Omani cuisine

Omani cuisine

The cuisine of Oman is a mixture of several staples of Asian foods. Dishes are often based around chicken, fish, and lamb, as well as the staple of rice. Most Omani dishes tend to contain a rich mixture of spices, herbs, and marinades.[1]

General features

While Omani food varies within different regions of Oman, most dishes across the country have a staple of curry, cooked meat, rice, and vegetables.[2] Soups are also common and are usually made from chicken, lamb, and vegetables (e.g., smoked eggplant). The main meal is usually eaten in the middle of the day, while dinner is lighter.[3]

Typical Omani dishes

Kabsa is also known as machboos in the Persian Gulf region.
  • Harees is wheat mixed with meat.
  • Kahwa is an Omani coffee mixed with cardamom powder, often served as a symbol of hospitality. It is often served with dates and Omani halwa.[3]
  • Kebab is a dish of curried meat (usually chicken or beef) barbecued or grilled, served with a side of vegetables.
  • Mashuai is a dish consisting of a whole spit-roasted kingfish served with a side of lemon rice.
  • Maqbous is a rice dish flavored with saffron and cooked over spicy meat.
  • Muqalab is tripe and pluck cooked with a variety of spices, including cinnamon, cardamom, clove, black pepper, ginger, garlic, and nutmeg.
  • Shuwa is a meal eaten only on festive occasions. The dish consists of a whole cow or goat roasted in a special oven in a pit dug in the ground, usually as a communal activity, by an entire village. The meat is flavored with a variety of spices, then wrapped in sacks made of dry leaves, which are in turn placed into the oven.
  • Sakhana is a thick soup of wheat, dates, molasses, and milk, typically eaten during Ramadan.

Typical Omani beverages

Coffee is the national beverage, while tea is drunk for hospitality. Other popular beverages include laban (a kind of salty buttermilk), yoghurt drinks, and soft drinks.

See also


  1. ^ Poniewozik, James (2002). "Traditional Omani Food". Oman Electronic Network. Retrieved 2011-03-21. 
  2. ^ "Oman Food". 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Cuisine of Oman". 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2011-03-28.