Qatari cuisine

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Qatari cuisine is made up of traditional Arab and Levantine cuisine.[1] It is also largely influenced by Iranian and Indian cuisine. Machbūs, a meal consisting of rice, meat, and vegetables, is the national dish in Qatar.[1] Seafood and dates are staple food items in the country.[2]

Main dishes[edit]

Kabsa, also known as machboos, machbūs, or machbous

Qatari Machbous[edit]

Rice, meat, onions, and tomatoes mixed with spices. This dish is the local variation of kabsa.

Kabsa[edit]

Main article: Kabsa

Rice, meat, and vegetables mixed with spices. This dish is similar to biryani or pilaf.

Balaleet[edit]

Noodles cooked with sugar, cinnamon, saffron, and cardamom. There is often an omelet on top.

Ghuzi[edit]

Whole roast lamb served over nutty rice.[3]

Drinks[edit]

A remote roadside cafeteria south of Al Utouriya (2015)

Arabic coffee[edit]

Main article: Arabic coffee

Coffee brewed from dark roast coffee beans spiced with cardamom. It is often sweetened and/or served with dates.

Qahwa helw[edit]

Qahwa helw, also known as "Qatari coffee" or "sweet coffee",[4] is a bright orange mixture with cardamom, saffron, and sugar.[3] It can also be served with milk.

Mint and lemon cocktail[edit]

A refreshing drink flavoured with mint and lemon.

Leben[edit]

Main article: Leben (milk product)

A milk product similar to yogurt.

Dips[edit]

Hummus

Hummus[edit]

Main article: Hummus

A dip made from tahini (a sesame paste) and chickpeas.

Motabel[edit]

A paste made from eggplant, garlic, and tahini.

Nichee[edit]

A type of hummus made without tahini.

Desserts[edit]

Qatari sweets in Souq Waqif

Om ali[edit]

Bread and rice pudding.[5]

Sago[edit]

Sweet gelatin pudding spiced with saffron and cardamom.

Mehalabiya[edit]

Rose water and pistachio pudding.

Esh asaraya[edit]

Cheesecake topped with cream.[3]

Others[edit]

Other desserts include baklava, kanafeh, and qatayef, as well as local variations on desserts from the Western World.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The 3 M’s of Qatari Cuisine". The Daily Meal. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Culture of Qatar". Hilal Plaza. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Traditional Qatari Cuisine".AngloINFO Limited.
  4. ^ "Getting to know Qatar". Qatar Friendship Fund. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Qatar Food and Food Etiquette". Qatar Visitor.