Qatar Machboos – Cuisine that you will crave for – Prep up your taste buds!

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Thinking of foods from around the world is sure to tickle that foodie side of you! Here’s an insight on one of the most amazing foods from the middle east, it’s none other than Machboos from Doha Qatar. Read on to find out these yummy details.

Machboos | Image By -  Miansari66 [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons
Machboos | Image By – Miansari66 [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons

All about the dish

Machboos is the national food of Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait. The highlights of this amazing dish are the richly seasoned rice with scrumptious pieces of meat. This delicacy is somewhat similar to Biriyani. The Qataris may also call it ‘Kabsa’. Meats such as camel, chicken, beef, shrimp and goat can be used to prepare Machboos.

Preparing the dish

The time it takes in total to cook this delicious meal is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. The meat is fried until it becomes golden brown with a bit of oil on low heat. There is a special spice mixture in which the meat is to be seasoned before frying. The rice is boiled in chicken broth with a few spices added in as well.

The aromatic spices

Baharat is one of the unique Arabian spices used for most Arabian dishes. This is the key ingredient that brings out the flavour in Machboos! This spice mixture can vary from shop to shop, but the typical ingredients would be black pepper, paprika, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg.

Where to find Machboos

Since this is the national dish in most middle east countries, you may find the delicacy served at all hotels in Doha Qatar for example, hotels like Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels. You may also find the delicacy in tiny eateries in small towns.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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