Take a look at some of the most popular eats and treats Qatar has to offer!
This traditional stew of lamb or fish is flavoured with baharat (a spice mix made from cardamom seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon and paprika) and served with rice. Machbous is usually presented in a large dish and eaten communally.
Umm Ali is the Middle Eastern equivalent of bread and butter pudding, with the key difference being that it’s made with puff pastry rather than bread. It usually incorporates almonds, pistachios and pine nuts, although some recipes also list desiccated coconut among the ingredients. The puff pastry is cooked before being layered with the nuts, flavourings and vanilla infused milk. It’s then cooked again and served warm.
This traditional Qatar dip is similar to baba ganoush in that aubergine is the main ingredient. The aubergine is blended with olive oil, tahini, salt, chilli, garlic and pepper and is typically served with flatbread.
It has long been a tradition in Qatar for coffee to be served on every occasion, and the beverage is considered a symbol of hospitality, purity and generosity. Arabian coffee is strong and of a very high quality so it is usually served in small cups. Dates are often served as an accompaniment.
Stuffed vine leaves are known as dolma in Greece and Warak Enab in Qatar, both variations involve similar ingredients/cooking processes. To make Warak Enab grape leaves are stuffed with seasoned meat, vegetables or rice and steamed. They can be served hot or cold as either a starter or part of a main meal.
This rich desert resembles a set custard and is flavoured with pistachio and rose water. It can be served warm or chilled.
All meat eaten in Qatar is Halal, meaning that it is prepared according to Muslim law. Lamb and mutton are the most popular meats eaten in the region, but seafood is also a hugely important part of local cuisine. Lobster, crab, shrimp, tuna, kingfish and red snapper feature in many Qatari dishes.
As one of the most famous of Middle Eastern foods hummus, or hummus bi tahine, has come to grace the tables of homes and restaurants across the world, but if you’re ever in Qatar you should make an effort to try the real deal. Traditional Middle Eastern Hummus is smooth, flavoured with fresh lemon juice and garlic and seasoned with paprika and olive oil before serving. Enjoy with warm flatbreads and tabboule for a true taste of Qatar.