The popularity of Saudi Arab food dishes around the globe

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Saudi Arab food is becoming more popular around the globe as people become more interested in Middle Eastern cuisine. Some of the most popular Saudi Arab dishes include Kabsa, shawarma, and falafel. Kabsa is a rice dish that is typically made with chicken or lamb, while shawarma is a type of sandwich made with either chicken or lamb. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from chickpeas.

All of these dishes are typically served with various sauces, such as tahini and hummus. They are also often served with flatbreads, such as pita bread. These dishes are flavorful and healthy, making them a popular choice for people. There is a culture of serving in the form of a big platter to be shared by a group of people in Saudi Arabia which is slowly being adopted by other cultures as well.

This increased popularity of Saudi Arabian food dishes has led to the opening of many Saudi Arab restaurants around the world. These restaurants offer authentic Saudi Arabian cuisine that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are looking for a quick meal or a sit-down dinner, you can find a Saudi Arab restaurant to suit your needs. Here are a few suggestions of Saudi Arab food dishes along with recipes.

1. Big Lamb roasted platter (Kabsa)

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This food has a very unique taste. The rice is first boiled with spices, then meat (usually chicken, lamb, goat, fish, or shrimp), and vegetables are added. This food can be served alone as a meal or with other dishes. We often see the Saudi culture of sharing meals in the form of big platters.


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 pound lamb, cut into 1-inch cubes

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of cayenne pepper

2 cups white rice, rinsed and drained

4 cups chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can of diced tomatoes, undrained

1 large carrot, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 cup frozen peas

½ cup raisins

½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

½ cup chopped dried apricots

½ cup chopped pitted dates

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the lamb and cook until browned, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper and cook for 1 minute.

Stir in the rice and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, carrot, celery, bell pepper, peas, raisins, almonds, apricots, dates, salt, parsley, and cilantro, and cook for 10 minutes.

2. Shawarma sandwich

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This dish is also becoming popular in western cultures. It is usually made with chicken or lamb that has been cooked on a rotisserie. The meat is shaved off the spit and served in pita bread with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and sauces.


1 lb chicken breast, boneless and skinless

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon coriander powder

pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and black pepper to taste


In a bowl, combine chicken, paprika, cumin, turmeric, coriander powder, cayenne pepper, and olive oil. Season with salt and black pepper, mix well, and set aside.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove from grill and let cool slightly before slicing into thin strips.

3. Falafel

This dish is made from ground chickpeas, herbs, and spices. It is then formed into a ball or patty and deep-fried. Falafel is often served with tahini sauce and hummus.


1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked in water overnight

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup fresh parsley leaves

½ cup fresh cilantro leaves

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon baking powder

salt and black pepper to taste

oil for frying


Drain the chickpeas and place them in a food processor. Add the onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cumin, baking powder, salt, and black pepper. Process until mixture forms a thick paste.

With wet hands, shape the mixture into small balls or patties. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry falafel for 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

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