Emirati Cuisine is the local traditional Arabic cuisine of the United Arabic Emirates. The United Arab Emirates is a multicultural country, that is inclusive and tolerant. We have a wide range of choices here, for food from different cultures and cuisines. But, you must try the traditional Emirati cuisine that has many lovely dishes which can nourish you as well as satisfy your tastebuds. The UAE is beautiful, humanitarian, sustainable, and most importantly innovative. It’s a blessing to live here and moreover, to be a part of the celebrations of the 50th National day of this magnificent country on the 2nd of December.
Let us explore the cuisine of the UAE. I have listed down some nutritious and delicious Emirati/Arabic dishes along with what they are made of.
Harees: Made of whole wheat kernels, meat/ chicken, salt to taste, and spices. It has a pudding-like texture.
Fattoush: A salad, made of fresh lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped parsley, cucumbers, mint leaves, onion, garlic, lemon, fried/baked pita bread pieces, salt to taste, spices, and olive oil.
Hummus: A delicious spread/dip made of chickpeas, tahini (a paste made from sesame seeds ), freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, garlic cloves, and salt to taste.
Tharid: A slow-cooked stew, made of chicken/ lamb, vegetables (such as potatoes, onion, tomatoes, marrow, pumpkin) spices, olive oil, and salt to taste. It is served on top of traditional Emirati bread. It can also be made with only vegetables.
Kousa Mahshi: Squash or zucchini stuffed with rice and sometimes meat and cooked on the stovetop or in the oven. Made of onion, rice, tomato broth, zucchini, spices, minced meat(optional).
These are a few among the numerous delectable Emirati dishes. Do try them to enjoy authentic Arabic cuisine.