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Must try Emirati Dishes in Middle Eastern Cuisine – food buff’s essential guide

Like Indian food, Emirati dishes are rich in spices. Such Arabic cuisine offers a unique insight into local culture as well. Try out the following as part of your gastronomic journey of discovery.

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Stuffed Camel

Stuffed Camel

You cannot certainly have this dish anywhere else in the world. Stuffed Camel is that much unique to United Arab Emirates. This dish made entry to the Guinness Book of World Records as well for being one huge dish in the world.

Stuffed Camel usually comes along with one lamb, 20 chickens, boiled eggs, fish and rice in addition to the whole camel body. The camel is stuffed with these ingredients before cooking. Roasted camel along with other nutritious ingredients will give you a memorable experience.

As the dish is somewhat expensive, elite Arabic families take pride to serve it in important functions such as wedding ceremonies.

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Al Harees

Al Harees

Quite known for its out-of-the-ordinary feel and taste, Al Harees is mostly meat and wheat. Although only a few ingredients are encompassed, it requires a longer period of cooking. First, the wheat and meat are cooked in the boiling water with a bit of salt. This takes hours until it turns out to be a paste, which should be cooked a little more. Afterwards, it is left overnight in a clay pot over coal. Adding other spices depends on what your taste-buds crave for. This is served in plates with a ghee topping. This is yet another cuisine you must not miss at the Emiratican kitchen.

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Shawarma

Shawarma

Shawarma is made out of either lamb or chicken. This dish comes along with garlic sauce, pickles, fries and tomatoes. Although somewhat similar to kebab in taste, preparation methods vary at times. It is the Emiratican practice to consume shawarma along with a fruit juice which is strawberry and banana. Billed as the most eaten cuisine, Shawarma’s fame never seems fade away. It is not only widely eaten in Emirates, but in most Asian countries as well. Taste a bit, and you will feel heaven on earth. If you are looking for a place to enjoy such a traditional dish consider dining and staying at Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara.

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Al Machboos

Al Machboos

Another popular dish in UAE, Al Machboos is especially the choice in the gulf. It is cooked with a host of ingredients such as onion, dry lemon, meat, rice, salt and spices. All these ingredients have to be cooked thoroughly until it turns out to be tender. In the next stage, meat has to be separated for rice to be added in remaining mixture. Once the mixture is cooked well, the meat will be added again. The final cooking session will last about two hours. Also known as Khabsa, this very much traditional in Saudi Arabia. This is available at most luxury hotels Abu Dhabi has to offer.

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Khabees

Khabees

This dish is traditionally consumed for breakfast, especially during the Eid period. Made out of flour and oil, Khabees is an Arabian sweet dish commonly found in UAE and Kuwait.

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Falafel

Falafel

Falafel is commonly seen any Middle Eastern country. These balls are fried deep and served in pita. It could also be seen as a sandwich. The falafel balls are finished with greens, salted vegetables, hot sauce, and sprinkled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls might additionally be consumed alone as a nibble or served as a feature of a meze (tidbits).