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Traditional Dishes
 

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A few popular Saudi Arabian dishes that are ubiquitous in the region, and serve as unique diet staples for all social and economic segments of the Saudi society. The most common types of food and beverages are, Kabsa, Qurs​an, Mtaziz, Motabbaq, Masoob, Mandi, Arikah, Assidah, Haneedh, and many other local dishes.​​

There are various cuisines for all regions of the Kingdom. Most of these dishes carry healthy nutritional benefits and are rich in calories to give the body strength to work. Usually women are responsible for cooking the food in their homes. However, traditional restaurants have spread widely and you can taste any of these foods any time you like. The ingredients depend on the resources of the local environment.

Due to the large number of expatriates in the Kingdom, the circumstances required the emergence of a number of restaurants that have contributed to the introduction of some Arab and Asian dishes to the Saudi table. In addition to the spread of many Eastern and Western restaurants in the Kingdom, Western-style cafes are available offering hot and cold beverages and all kinds of Western, Arabic and international types of coffee, in addition to various other hot drinks.


    • It is one of the most famous traditional cuisine and consisting of mainly wheat. It is prepared by expert women only to perfection. This is done by cutting the dough into...
    • It is one of the best known dishes in the Makkah region, and as of now, it has become a widespread traditional dish in the province. It consists of small discs of wheat...
      Al-Ma’soub
    • It is a mixture of meat, brown flour and broth. First the brown flour is kneaded into dough then cut into small discs and baked, then smashed in a broth. Then, the meat...
      Al-Makhmou’ah
    • It is one of the most famous cuisines in the province of Al Baha. It is known in most of the southern regions of the Kingdom and also in many parts of the world. It is...
    • The opophytum is one of the desert plants that rely on rain waters. And almost can be seen only in the Northern Borders Province. Its seeds are soaked and ground, and...
      (Al-Samh) Cuisines
    • It is similar to Kabsah and consisted of Al-Taman red and white rice, which is brought from Iraq. Because it is rare to provide meat, the ghee or dates syrup can...
      Al-Luqaimi and Al-Milaihi
    • It is one of the most famous traditional cuisines in Qassim and it consists of mainly wheat. Usually, it is made perfect only by expert women. It is made by...
    • It is prepared by baking small loaves that are made from semi-hard wheat flour, on hot charcoal or in the ovens. Then, some ghee and honey, or dates syrup...
      Al-Maqshoush
    • It is made of sheep meat and animal fat. It is more like (Al-Qadid) and (Al-Muqalqal). It is especially made of the meat of sacrifice (a sheep slaughtered during...
      Al-Mahshoush
    • It is made of wheat flour which is being baked in a container. Then, it is pressed by hands and formed into a ball. It is Then put inside a container made of palm...
    • Al-Sileeq is one of the traditional dishes in the coastal cities, especially during special occasions. It is prepared by boiling the meat and taking it out when it is done...
    • Again the main constituent is wheat. It contains pieces of dough, meat, margarine, spices, and vegetables, like pumpkin and eggplant. The dough pieces are pierced to go...
    • It is another most popular dish in the region. Actually it is a pie stuffed with minced meat, minced leeks, and eggs. Such mixture is put into the flattened dough to be...
    • It is made of barley flour. Barley is harvested while it is not yet ripe and color between green and yellow. Barley dough is kneaded in a bowl and then cooked. When this...
    • Sometimes called as “Al-Dahalis”, and it is a popular dish in Baha Province. It is more like Marqouq, and is often used with (Al-Siqlah) or (Al-Qurras), which are two...
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