7 flavors that will transport you to Saudi Arabia

Saudi food - arabian food spices in a bowl with a spoon at the forefront

Looking to throw around some new spices in the kitchen? Check out these Saudi Arabian flavors that will really rock your taste buds. Saudi Arabia has so much going for it in the food department, and it's crazy to think that some people have never tried these dishes before! Radisson Blu Hotel Jeddah has some of the best cuisines right here in the city, so we think it is only fair to share. Here are seven Saudi sensations we know you will love:

1. Kapsa

Starting with the national dish, Kapsa, this is an easy and traditional dish of chicken and rice that gives you that ultimate happy full feeling. Goody Kitchen has a great recipe you can use that calls for Kapsa Spice, which is saffron, cinnamon, black lime, cardamom, nutmeg and bay leaves.

Saudi food - kapsa chicken and rice dish, national dish of Saudi Arabia

2. Mutabbaq

Originating from Yemen, the word Mutabbaq means ‘folded’ and that is exactly what this is, a folded pancake. You can get them stuffed full with vegetables for a midday snack from street vendors when in Jeddah, or you can make them at home with this recipe from Asma’s Kitchen.

Saudi food- mutabbaq folded and fried pancakes stuffed with vegetables

3. Shawarma

A name you are sure to have heard before is Shawarma. This fashion of cooking meat is very popular in Middle Eastern countries with SA being no exception. It originated from Levantine cuisine and is now found all across the world. But you don't need to find a kebab store to enjoy this delicious dish, you can try your own at home and make Chicken Shawarma like The Wanderlust Kitchen.

Saudi food - shawarma meat , being cooked over a grill fire

4. Falafel

Ok. So we all love falafel and it is nothing new, but we wanted to include it anyway, because spicy chickpeas are glorious. You can thank the Egyptians for this tasty vegetarian treat and you can thank Ya Salam Cooking for the recipe.

Saudi food - falafel in a pita bread

5. Laban

Laban is a yoghurt drink made to refresh the body especially when the heat is really pounding down. When making Laban you can use the recipe from I have 2 Kitchens. Don't want to drink your yoghurt? Then make it into a dip with spices like above!

Saudi food - laban yogurt with cucumber and spices

6. Saleeg

If you are ever inviting over guests in the Kingdom then Saleeg is considered ‘a face saving dish’. Everyone loves it so you can’t go wrong. It is similar to risotto but the rice is cooked in milk (somewhat like porridge) and broth and is served with chicken. Check out Cooking With Alia’s video on how to make it just right!

Saudi food - saleeg chicken and milkyrisssoto dish from Saudi Arabia

7. Maamul

Last but no less tasty is the bite sized Maamul. The word means ‘filled’ in Arabic and these guys sure are filled with delicious. Maamul are small shortbreads with pistachio or dates or other sweet goodies tucked inside. Traditionally, sweets like these are served with coffee or mint tea so be sure to boil some water while they are in the oven. Here is a great recipe from Culinary Travels.

Saudi food - maamul shortbread,Saudi Arabia dessert

We hope you enjoy these Saudi dishes as much as we do. Make them at home, fall in love and then book a trip to the Kingdom to taste them first hand.

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