There is a wide variety of food in Qatar no matter how limited is the country’s agriculture. You can see the effects of Indian, Iranian, the Levant and North African cuisine in Qatar. In Qatari tradition, main dish is usually accompanied by some side dishes such as vegetables and salad. We can say that if you are a tourist, your cultural experience will be completed as soon as you will try the authentic Qatari cuisine.
It is a blend of tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, onions, and beans with either chicken or lamb. Some tourists identify the dish with a pot of stew. You will also find pieces of soaked bread at the bottom of the dish.
Machboos is a popular Qatari dish, which is often cooked in any Qatari home. It is spiced rice, cooked with chicken, lamb, goat, beef, shrimp or fish. If you are lucky enough to eat it in a family home, Machboos will be one of you favorite food.
Harees is one of the most favorite dishes of Qatari people. It is usually cookes in Ramadan or festive events. It is a mixture of boiled, cracked or coarsely ground wheat with lamb or chicken meat. Sometimes, Qatari people use both lamb and chicken meat in the dish at the same time.
Balaleet can be considered as a breakfast dish or a dessert. It can be eaten hot or cold. It is sweet and savory and crunchy due to the nuts inside it.
It is a pudding dessert dish made from milk and ground rice. In Qatari cuisine, it is sometimes infused with rose water or orange blossom for added taste. Since mehalabbiya is a light dessert, it is always good to eat it to end your dinner.