UAE recipes

As part of my “Cooking Local” project to learn more about the food and culture of the United Arab Emirates, I am attempting to create as many recipes as possible from Celia Ann Brock-Al Ansari’s “The Complete UAE Cookbook”.

Come and join me through the trials and errors of cooking an unfamiliar cuisine. Cook along yourself as all the recipes are online at fahad.com/dishes

Complete UAE Cookbook cover

Celebrating the UAE’s 44th National Day at Al Barza Restaurant with Emirati Cuisine

December 2, 2015
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When I first moved to Dubai in 2007, there weren’t any restaurants (except maybe hole in the wall cafés) serving Emirati cuisine. So I started my Emirati cooking project to teach myself what local food could taste like. I say could because at the time, I had no idea if I was making the recipes […]

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Emirati Cookbook Review: Sarareed (by Chef Khulood Atiq) & Emirati Recipe: Rubyan Moadam (Soaked Prawns)

February 8, 2013
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Sometime last year, I heard through the food buzz that there was a new Emirati cookbook released and I attempted to get my hands on a copy. I know I have been a real slacker in regards to my Emirati Cooking Experiments and I had hoped that obtaining a new cookbook would breathe some life […]

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Emirati Recipe: Samboosa (fried savory triangles)

August 10, 2012
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Have you been watching the Summer Olympics? The UAE has never participated in the Winter Olympics but has participated in seven Summer Olympics starting with the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. This year, for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the UAE team comprised of 30 athletes and competed in the following sports: athletics (triple jump […]

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Emirati Recipe: Shrimp Fried with Spices (Ro-be-yann nashif)

February 16, 2012
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I never did get back on track with my Emirati cooking, did I? Lamb Biryani was the last recipe I posted but I did get to observe a few home-cooked Emirati dishes (namely, Chicken Machboos and Balaleet) this past November. And recently, I went to an Emirati restaurant for the first time – Al Fanar […]

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A Taste of Arabic Home-Cooking at an Emirati Home

December 13, 2011
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When I started my Emirati cooking project in June 2008, almost three and a half years ago, it was so that I could learn more about the culture of the host country in which I was living. With a dearth of restaurants to choose from at the time (and I wasn’t even sure how authentic they […]

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Emirati Recipe: Lamb Biryani (La-ham biryani)

October 24, 2011
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“Where are the Emirati restaurants in Dubai?” When I first moved here, almost four years ago, I used to ask this question a lot. I soon stopped asking because I would get the same responses over and over. Either, “I don’t know,” or “Emirati food is in Emirati homes,” or “Local House in Bastakia.” There […]

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Emirati Recipe: Chicken Biryani (Biryani de-jaj)

June 26, 2011
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I can’t help but think of biryani as the Indian equivalent of Chinese fried rice. Both dishes are made of, well, rice, and both are ingrained into their respective cultures. Not surprisingly, biryani is quite a popular dish in Dubai and besides the obvious joints, can also be found in many buffet stations of hotels […]

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Emirati Recipe: Fried Fish (Sa-mak ma-ga-lee)

May 18, 2011
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As part of my Cooking Local project to learn more about Emirati food and culture, I am attempting to cook through Celia Ann Brock-Al Ansari’s The Complete UAE Cookbook. I have completed 8 recipes so far out of…oh…73. Crikey, at the rate I’m going, I might be old and withered before I’m finished. Out of the […]

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