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A Foodie’s Guide to UAE Cuisine [Part 2]

Middle Eastern cuisine is known for being a healthy alternative to the type of food usually consumed in most parts of Europe, North America, and Asia. It’s well-balanced and doesn’t set the gut on fire with an overload of spices or grease.

In part one of this blog series, we looked at a few popular dishes for you to try in the UAE. Here are a few more additions to that list.

Al Harees

For a taste of traditional Middle Eastern Cuisine, you’ve got to try al harees. A labor of love, this dish is prepared after several hours of cooking and commitment, resulting in a decadent porridge-like consistency that’s packed with flavors.

Despite its long prep time, the ingredients used to prepare al harees are quite simple. All you need to do is add salt and some water wheat and let it cook for a few hours. Next, meat is added to the mixture and it’s baked together till you can’t tell apart the grain from the meat. Once the texture is smooth and consistent, the dish is ready to be served.

Al harees is a refreshing change from the other spicy Middle Eastern foods you’d typically find in the Emirates. It’s especially popular during the holy month of Ramadan.  

Khuzi

If a whole stuffed camel is a bit too much for your stomach, try a whole roasted lamb instead. This Bedouin dish, also known as khuzi or guzi, is yet another delicacy saved for special occasions and feasts. A whole roasted lamb or goat is served on top of a platter of rice, alongside fresh vegetables and nuts.

You’ll find khuzi as a centerpiece during buffets and feasts. You can even order the dish at a few restaurants, where the dish may be served in smaller portions.

Tabbouleh

While the Middle Eastern cuisine is largely based on a carnivorous diet, you can find some decent vegetarian options here as well. If you want to take a break from all those meaty dishes, go for a serving of tabbouleh, a light vegetarian dish.

If you want to take a break from all those meaty dishes, go for a serving of tabbouleh, a light vegetarian dish.

The salad-like dish is made using a bunch of fresh vegetables. To give it that distinctive Middle Eastern touch, it’s seasoned with plenty of fresh mint, parsley, and lemon juice. On a hot day in the Emirates, it’s the perfect light meal to munch on for lunch or dinner.

And, there you go! You’ve got a bunch of yummy foods to try once you relocate to the UAE. Happy dining!

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