Popular dishes to try in Ramadan

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Popular dishes to try in Ramadan https://www.visitdubai.com/en/articles/popular-ramadan-foods 20170119T171853 20190917T160354:637043330343453930 Restaurants Food plays a central role during Ramadan when friends and family come together over a wholesome spread every evening. Light breakfast bites decorate the table at Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, while hearty traditional dishes help break the fast at Iftar. There's no time like now to explore the region’s rich culinary heritage, starting with this list of quintessential dishes to try in Ramadan. Check out these quintessential dishes to try during Ramadan.

Sweet or savoury – sample these essential treats


Food plays a central role during Ramadan, when friends and family come together over a wholesome spread every evening. Light breakfast bites decorate the table at Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, while hearty traditional dishes help break the fast at Iftar. There's no better time to explore the region’s rich culinary heritage, starting with this list of quintessential dishes to try in Ramadan.



sweet or saboury

Harees


This ancient Arabic dish is a Ramadan staple in the UAE, and often serves as the heart of the meal. Dating back to the 10th century, harees consists of mashed wheat mixed with meat – a cooking technique that spread to South Asia (haleem) and even Armenia (harissa). It’s a wholesome meal full of protein, fibre and nutrients that makes it the perfect dish to eat at the end of a long fast.


Try it at:
Al Hadheerah, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa,
+971 4 809 6194



Lamb tagine


Originally a Morrocan dish, lamb tagine is a slow-cooked melange of spices and seasonings that make it rich in flavour. Dried apricots, dates, ginger, cinnamon and saffron – the stew comprises many sweet and savoury ingredients that inspire its heavenly aroma. If this tangy dish is up your alley, we would also recommend trying lamb thereed. This Bedouin stew is a mélange of simmered pumpkin, potatoes, tomatoes and marrow, generously seasoned with local spices. Both are filling meals you’ll find on offer at Iftars across town.


Try it at:
Al Bahou, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate,
+971 4 444 5613



Lamb Tagine

Machboos


Machboos is a traditional dish in the Gulf that is hugely popular in the UAE. Similar to biryani, a staple meal in the Indian subcontinent, machboos is made with basmati rice that’s slow-cooked with an aromatic array of spices and accompanied by seasoned chicken, lamb or seafood. This is much like chicken fouga, which features slow-cooked meat with bezar spice, saffron and dry lime for a tangy taste.


Try it at:
Arabian Tea House, Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai,
+971 4 353 5071



Samboosa


Much like the sub-continental 'samosa', samboosa is a fried triangular treat, which you can stuff with vegetables, cheese, meats and other mixtures. Samboosas make for a great snack at Iftar – a light segue into some of the heavier meals listed here. Crunchy on the outside and flavourful on the inside, it’s a savoury treat that always satisfies.


Try it at: Cinemajlis, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz



Samboosa

Aishu laham


This piquant dish is an indisputable Iftar favourite. Satisfying in both taste and fill, Aishu laham is a combination of rice and lamb mixed with ginger, ground cinnamon, saffron, garlic and dried lemon. It can be served with a side of cooked lentils or yoghurt to balance the carnival of flavours, making it perfect for people with a low spice tolerance.


Try it at:
Seven Sands, The Beach at JBR,
+971 4 551 6652



Aseeda bobar


Simple yet incredibly rich in taste, aseeda bobar is a dessert that has been passed down many generations. Cooked flour, pumpkin, cardamom, saffron and sugar come together to create a sweet purée that makes for the perfect post-dinner palate cleanser.


Try it at:
Al Fanar, Dubai Festival City Mall,
+971 4 232 9966



Aseeda bobar

Kunafa


No Ramadan dessert spread is complete without kunafa. Made with a fine, noodle-like pastry, doused in sugary syrup and served with a layer of soft white cheese, this dish is kryptonite for anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s crunchy, creamy and chewy all at once, which makes it a delight to eat. Want to keep indulging your sweet tooth? Take a look at our guide to Arabic sweets.


Try it at:
Al Fanous Lounge, Dubai Ballroom, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai,
+971 4 414 3000


Khabeesa


Another must-try dessert during Ramadan is khabeesa, a sweet dish loved across the Arab world. Like harees, the recipe for khabeesa has been passed down over centuries. It is made using roasted flour, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), cardamom, rose water and saffron – a blend that exudes an irresistible perfume. Khabeesa has porridge-like consistency and is garnished with pistachios, almonds or coconut depending on the chef’s preference.


Try it at:
Asateer Tent, Atlantis The Palm,
+971 4 426 0800



khabeesa

Dates


No Ramadan food list is complete without dates. Muslims use dates to break their fast at sunset, an Islamic tradition set by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The fruit provides an immediate dose of sugar, essential nutrients and vitamins, and aids in digestion – necessary elements after a day of fasting. Restaurants and tents around the city serve dates right before Iftar, which means you can sample all the different varieties throughout the month.


Try it at:
SMCCU Iftar, Al Fahidi Historical District,
+971 4 353 6666


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