Muffins recipes

National dish of Qatar

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  • Independence: 3. 9. 1971
  • Capital: Doha
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Population: 1 903 447
  • Area: 11 571 km2
  • International code: QA
  • Currency: Riyal (QAR)
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  • 1 kg lamb or 1 kg chicken, on the bone
  • 1 kg whole wheat (called 'habb harees' ) or 1 kg pearled durham wheat (called 'habb harees' )
  • 150 g ghee (or traditional samen)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • water, as needed

Extras Option 1:

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons roasted ground cumin

Extras Option 2:

  • 3-4 whole bruised cardamom pods

Extras Option 3:

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sugar
Harees is national food (dish) of Qatar


Soak wheat overnight in plenty of water. In a large pot, place pre-soaked & drained wheat, add 1 & 3/4 litre of water & boil until the wheat is beginning to fluff up & soften - skim off any foam or skummy bits on the surface! Soak the lamb / chicken in plenty of lightly salted water whilst the wheat is cooking. When the wheat is fluffy, rinse & drain the meat. In a large, heavy bottomed pot (or special harees pot), place the wheat & the meat with a little salt & pepper and enough water to come about 5cm above the wheat & meat. Cover with a tight fitting lid - you can place a damp cloth or aluminium foil over the pot & then place the lid over that of the lid is not a tight fit. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & cook on a very low heat for 3 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally & skim-off froth or fat on the surface. Once the wheat is very soft & has lost it's shape & most of the water has been absorbed, remove from heat & allow to cool a little, then remove any bones & grissle. (If all the water has been absobed add about 3/4 cup - 1 cup of boiling water - if there is too much water but the wheat is cooked, ladle out the excess water.) Shred the lamb or chicken if any larger pieces remain - there shouldn't really be any as almost all of it will have 'melted' into the wheat. Now begin whipping the wheat & meat until it forms a homogenous, slightly elastic, pastelike consistency - add a little salted boiling water to thin it down if required. Use a large wooden spoon, or pound it with a wooden rolling pin to get the desired consistency. You could also pulse it in a food processor or use an immersion blender but if you are lucky enough, you might have a medhrab which is specially for harees. Check the seasoning & re-season if desired. Transfer to a warmed serving pot, cover & keep warm. Place the ghee in a pan & season to taste with salt & pepper (& any of the spices listed below). Gently warm the ghee & mix well. Pour the seasoned ghee over the harees & serve immediately. N.B : You can serve the harees with 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon & 2 tsp roasted ground cumin seeds, or 3-4 whole bruised cardamom pods added to the ghee (remove the podes before serving!). You can also serve harees with plenty of sugar & cinnamon.


Qatar is an exceptional place to illustrate all types of Gulf and Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as Iranian and Turkish. For the reason that the workday starts in the early hours, breakfast is frequently served at about six o’clock ante meridian. It is easy, made of olives, cheese, yoghurt and coffee. But lunch is the main meal of the day. People eat after one o’clock post meridian; lunch regularly begins with appetizers, followed by fish or Lamb stew, salads, cooked vegetables, bread and fruit. Dinner is served late in the evening and is more often than not light, with the exception of Ramadan and on particular occasions. Local plates consist of matchbous which is spiced Lamb with rice, hareis which is prepared by slow-cooked Wheat and tender Lamb and seafood eaten with seasoned rice. Qatar cuisine also contains especially desserts including "Khabees" which a sessert prepared by using semoolina, rosewater, cardommom, saffron, nuts and dates. As well as "Aseeda", "Lugaymat" ( dumplings fried in deep oil and sweetened using honey or sugar syrup). Desserts are normally enjoyed with a cup of Arabic coffee.Muslim Qatari never eats Pork. They eat halal meat, which has been expressly prepared by the slaughter according to Muslim laws.

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