Saudi Arabian recipes & cuisine

If you entered a home in Saudi Arabia and found the delicious aromas of appetizing spices wafting through the air, prepare yourself for a fantastic feast. Because a guest is always welcome and treated as a part of the family around the table.

A fusion of old eastern spices and time-honored traditions give Saudi cuisine richly-flavored tastes and aromas that have transcended borders and are enjoyed all across the world. Even today, whenever a family gathers around to share a meal in Saudi Arabian home, it is these unique influences that are complemented by the warmth and love that make every occasion truly fulfilling.

The irresistible tastes of Saudi dishes are often enjoyed on dinner tables all across the Arab world. In fact, the popularity of Saudi cuisine can be attributed to the fact that whenever connoisseurs of good taste sampled these delicacies, their natural response was to learn how to recreate it. Over time, the serving of Saudi-inspired dishes came to signify an important addition to a feast or celebration and a housewife’s way of welcoming a special guest.

Appetizing rice and vegetables, succulent tender beef and fresh chicken marinated with the finest spices – these are what make Saudi cuisine a treat for every taste. Add to this the rich aromas of kabssa, bukhari, salona, eish bill ahem or harissa and you’ll find yourself experiencing absolute culinary delight. But the first bite is just the first step in trying out the many other delicious offerings that appeal to the taste buds and the heart. This is the true charm of Saudi cuisine.

Presentation adds to the appeal of even the most decadently delicious dish. Picture a spread of some of the most mouth-watering Saudi food decorated and presented with all the delicate finesse that Saudi housewives are known for, and you’re sure to experience a surge of excitement. Add to this sight the delicious aromas that are typical to every item on a Saudi Arabian menu and you’re in for a delightfully sensation experience. Take caution though, once you take the first bite, you’ll definitely be longing for more!

Saudi Arabian Recipes from Nestlé

Add pearled barley and beef cubes to a large saucepan. Add water and bring to boil. Cover and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
Put lamb chunks and water in a large pot. Bring to boil and remove froth as it appears. Simmer over low heat for 1½ hours or until lamb becomes tender. Set aside. Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan, add and cook onions over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until they become golden brown in...
Put whole chicken in an oven tray and mix with salt, ground black pepper and oil. Put in preheated oven of a 200°C for 45-50 minutes or until chicken becomes tender. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large sauce pan and fry the onions for 3-4 minutes or until they become golden in color. Add the saffron...
Heat oil in a sauce pan (reserve 3 tablespoons of oil) and fry the potato cubes until the potatoes become golden in color and tender. Set aside. Heat the left 3 tablespoons in a large pot. Fry onions for 3-4 minutes or until golden in color then add garlic and stir for another minute. Add minced...
Add water, tomato paste, and MAGGI Spring Season Soup to a large saucepan. Bring to boil. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes then add shish barak and simmer for 5 minutes or until shish barak are cooked. Garnish with chopped coriander then serve.
Add lamb pieces and water to a large pot. Bring to boil and remove froth as it appears. Add dried limes and MAGGI Chicken Stock cubes. Cover and simmer over low heat for 30-40 minutes or until lamb is tender. Remove lamb pieces from the stock, add the rice to the lamb stock, around 6 cups or...
Place lamb pieces and water in a large pot. Bring to boil and remove froth as it appears. Add the MAGGI Chicken Stock cubes, cover and simmer over low heat for 1½ hours or until lamb pieces are cooked. Remove lamb pieces from the stock, add the rice to stock, which should be around 6 cups or 1500ml,...
In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and egg. Gradually add water and mix the ingredients until they form a well combined dough. Add more water if necessary. Divide the dough into small equal size portions. Form each portion into balls. Cover and set aside to rest for 1 hour. Combine the minced meat...
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