated with sweet honey and either topped with chopped cherries or colorful sprinkles. It is one of the easiest cookies to make that requires only 4 ingredients. Those ingredients are plain cornflakes, honey, butter, and chopped cherries. Furthermore, it only takes less than 30 minutes to make one.
We recommend you try making one yourself!
Almond London is one of the most favorite kuih for Hari Raya. It could be because of its mouth-watering look or the richness of its taste. Almond London consists of roasted almonds inside a milky cookie, coated with delicious dark chocolate with almond nibs as toppings. This sweet but also dark chocolate bittery cookie has a crunchy texture.
Rempeyek is a very common kuih in Southeast Asia that originated from Java Island, Indonesia. Like pineapple tarts, most people are familiar with it and it is popular amongst many Southeast Asian countries. Rempeyek itself is a fried peanut cracker. It is relatively easy to make and does not require an oven. It is made from peanuts, lime leaves, white rice flour, egg, tapioca flour, coriander seeds, galangal, garlic, candlenuts, and salt. You can even add anchovies to the mix.
Imagine that rich savory taste coupled with the crunchiness of the nuts. Delicious isn't it?
Like rempeyek, popia simpul also does not require an oven. Popia simpul which is very famous in Malaysia and Singapore is a fried bite-sized knotted spring roll filled with chicken floss. The main ingredients are spring roll pastry and chicken floss. It has a crispy texture that will make it hard for you to stop nibbling. Surely you would've come across a bottle of the popia simpul when visiting your relatives during Hari Raya. This kuih is sold in many stores, including online stores. Why not challenge yourself this Eid and make your own popia simpul?
Nestum cookies are one of the most delicious kuih that is perfect for Hari Raya. Nestum cookies are everyone’s favorite. Nestum itself is a brand of cereal that is well-known for its taste and aroma. When used as an ingredient, it gives off a crunchy texture with a sweet aroma filling in the air.
There are varieties of Nestum cookie recipes that you can follow on the internet, from Original Nestum to Almond Nestum cookies.
Fried Rose Cookies could be found in Malaysia and Indonesia (Kembang Goyang). It originated from India. Over there, it is known as Achu Murukku. It is crispy, sweet, and salty at the same time. This kuih is fried with a flower-shaped mold. The ingredients are rice flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, coconut milk, egg, salt, and oil. It is pretty easy to make and only takes less than 30 minutes of your time. Worth it right?
Image Credit: Snowball Cookies by Brown Eyed Baker
Snowball cookies have a smooth yet crunchy texture that easily melts in your mouth. This cookie usually contains nuts like pecan, walnut, or almond. It is also a buttery bite-sized round pastry covered in powdered sugar, perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth! After feasting on all that spicy Hari Raya dish, why not eat some snowball cookies? It will be worth it (we promise).
Cat’s tongue is a delicate biscuit perfect for Eid celebration or as a tea companion. This biscuit exists throughout the world, including Asia, Europe, Australia, and South America. They are made from egg white, wheat flour, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cat’s tongue could be topped with various toppings like chocolate sprinkles or nuts, or dipped in the chocolate melt.
Kaastengel is pretty famous in Indonesia. It was brought in by the Dutch. Kaastengel or cheese stick shortbread is a perfect kuih raya. It looks like a golden bar, buttery and savory, making it difficult for you to stop eating once you start. The main ingredients are Edam or Cheddar cheese, unsalted butter, egg, flour, and milk powder.
Image Credit: Chocolate Chip Cookie by Resepi Che Nom
Chocolate chip cookie is famous all around the world and you could easily find served as a kuih raya in one of your house visits. It is one of the ultimate classic cookies one has to try. It has a smooth yet crunchy texture and is best served with tea. A good chocolate chip cookie has a balanced sweet and salty flavor. Chocolate chip cookie is made from butter, white sugar, brown sugar, flour, salt, and chocolate chips. The fragrant smell as soon as it comes out fresh out of the oven is oh-so-delicious!
Image Credit: Biskut Samperit/Custard Cookies by Lisa's Lemony Kitchen
Dahlia Biscuit or also known as kuih semperit in Malaysia is an old custard butter cookie. It is a small cookie shaped like a flower topped with chopped cherries. It is made from butter, icing sugar, egg yolk, cake flour, cornflour, and custard powder. Kuih Semperit is another popular kuih raya where once you start eating one, you can never stop. This is a must-have kuih raya due to its wonderful taste and we recommend you try baking one yourself!
Image Credit: Ant’s Nest Cookies (Biskut Sarang Semut) on asian inspirations
Sarang semut (ant’s nest) is a biscuit that is common in Malaysia, especially during Hari Raya. Its pastry has a crispy texture. Sarang semut is made from butter, caster sugar, plain flour, custard powder, vanilla, chocolate sprinkles. This kuih is a children’s favorite because of its rainbow chocolate sprinkles topping. If you have young children at home, be sure to have this must-have kuih on your table during Eid!
Image Credit: Checkerboard Cookie by Jo Cooks
Checkerboard cookie is a perfect solution for those who can’t decide between vanilla or chocolate cookie. It is made from unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, and egg.
You can also replace the cocoa with green pandanus leaves to create a ketupat-shaped like a cookie. It is perfect for Eid - the designs and the taste - it definitely embodies the Raya spirit.
Voila! Now you have a list of must-have kuih raya in your hands for your perfect Eid Al-Fitr. Some of them are pretty easy to make. So, why not try to make some? We hope this can inspire you to make your own kuih raya or at the very least, get them from online stores.
In this moment of celebration, we usually gather with our big families. This time round, however, we ought to celebrate this special moment while staying at home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, in this special moment, let us make this fun by learning new things like baking cookies or kuihs from our list. Do not forget to wash your hand frequently and use a face mask when you go out! Insha Allah this moment will pass and hopefully things will get better.