10 Typical Dubai Foods that are Rich in Flavor and Full of Spices

10 Typical Dubai Foods that are Rich in Flavor and Full of Spices, UEA

Famous for its Burj Khalifa Dubai does have an attraction that is internationally renowned for its architectural beauty. Not only the building, Dubai, which is part of the United Arab Emirates, is famous among tourists with thick pockets because it has tourist attractions that offer a variety of luxuries.

In addition, Dubai also has many interesting things, such as food. Dubai specialties are a mix of various other cuisines such as Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. This country has a lot to offer. Not only delicious, but the dishes are also healthy. Known to have many restaurants and classy chefs, here are Dubai specialties that you can try.

  1. Stuffed Camel

This is a food that is included in the Guinness World Book of Records. It is one of the largest edible foods in the world. Stuffed camel or stuffed camel is considered one of the most luxurious foods at celebrations in Dubai.

This stuffed camel can be stuffed with eggs, chicken, lamb, fish, and spices and cooked over an open fire. In Dubai, stuffed camel is still considered a traditional food, but because it is too luxurious, stuffed camel is only served during special events, such as Bedouin ceremonies, festivals, or other important cultural or family events.

  1. Baleelate

This Dubai specialty is a mix of sweet and salty elements. Baleelat is a breakfast menu made from omelets and vermicelli. For taste, add cinnamon, sugar, cardamom, turmeric, orange blossom, or rose water. Then the spices are added to the sweet vermicelli and then topped with a thin omelet.

At the same time, baleelat can be used as a breakfast food as well as a dessert. This food has always been part of the menu for iftar and Eid celebrations in the United Arab Emirates. Foods that are close to baleelat can be found in the cuisines of other countries, such as the Persian faloodeh and the Indian sheer khurma, which is a similar ceremonial dish made from vermicelli.

As a breakfast menu, baleelat is served warm. Meanwhile, when consumed as a dessert, baleelat is served cold. To accompany the baleelat, you can also serve garbanzo beans and black beans. According to legend, balaleet became a part of Emirati cuisine when people experimented with pasta.

  1. Luqaimat

The origin of the name of this food comes from the Arabic language, luqma, which means bite or sip. According to the story, lokma was first made in Turkey by the sultan’s cooks of the Ottoman Empire although the oldest documentation of this kind of eating is even found in the tomb of Ramses IV.

In traditional UAE cuisine, luqaimat is also one of the most popular dishes. In addition, this food is also often featured at various cultural events in the UAE. This food looks like pastry and this food always appears on different special occasions. This delicious cake is in the form of a smooth golden ball that melts in your mouth when you bite it.

Ingredients for making luqaimat include flour, sesame seeds, milk, turmeric, salt, and yeast. Knead the dough and let it sit for a while so that all the ingredients are mixed. After that, the dough is fried in oil and then dipped in syrup to add sweetness. This food is not only popular in Arabia but also in Greece and is called Louka.

  1. Chabab Bread

In America there are pancakes, in Morocco, there is baghrir, in France there is crepe and in Dubai, there is chabab bread. This bread is thin in shape with a crunchy texture and sweet taste. At first glance, this Dubai specialty looks very similar to American pancakes. The main ingredients for making chebab bread are flour, melted butter, eggs, and yeast.

To make it taste better add some fennel and a pinch of turmeric. The name chabab derives from the fact that it is cooked until it is light brown or golden yellow on both sides.

Usually, chabab bread and Chami cheese or Kraft cream cheese are served together. Chami is a salty cheese made from buttermilk. To decorate the chabab bread, date syrup, and honey are added. Sometimes this bread is also decorated with sesame seeds. For breakfast, this dish is served hot.

  1. Madrouba

One of the most famous foods in Dubai, namely madrouba and this Dubai specialty also has fans in Bahrain and Oman. The most popular variant is madrouba with chicken although madrouba is also served with lamb, fish, and crushed seeds.

This dish is made using rice, garlic, onions, yogurt, tomatoes, and seasonings. Butter is also added to taste. This dish is called ‘madrouba’ which means ‘beaten’ in Arabic. This is because, in the last stage of cooking, the ingredients are mixed to produce a smooth mash. This dish is suitable for all ages as it is easy to digest.

  1. Salon

Salona or saloona is a classic Arabic stew that is generally eaten as a portion of everyday home food. The most common variant is made with chicken (dejaj). However, vegetables and other types of meat such as lamb, beef, or fish can also be used as the main ingredients.

Although quite versatile, saloonas usually combine a tomato-based broth that has been seasoned with stir-fried onions, ginger, garlic, vegetables, and selected main ingredients. This delicious dish is believed to have originated from the Bedouins and is often served during the month of Ramadan. Usually, the saloona is accompanied by rice or bread.

  1. Falafel

Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern recipe that consists of fava beans and chickpeas. The final touch is to shape it into the appearance of a fried ball or patty. This food is one of the most popular dishes loved by tourists who come to Dubai.

To taste this food, you can try it with various types of bread. The falafel recipe is different because every restaurant has its way of cooking it. Before ordering, ask the waiter what the recipe is because it may contain ingredients that you are allergic to.

  1. Khameer Bread

This Dubai specialty is one of the softest bread in the world. Khameer bread is a round flatbread that expands with two layers that are easy to separate. To sweeten, instead of using sugar, this bread uses dates. As a flavoring ingredient in bread, turmeric, fennel, and cardamom are used.

In the past, to bake khameer bread the Arabs used coal ovens. Now you can use a regular oven. Maybe the khameer bun will remind you of a burger bun because it has a sprinkling of sesame seeds on it. When eating, the bread can be divided into two layers and the inside can be filled with butter or cream.

  1. Dango – Boiled Beans

Dango is boiled chickpeas but topped with red chili and spices. This Dubai specialty can last a long time without going bad. Hence the Arabs brought this food with them when they had to travel long distances through the desert. Dango can be made anytime, making it a popular evening snack.

Dango is the Emirati version of hummus Levantine. The difference is, Dango is not made into a paste but only boiled until soft and given salt and spices. Chickpeas should be soaked in water overnight to shorten the cooking time. Chickpea cooking water is not thrown away but is used to make soups and stews.

  1. Al Harees

It takes a long time to make this Dubai specialty, but the ingredients used are quite simple. The pot containing wheat and meat is added with a little salt. Then the stew is cooked until the texture is smooth and blended so that it can no longer be distinguished which meat or grain.

Then, all of the mixtures are roasted over low heat for a few more hours. In this spice-rich country, al harees is a simple dish that surprises many.

That’s a typical Dubai dish that you can taste when you come to this country. The food is undeniable indeed similar to the countries in the region. Some have the same ingredients but different manufacturing methods.

If you like food from the Arabian peninsula, it seems that Dubai specialties you shouldn’t miss. Feel the richness of the spices in each delicacy.