10 Modern and Traditional Hari Raya Treats You Must Make

10 Modern and Traditional Hari Raya Treats You Must Make

Make an all-time favourite gorgeously green Moss Jelly cake, to surprisingly easy chocolatey cookies of Milo Krispies, and a whole feast of Hari Raya treats to celebrate!

1. Cat Tongue Cookies: Lidah Kucing

What a cute name for a cookie treat! Lidah Kucing, lady finger cookies or Cat Tongue Cookies are shaped like cat tongues and really easy to whip up. Texture wise, it is similar to French Tuile Cookies but more cakey. These biscuits are commonly served during Hari Raya, and are a huge hit among kids. Sprinkle some hundreds and thousands on it or even dip it in chocolate before adding sprinkles for a dash of color. We are definitely addicted to its buttery crunch!

2. Less Sugar Pineapple Tarts: Nastar Sehat

Who doesn’t love the gooey, sweet, sticky pineapple tarts? We can literally pop them by the dozen if no one is watching. Nastar Sehat or Pineapple tarts have been a staple dessert snack during Hari Raya and Chinese New Year. This version of Less Sugar Pineapple Tarts uses less sugar in both the cookies and pineapple paste while retaining the yummy, melt-in-your-mouth base and lightly spiced topping. Make it a fun family affair by getting the kids to help shape the base into circles, flowers or heart shapes to hold the pineapple paste. Just make sure they are about the same size for baking evenly.

3. Moss Jelly: Puding Lumut Mentega

With its beautiful emerald green exterior, Moss Jelly or Puding Lumut Mentega is sure to be a star attraction on your dessert table. Most often served during Ramadan in Indonesia, this dual-layered custard jelly is delightfully creamy and is actually made out of refreshing veggies. It’s a really stealthy way to sneak some fresh cucumber and bean sprouts into snacks for the kids and adults alike. Grab a piece before it disappears from the table!

4. Sticky Date Pudding with Vanilla Ice-Cream

Sticky Date Pudding always brings to mind the heavenly butterscotch drizzle and vanilla ice cream over a sticky warm pudding. You don’t have to head to a fancy restaurant to recreate this – we’ve got you covered with our homemade recipe below. Dates are naturally sweet (they are a source of fructose), so you can definitely add less sugar or even go without. You can also replace the sugar with molasses or honey to give it an even stickier texture.  It’s one of our absolute favourite desserts – so give it a try!

5. Colourful Dusty Custard Cookies: Kueh Semperit

Impress your guests during Eid with these rich and buttery cookies that are almost too pretty to eat! Popular in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and even Singapore, this is the Southeast Asian answer to the Scottish Shortbread. The word ‘semperit’ is Indonesian for ‘to pipe’ which is exactly what you’ll be doing with the butter cookie dough. The dough is coloured and piped to form swirls and even beautiful flowers before being decorated with pearl drops and baked. Don’t have pearl drops on hand? You can instead decorate these melt-in-your-mouth cookies with chocolate chips or a piece of sweetened cherry. These colourful cookies are definitely made for Eid. 

6. Chocolatey Malt Milo Krispies Cookies

Milo Krispies Cookies are exactly what you imagine - milo cookie chunks that are at once sweet, malty, and crisp. Chocolatey malt milo, tiny rice puffs and chewy cookie dough combine in the air-fryer to make an addictive snack that’s completely oil-free. Drizzle your freshly made snacks with chocolate or sprinkle hundreds and thousands for extra colour. 

7. Crunchy Tofu Puffs: Tahu Kriuk Kriuk

Whether it’s a side dish to dinner or a quick snack, Tahu Kriuk Kriuk or Tofu Puffs packs a punch and a crunch! Invert these tofu puffs and pat them dry with a kitchen towel to ensure that they are super crispy when air-fried. We love dipping them in sambal or sweet and sour chilli sauce – enjoy them while they are hot!

8. Curry Flavored Crunchy Mi

Remember the childhood days where we walked home with packs of Mamee monster noodles in our hands? Some of us like to crush it up before eating and others like to eat it as a huge piece. This Curry Flavored Crunchy Mi brings back those good old days, albeit a bit healthier as these golden brown tangles are air-fried (aka no oil) instead of deep-fried (aka with oil). You can flavour them as you like but we love the spicy curry taste best on these crunchy noodle balls.

9. Fluffy Ugly Banana Cake Bites

Get your protein fix after an intense workout with these Fluffy Ugly Banana Cake Bites. The best part about this snack is that no one will fight you over it at first glance – and you can horde that moist fluffy goodness to yourself. If your banana is really ripe, you can omit the sugar, as the natural sugars will be more than enough. For even more protein and a nice crunch, crush a handful of almonds or walnuts and fold it into the mixture before baking.

10. Sweet Semolina Cakes: Nammoura

sticky and sweet dessert from Lebanon, these decadent cakes made of coarse semolina are so simple to make that you can easily end up with more than enough to tide you through waves after waves of Eid visitors. By soaking the cakes in sugar syrup then topping them off with almonds or shaved coconut, you’ll be sure to get cakes that are not only rich but moist and full of texture as well! These desserts are delicious both warm or cold so you can make them ahead of time and serve once your guests arrive.

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