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Five food to try in Abu Dhabi – Feast on these delectable delicacies

The food in Abu Dhabi is delicious and unique. Rooted in Middle-Eastern roots the cuisine features a range of meats, vegetables and grains deliciously spiced in a plethora of aromatics and spices. For what it's worth try these at least!



This simple dish is made of wheat, chicken and salt. Although the ingredients are minimal, they are simmered for a long time! The dish makes its appearance in traditional festivities such as Ramadan and weddings. Ground-up wheat is added into a large clay pot, along with ground chicken and salt. It is then covered and cooked until the wheat and the chicken meat has merged into one mixture. It is served with a dollop of ghee for a filling meal.



This is a famous dish eaten in the Middle -East. It consists of meat and a range of vegetables. The meat is first boiled with onions and a medley of vegetables is added to it. The most common vegetables used include bell peppers, eggplant, okra, and courgettes. It is further flavoured with tomato paste and spices such as saffron, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, dried lemon, rose water and black pepper.



This is a simple meat and rice dish. The most commonly used protein is chicken. The meat gets cooked with water and a host of spices, such as cardamom, cinnamon, and Carmon seeds. The mixture is then enhanced with plenty of fried onions and a host of vegetables, such as potatoes, green peppers, and tomatoes. This concoction is simmered for a long time for the flavours to develop. It is then followed by adding saffron and a layer of rice. The pot is then covered and placed in the oven for another ten minutes.



Seafood is one of the staples in the cuisine of the Emirati. Madrooba is a well-loved seafood dish made using salt-cured fish, known as 'maleh', which happens to be a local delicacy. The fish is first rinsed to remove some of the salt. Then it is cooked in a water and spice blend similar to the other dishes. Once the flavours have developed, flour is gradually added to the pot to create a thick sauce. The sauce is very tasty and savoury. The yummy stew is served with a helping of ghee and is usually accompanied by a flatbread called 'raqaq'.



Is a delicious dessert that is sometimes eaten at various times of the day and served in top restaurants in Abu Dhabi to street-side bazaars. It is essentially a fried dough ball, blended with aromatics such as rose water and saffron. Another variant is covered in sesame seeds for added texture and fried. These soft and spongy balls are submerged right off the oil into a thick date syrup. The dough balls act like sponges and draw in the sweet and sticky syrup. Every bite will be infused with delicious spices and the caramelly date syrup. A dessert like no other! If looking for accommodation the likes of Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas are filled with great places to eat as well.