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The Essence of The Saudi Cuisine 

There are particular dishes that one must try when visiting Saudi Arabia or in a Saudi cuisine, these dishes include, Kabsa and Jareesh guaranteed they will provide the pleasure and delicacy of the fine fresh and foods of The Gulf.

The Saudi cuisine has the best of both regions, it has the spices and strong explicit flavours of the Gulf cuisine and the fusion and creativity of the North Africa cuisine; thus, it’s popularity in the Middle East region. Saudi produces a wide range of fruits, vegetables and even some tropical ones that essential to the Saudi cuisine . Common meats include beef, goat, mutton, and chicken which serve as a base for the cuisine. However, the spices used in Kabsa are largely responsible for its taste.Characteristic flavorings include, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaf and nutmeg. The main ingredients that accompanies the spices are meat or chicken.Furthermore, an integral ingredient in the Saudi kitchen include wheat, used for bread and Jareesh; the third important Mediterranean ingredient is dates, it is eaten as a dessert, and a decent number of desserts nowadays includes dates.


Moreover, spices are used extensively in Saudi food, also some spices have been exported to North Africa through the Arabs for thousands of years; therefore, many ingredients like wheat, sorghum, barley and millet, vegetables tomato, watermelon, eggplant, potato, cucumber and onions, fruits, dates, citrus and grapes and forage crops are home-grown, and are being exported internationally.


* The Kabsa recipe includes the following ingredients:

½ teaspoon saffron 
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom 
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
½ teaspoon ground allspice 
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper 
½ teaspoon dried whole lime powder 
¼ cup butter 
1 onion, finely chopped 
6 cloves garlic, minced 
1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces 
¼ cup tomato puree 
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 
3 carrots, peeled and grated 
2 whole cloves 
1 pinch ground nutmeg 
1 pinch ground cumin 
1 pinch ground coriander 
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 
3 ¼ cups hot water 
1 cube chicken bouillon 
2 ¼ cups unrinsed basmati rice 
¼ cup raisins 
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds

*The Jareesh recipe includes Following ingredients:

2 cups Jareesh (crushed wheat)
3 cups yogur
1 finely chopped onion
Chicken breast cut into small pieces
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp hot green pepper
2 cups water
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin

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