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05 Traditional Qatari Cuisines that Everyone Loves – Not to be missed

Travelling the world isn't just about sightseeing; it is incomplete without exploring the local cuisine at the places you visit. Try these dishes for a great experience in Qatar.



Machboos, or Kabsa should be number one on your list of foods to try in Qatar. This is a favourite, loved by people all across the country, and anyone who visits. This is similar to a biriyani, it is a rice based dish deliciously slow cooked with a meat and a selection of spices. This dish isn't limited to one particular meat, you can find Machboos with almost all the popular types of meat that you may crave. Lemon juice and rose water sprinkled on top give the whole dish a fragrant aroma, that will have your mouth watering. The local cuisine is so good you should make sure to stay at a hotel like Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, as many hotels serve delicious and varying local dishes.



Tharid, or Thareed, is a rich and flavourful dish, which is extremely popular in most Emirati countries, especially during the month of Ramadan, or the holy month. The dish is a type of stew, often with chicken or lamb, with a mix of vegetables like carrots, peas, beans and onions, as well as potatoes. The dish includes a range of amazing spices that will leave you craving more. At the bottom of the stew you will find pieces of bread, with which to eat it. If you are a foodie, this is a dish you must order from Doha restaurants that you visit.



This one is for all the sweet tooth's looking for something decadent to snack on. These Middle- Eastern favourites are a sort of dessert dumpling, also most popular during the month of Ramadan. The fried balls of dough are crunchy and light, especially if made by a veteran in preparing this popular dish. The sweetness comes from the syrup with which it is coated, and in typical Middle Eastern style, this is a date syrup, though if you are making it yourself you can opt for maple syrup or honey.



This is a Middle Eastern dish that has found fame across the globe. It is often eaten as a street food in Qatar, though as of recent some of the more creative restaurants will serve you exciting reinventions of this dish. Crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside, this fantastic treat is made up of chickpeas and/ or fava beans, together with other ingredients such as garlic, onion, spices and parsley. Falafels are usually fried, though more health conscious foodies can look for versions of this dish that have been baked. Especially if you haven't enjoyed falafels before, this something you must try in Qatar.



This dish will be a favourite among those who are committed to eating healthy, as it is high in fibre and packed with healthy and delicious vegetables like zucchini, tomato, eggplant and potato. Tenderized meat adds to making it a fantastic dish. It is like a soup or a stew, with a flatbread often cooked on top of the dish, almost like a pie, which absorbs the liquids and is packed with rich flavours. This is a dish you must try if you are looking to experience the authentic flavours of Qatar.