"While working at the Swarn Mahal restaurant in Taj Rambagh Palace in Jaipur, I remember making this dish on many occasions for the royal family, who used to frequent the hotel. It holds a special place in my heart," says chef Sanjay Kumar of Bukhara restaurant at Bur Dubai’s Grayton Hotel.
"Having lived in the UAE for two decades, we feel we are a part of this country now. Celebrating Eid here has always been special as it is one occasion when families come together and create beautiful memories. It is also the time when we prepare something traditional, simple and delicious. Muhalabiya checks all the boxes," says chef Akshay Batra of Sofitel Dubai The Palm.
"Growing up, I remember Baklava being made only during religious holidays as it is tricky to make. All the women in the neighbourhood would come together to make it for all the houses. For me, it was the best example of togetherness, cooperation and sharing," says chef Volkan Ozcan, executive chef of Rixos The Palm Dubai Hotel & Suites.
"Machbous is a staple across the Middle East. I remember my grandparents preparing it and I still follow the tradition. We serve it with yogurt and fresh green salad," says chef Al Burji of Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.
"This is a hearty dish, packed with flavours from the spice and topped with the sweetness of dry fruits. What makes it even more popular in my family is that it does not require much fuss while cooking. A fresh salad and some hot bread for accompaniment, and you’ll see it attracting everyone to the dinner table, ready to mop up the leftover juices," says Chef Ahmed of Ajman Hotel by Blazon Hotels.