Mandi (food)

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Homemade mandi from Hadhramaut, Yemen
Alternative names المندي
Course Lunch or dinner
Place of origin Hadhramaut, Yemen
Region or state Yemen, Arabian Peninsula (such as Egypt and Jordan)
Main ingredients Rice, meat (lamb or chicken), and a mixture of spices
Cookbook: Mandi  Media: Mandi

Mandi (Arabic: المندي‎) is a traditional Yemeni dish from Hadhramaut, Yemen. It is also eaten in many other Yemeni cities, such as Sana'a and Aden. It is now very popular in other areas of the Arabian Peninsula, such as Egypt and Jordan. It is also popular among the Hadhrami people in the Malabar region of Kerala, India. The word "mandi" comes from the Arabic word nada, meaning "dew", and reflects the moist 'dewy' texture of the meat.[1]

Mandi is usually made from rice, meat (lamb or chicken), and a mixture of spices. The meat used is usually a young and small sized lamb to enhance the taste further. The main thing which differentiates mandi is that the meat is cooked in the tandoor (taboon in Hadhrami), which is a special kind of oven. The tandoor is usually a hole dug in the ground and covered inside by clay. To cook mandi, dry wood is placed in the tandoor and burned to generate a lot of heat turning into charcoal. The meat is then suspended inside the tandoor without touching the charcoal. After that, the whole tandoor is closed without letting any of the smoke out. Raisins, pine nuts, or peanuts can be added to the rice as per one's taste.

Mandi is considered the main dish served during special events, such as Eid, weddings, and feasts.

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