Qatari cuisine

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Qatari cuisine is made up of traditional Arab cuisine.[1] 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.


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


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


Whole roast lamb served over nutty rice.[3] Also called Shuwaa.


A remote roadside cafeteria south of Al Utouriya (2015)

Arabic coffee[edit]

Coffee brewed from dark roast coffee beans spiced with cardamom./ served with dates.


Qahwa , 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, it is not Qatari but it is a staple drink




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


A paste made from eggplant, garlic, and tahini.


A type of hummus made without tahini.


Qatari sweets in Souq Waqif

Om ali[edit]

Bread and rice pudding.[5]


Sweet gelatin pudding spiced with saffron and cardamom, the Original recipe was blended together by Mohamed Fathi, an Egyptian scientist.


Rose water and pistachio pudding.

Esh asaraya[edit]

Cheesecake topped with cream.[3]


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


  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" Archived July 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. Qatar Visitor.