Top 10 Traditional Saudi Dishes you must try while living in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian food has gained popularity all over the world. The Saudi food is delicious and tempting. Those who eat once, always have a desire to eat it again. That is the very reason why you can find Saudi food in various countries now.  

A Saudi dish is a blend of a variety of ingredients most commonly wheat, rice as well as lamb, chicken along with yogurt, potatoes and of course dates. The Saudi dishes incorporate a variety of spices that is eventually the key to great flavor and taste.

The delicious and tasty Saudi dishes are served at parties, events, and weddings as well! Listed below are few of the popular and amazing Saudi dishes that are must to try!

So if you are in Saudi Arabia, mark them as your nest meals and if you are planning to visit the kingdom, do try these dishes otherwise you trip would be tasteless!

1-Mandi / مندي: Mandi is one of the traditional Saudi dishes that are too tasty to be missed. Mandi is a very common dish that is served quietly often around the kingdom! It is definitely a must to try dish!

2-Kabsa كبسه: Kabsa is a great Saudi Arabian dish that is made out of rice. This dish is made by the combination of rice, meat, vegetable, and spices! Sounds great nah? It tastes even greater! We have already published the recipe to make Saudi Kabsah.

3-Roz Bukhari / رز البخاري: Bukhari Rice is also commonly known as Ruz al Bukhari has the Afghani origin. It is such a common, tasty and traditional food that it can easily be found in any Saudi restaurant! 

This rice dish is basically served with the roast chicken. Yet it is equally amazing if served with the spicy tomato sauce, chopped fresh salad and assembled with fried potato cubes. Grab a plate of Roz Bukhari whenever you visit SA!

4-Mutabbaq / مطبّق: Mutabbaq is the favorite for Saudis! Not only it has gained popularity among the south of Saudi Arabia, yet it is now being served with great zeal and zest in Yemen, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Thailand.

It is a dish, rich in taste and ingredients. It is made through combinations of the Kabsa as well as Jereesh, and Gursan. It can be taken as an appetizer, side meals or even snacks. And believe me choosing it as an option is great!

5-Ferek: A plate filled with Ferek in winters is all that you would want once you try it! It is indeed a perfect winter treat!  It is made by brown onion paste added with spices and sweet.  Due to the addition of spices, it holds a great taste and it is not that much sweet like Hainini.

6-Saleek / سليق: Saleek is another specialty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a dish one can never resist and can never get bored off!

It holds rich ingredients like whole chicken, ginger, garlic as well as salt, pepper, red chilli, paprika and cumin and coriander powder. If you haven’t tried Saleek, you definitely not know what great and tasty food actually taste and looks like!

7-Jereesh / جريش: Jereesh is also pronounced as Harees. This dish is one of the best dishes of Saudi Arabia that is the favorite dish of most people in Saudi Arabia.

The rich in taste dish is prepared with a combination of boiled as well as cracked or coarsely-ground wheat that is finely mixed with meat.

The Arabian countries of Persian Gulf consume it heavily in the month of Ramadan. There are varieties of cooking methods for Harees which are equally tasty. Try to serve the Harees which is beautifully decorated with parsle.

8-Arekah: Arekah is a common dish among Saudis which is widely consumed in breakfast. It is a healthy and delicious food item that was prepared to strengthen the people during difficult days of life. Now the dish has become one of the most favorite dishes of Saudi Arabia.

This dish is very much in demand among the people in the breakfast meal. The dish has originated from southern Arabia yet is now consumed all over the kingdom. Not only its name is interesting, yet it would be a perfect treat to have a platter of Arekah!

9-Margoog / مرقوق: Margoog is another tasty and famous food Saudi Arabia. The dish has a texture of soup that contains meat complimented with vegetables and a certain type of flour paste.

The flour used is the one made out of wheat grains. The dish is extremely healthy as it has a significant amount of dietary fibers and vitamins! It is indeed a healthy delight! It is traditional dish item that has been originated from Najd region.

10-Mofatah: Mofatah is one of the tastiest and most favorite dishes around Saudi Arabia. It is also known as Kabsa. The dish is made out of a sheep. As it is difficult to be made at home, it is served on special occasions and events with great pride!

As the dish is in great demand, now some of the restaurants do offer the service of cooking this dish for the people on a provision of sheep by the one who orders its cooking.

11-Maqluba / مقلوبة: Maqluba has now turned out to be one of most famous foods of the Saudi Arabia and places around. The dish has gained popularity in countries like Syria, Palestine and Lebanon. The dish is a traditional dish originated from Levant.

 This dish is made out through a combination of meat and rice complemented with fried vegetables beautifully places in a pot. The meat of chicken and lamb is used for its preparation while it is served with tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, and eggplant.

12-Shakshouka / شكشوكة: Shakshouka or alternatively known as shakshuka is another traditional and famous dish of Saudi Arabia. The basic ingredient of the dish is an egg. The eggs are poached in the sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers and onions to give it a great and new taste.

Also to add more flavors artichoke hearts, potatoes, and broad beans are added to the dish. The dish is quite famous among the Middle Eastern countries and the Maghreb.

13-Mahela: Quiet heard of Mahela in Saudi Arabia? Well, Mahela is one of the top famous dishes of Saudi Arabia. This dish has now gained popularity in Syria, Palestine and Lebanon.

The dish is popularly served at home parties, major events, and even weddings! It would take an hour to make out a delicious platter of Mahela. Make sure to add spices and Mahela is incomplete without spices!

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