Culinary cuisine in Qatar.
Culinary cuisine in Qatar is influenced by Arabic, Persian and Indian-Pakistani cuisine. Traditional dishes include machboos, a rice dish with chicken or lamb, and harees, a type of porridge made from wheat and water. There is also plenty of seafood used in Qatari cuisine, as well as a variety of spices and spice blends. In the cities there are also many international restaurants that offer a wide range of cuisines.
Machboos is a traditional Arabic rice dish that is very popular in many Middle Eastern countries and Qatar. It consists of basmati rice prepared with chicken or lamb, onions, tomatoes, peppers and a variety of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon and saffron. The spices and meat are fried in oil before being cooked together with the rice and the rest of the vegetables. Machboos is often served with yogurt or raita and can also be garnished with fresh coriander and mint.
Harees is a traditional Arabic porridge dish that is particularly popular in Gulf states such as Qatar. It is made from wheat and water and has a very thick consistency. To prepare harees, wheat is first soaked overnight and then boiled in water until it is soft. Then it is tamped with a wooden spoon or trowel until a homogeneous mass is formed. Harees are often seasoned with butter and salt and are often served as a side dish or as a main course with chicken or lamb.
Stuffed camel is a traditional dish in Qatar that consists of a stuffed camel and is served especially on special occasions such as weddings or religious festivals. It is usually prepared on an open fire and can take hours to cook. The filling usually consists of rice, lamb, spices and chopped onions and tomatoes. It is often served with a sauce of tomatoes, onions and spices. It is a special dish and a rare specialty in Qatar.
Machbous al-Dhufuf is a traditional Arabic rice dish from Qatar, consisting mainly of steamed fish and spices. It is usually made from the fish "hamour", a type of sea bream that is very common in the waters of Qatar and the Gulf States. The fish is first seasoned and then steamed in aluminum foil before being prepared with rice, onions, tomatoes and spices such as peppers, cumin and coriander. Often served with yogurt or raita and fresh coriander, machbous al-dhufuf is a popular specialty in Qatar.
Shawarma is a traditional Arabic sandwich that is very popular in many Middle Eastern countries and Qatar. It consists of marinated meat, usually made from chicken or lamb, which is grilled on a skewer and then placed on a slice of flatbread. It is then stuffed with tomatoes, onions, and yogurt or tahini sauce and usually served as street food. Shawarma can also be filled with other ingredients such as cheese, mashed potatoes, and other sauces and sauces, depending on personal preferences. It is a popular and convenient dish in Qatar and in many other countries of the Middle East.
Hareira is a traditional Arabic soup made from lamb, lentils and spices that is very popular in Qatar and other Arab countries. It is a simple and wholesome dish that is usually served as a main course or as an accompaniment to a larger meal. The soup is usually prepared with lamb, lentils, onions, tomatoes, spices and chopped coriander. It can also be enriched with other ingredients such as potatoes or pasta. Hareira is a very nutritious and easily digestible dish that is often eaten in Qatar and other Arab countries by the elderly and people who are sick. It is also often eaten during the fasting month of Ramadan.
Luqaimat (also written as Lugaimat or Al-Luqaimat) is a traditional Arabic sweet from Qatar and other Gulf states. It is a type of small dough balls made from flour, butter, honey and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon. The balls are then fried in clean oil until golden brown and crispy. Luqaimat is usually served as a dessert or as a snack with tea or coffee and is especially popular during celebrations such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It has a sweet and slightly caramelized taste and a soft and sticky texture.
"Stuffed vegetables" is a dish in which vegetables are hollowed out and then filled with a mixture of meat, grain, cheese or other ingredients before being cooked. This dish can be found in many different cuisines around the world and can be made with a variety of vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini and cabbage leaves. The filling mixture can vary depending on the recipe, but often contains ingredients such as minced meat, rice, breadcrumbs, herbs and spices. The stuffed vegetables can be baked, steamed or fried and are often served as a main course or side dish.
Qatar also serves traditional desserts such as:
Luqaimat: A sweet dumpling made of flour, butter, honey and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon.
Balaleet: A sweet vermicelli pudding made from milk, sugar, saffron and cardamom.
Hareesa: A sweet porridge made from semolina, milk, sugar and nuts.
Qatayef: A deep-fried or baked sweet dumpling filled with cheese or nuts traditionally served during Ramadan.
Stuffed dates: Dates filled with nuts or cream and often coated with honey.
Umm Ali: A sweet bread pudding made from puff pastry, milk, whipped cream and nuts.
Qamar Al-Din: A sweet apricot pudding made from dried apricots, sugar and milk.
These are just a few examples and there are many other traditional desserts enjoyed in Qatar. They are usually made from ingredients such as milk, honey, nuts and dried fruit and seasoned with saffron, cardamom and other fragrant spices.
Qatar has a number of traditional drinks, including:
Qahwa: A strong, Arabic coffee often seasoned with cardamom and other spices.
Laban: A sweet, sour milk drink made from yogurt or sour cream.
Jallab: A sweet, syrup-like drink made from dates, raisins, nuts and spices such as cinnamon and rose water.
Karak: A strong tea often served with milk and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon.
Aryan: A traditional type of yogurt drink made from sour milk and often mixed with water and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon.
Camel Milk: Camel milk is a popular choice in Qatar and is often referred to as a healthy beverage.
Coconut Water: Coconut water is a popular soft drink and is often sold in natural form or as a soda.
These are just a few examples and there are many other traditional drinks enjoyed in Qatar. Many of these drinks are often made with spices and natural ingredients such as dates, nuts, milk and honey, and have a particularly strong and unique taste.