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Tharida (also referred to as tharidat Ghassan)[1] is a soup in Arab cuisine prepared with broth, stewed meat and bread crumbs that are crumbled using one's fingers;[a] the bread crumbs serve to thicken the soup.[3][4][5] It was sometimes prepared using brains for the meat.[1] Additional ingredients that can be used include beans, crushed or pounded walnuts, yogurt, mint and spices.[6][7] It may have a milky appearance.[8] Hundreds of variations and recipes exist for the dish.[9]


Tharida served as a symbol of Arab identity during the "early years of Islam".[9] Muhammad said that tharida surpasses other dishes as Aisha, his favorite wife, "surpasses other women".[b][9]

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  1. ^ "Tharida- A dish consisting of bread crumbled with fingers ..."[2]
  2. ^ "(or tharida) an ancient Arabian dish of bread mixed with stewed meat. It was praised by the Prophet Muhammad, who said of his favourite wife: 'Aisha surpasses other women as tharid surpasses other dishes.' The Prophet's sanction has made ..."[10]


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  2. ^ Mambo, Mohamed (January 25, 2013). "Tanzania: Today Is the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad". Retrieved 19 May 2016. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Strohmeier, M. (1984). Islamkundliche Untersuchungen. Islamkundliche Untersuchungen. Schwarz. p. 273. ISBN 978-3-922968-97-9. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Quiles, J.L.; Ramírez-Tortosa, M.C.; Yaqoob, P. (2006). Olive Oil and Health. CAB books. CABI Pub. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-84593-068-4. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  5. ^ Ayto, J. (2012). The Diner's Dictionary: Word Origins of Food and Drink. Oxford Quick reference collection. OUP Oxford. p. 2. ISBN 978-0-19-964024-9. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  6. ^ Albala, K. (2007). Beans: A History. Bloomsbury Academic. p. 35. ISBN 978-1-84520-430-3. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Nasrallah, N. (2007). Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens: Ibn Sayyār al-Warrāq's Tenth-Century Baghdadi Cookbook. Islamic History and Civilization. Brill. p. 300. ISBN 978-90-474-2305-8. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Salloum, H.; Salloum, M.; Elias, L.S. (2013). Sweet Delights from a Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets. I. B. Tauris. p. 39. ISBN 978-1-78076-464-1. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Vered, Ronit (July 10, 2014). "Fasting and fast-food: 30 days and 30 bites of Ramadan - Pleasure Hunting". Haaretz. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Davidson, A.; Jaine, T. (2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford Companions. OUP Oxford. p. 818. ISBN 978-0-19-104072-6. Retrieved May 19, 2016. (subscription required)