The cuisine of Oman is a mixture of several staples of Asian foods. Dishes are often based around chicken, fish, and lamb, as well as the staple of rice. Most Omani dishes tend to contain a rich mixture of spices, herbs, and marinades. 
While Omani food varies within different regions of Oman, most dishes across the country have a staple of curry, cooked meat, rice, and vegetables. Soups are also common and are usually made from chicken, lamb, and vegetables (e.g., smoked eggplant). The main meal is usually eaten in the middle of the day, while dinner is lighter. 
Shuwa is a meal eaten only on festive occasions. The dish consists of a whole cow or goat roasted in a special oven in a pit dug in the ground, usually as a communal activity, by an entire village. The meat is flavored with a variety of spices, then wrapped in sacks made of dry leaves, which are in turn placed into the oven.