Madrouba - world cup 2022

The World Cup 2022 will soon be held on November 20, 2022, in Qatar. Apart from watching the game, going to Qatar can also be for sightseeing. Both nature tourism, and city-to-culinary tourism.

There are some typical Qatari foods that You Can Try at the World Cup 2022

1. Machboo

Machboos in Qatar is like biryani in India.
It is Qatar’s national dish, a claim also made by neighboring countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, and the UAE, although each has slight variations.

Basmati rice is usually the base of this dish, washed and then cooked in broth, before adding roasted protein, usually chicken, but lamb, fish, or even camel are popular.

The protein adds color too and goes into the pot with the garlic, ginger, paprika, and the Qatari spice mix known as bizar.

2. Khubs rgag – world cup 2022

Khubs rgag are paper-thin flatbreads made from flour, water, and salt. The dough is kneaded and then rolled out to be cooked on the tawaah, a large flat iron plate traditionally heated over coals.

This crunchy bread, similar in texture to dosa, can now be found served as a portion of street food at tourist spots like Souq Waqif in Doha, where Kiri cheese jam or Nutella is offered as a topping, a modern twist on traditional food.
Bread is traditionally eaten as an accompaniment to other dishes, or as an ingredient in itself, as in subsequent dishes.

3. Thareed

Thareed

Thareed takes its name from the large clay pot that is traditionally used to make this dish.

It is a stew of chicken or lamb stock and tomato sauce, cooked on the stovetop with seasonal vegetables, often including potatoes, carrots, onions, and chickpeas.

But to get a feel for the essence of the dish, dig a serving spoon into the bottom of the pot – at the bottom you’ll find layers of khubs rgag, tearing away carefully to coat the pan, soaking up the flavors of the stew.

Delicacies like these have long been prized in Qatar, mainly because fruit and vegetables were once scarce in the local diet because they are difficult to grow in arid land.

Some families have successfully grown tomatoes and watermelons, but they will wait for other fruits to come from Oman and Iran.

4. Harees

Wheat soaked overnight, boiled, cracked, or coarsely ground is the star of this dish. In the morning it is seared to slow cook for five to six hours, with chunks of lamb or chicken in a blender, sometimes both.

The dish is then pounded into an elastic-like texture and often flavored with cinnamon and cumin and served topped with ghee. Qatari families usually send these pots to neighbors’ homes as a gesture of goodwill, especially in the month of Ramadan.

Other countries have variations of this dish, such as haleem in Pakistan and porridge in China. Omanis make it with oats, which is effectively a savory version of porridge.

5. Madrouba

This dish can best be described as fragrant and spiced rice porridge, topped with your choice of protein. And suitable to carry when watching the 2022 world cup

Slow-cooked, like a rabbit, the rice is simmered for hours in milk and butter, flavored with cardamom, making it sound almost like pudding; but the addition of tender, slow-cooked meat or chicken changes everything.

Madrouba can also be added to dishes, which are then whipped into a mush-like state using a wooden spoon, taking its name from the word darb, which means to beat in Arabic.

The key to perfecting this dish lies in mixing all the ingredients together, allowing the flavors to combine and imparting a smoky flavor. Best served to steam hot, as the perfect comfort food.

Madrouba dishes are passed down from one generation to the next, each family usually adding its own twist.
Although the traditional way of making this dish uses rice, to shorten the cooking time, some people will make it using wheat or oats.

Traditionally in Qatar, the dish containing milk would be sourced from the family’s own cattle. And would be used to make zibda (butter) and laban (buttermilk). With the latter, especially enjoyed the cold during the hotter summer months. Snacks are also eaten during this time, such as fresh fish caught from the waters of the Arabian Gulf, grilled and served with rice.

6. Ballet – world cup 2022

Having been eaten only at breakfast. This unique combination of sweet vermicelli cooked in butter, cinnamon, saffron, and cardamom gives it a distinct taste. Others will add a dash of rose water or saffron. It is then topped with a savory omelet or fried egg which can be infused with cardamom.

Initially, the vermicelli is lightly roasted until golden in color, then boiled until al dente. This is when toppings and spices are added.

The sweetness of the noodles combines with the saltiness of the eggs to pack this dish with flavor.

It can be served hot for breakfast or cold as a dessert. But is also eaten as a snack at any time of the day.

This dish pairs really well with karak chai, spiced milk tea, or Arabic coffee.

It is thought that traders from India may have brought the sweet vermicelli to Qatar. But the locals claim the dish as their own through the addition of eggs and spices.

7. Luqaimat – world cup 2022

With a name that means “slice” or “bite-sized”, these mini dough balls are cooked to perfection. Coated in a sugar glaze, this deep-fried dessert can be dipped in sugar syrup, honey, or even date syrup.

Many variations of snacks, were probably brought to Qatar by the Turks during the brief Ottoman rule from 1875-1914. In Turkey, this dish is known as lokma.

This dessert is made from classic unsweetened dough. The sweetness comes from the syrup that coats it, making it an easy dish to make. Some prefer to add cardamom and turmeric to the batter to give it a classic Qatari taste. The final dish is a perfect ball that’s crispy on the outside, and soft and airy on the inside.

 

Typical Qatari Cuisine that You Can Try at the World Cup 2022
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