Qatari cuisine

Qatari cuisine is made up of traditional Arab cuisine.[1] It is also largely influenced by Iranian and Indian cuisine. 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

Kabsa, also known as machboos, machbūs, or machbous

Qatari Machbous

Rice, meat, onions, and tomatoes mixed with spices. This dish is the local variation of kabsa.


Main article: 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

Main article: Arabic coffee

Coffee brewed from dark roast coffee beans spiced with cardamom. It is often sweetened and/or served with dates.

Qahwa helw

Qahwa helw, 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

A refreshing drink flavoured with mint and lemon.




Main article: Hummus

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

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

Cheesecake topped with cream.[3]


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


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  2. "Culture of Qatar". Hilal Plaza. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
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  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.
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