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Bahrain food: A Journey to taste the best Bahraini dishes

April 19, 2020
Many items in Bahrain food are famous for their taste, which is a combination of different flavors from other Arab kitchens. When you visit the Kingdom of Bahrain, you have to live an adventure of eating and tasting its various local dishes. Bahraini cuisine is primarily based on cooking the animals found in the Kingdom, such as camels.  And as the country is essentially an archipelago, you will find many delicious seafood dishes served in Bahraini cuisine. Bahraini dishes vary in shape, taste, and presentation. This article invites you to know more about the most popular Bahrain food and Bahraini dishes.

Components of Bahrain Food

Components of Bahrain Food Bahrain is located near Iran, Iraq, and India, that is why we can clearly see the impact of these cuisines on Bahraini cuisine. In addition to that, many Bahraini dishes have been influenced by the marine environment, offered by the water resources that surround the Kingdom.


Seafood Many Bahraini seafood dishes were influenced by the marine environment. Numerous seafood dishes, including grubar, mackerel, shrimp and lobster, can be found in the Bahraini cuisine. One of the most important ingredients in Bahraini marine dishes is the hamour, which is served grilled, mashed or smoked. In addition to eating some types of local fish such as Alknad and Sabiti. Fish in Bahrain is usually served with rice, and sometimes served with French fries influenced by the most famous English dish of Fish & Chips.

Bahrain Bread

Bahrain Bread If we talk about Bahrain food, it is necessary to mention the light white bread. It is one of the most famous Bahrain food items available and known throughout history. Beans with tahini, garlic and lemon are often eaten alongside this renowned bread. In addition to tabbouleh which consists of parsley, bulgur, tomatoes, garlic, and lemon.

Popular dishes in Bahrain

Popular dishes in Bahrain For example, falafel is one of the most popular dishes in Bahrain, but it is made differently. It consists of fried chickpeas and is served as fried balls in sandwiches with vegetables. The makiosus is a popular national dish in the Kingdom, consisting of rice with fish, and sometimes served with sauce. Also, the cuzi is one of the popular dishes, it is grilled lamb, stuffed with rice, eggs, onions, and spices.

Rice dishes

Rice dishes Bahrain is famous for serving rice as a side dish, and there are also Bahraini dishes that rely on rice as a basic ingredient, including Magbous. Magbous is one of the most famous dishes in Bahrain and is usually served with meat, fish, chicken or shrimp. This dish differs from the Saudi Kabsa, despite the similarity in shape and color. The strong taste of lemon and black pepper distenguish the Bahraini Magbous. Mahamar dish, is another type of rice dishes, it is sweetened with dates or sugar and served with fried fish. Musaly on the other hand is cooked rice with chicken, meat, fish or shrimp, and the ingredients are cooked directly in the pot, to have a special flavor distinct from the rest of the dishes. And Chillani, is boiled white rice with salt and black cloves, it is usually served with a fried or grilled fish meal, or sometimes served with cinnamon sticks.

Quzi dish

Quzi dish The Quzi is made from grilled lamb, served with boiled white rice, onions and spices. It is similar to the Iraqi Quzi, but it differs in the spices used. Quzi dish is one of the most popular dishes in Bahrain.

Bahrain Biryani

Bahrain Biryani The Bahrain biryani dish is largely famous. It is derived from the Indian biryani. It is an Indian-style rice with the addition of some Bahraini spices. Bahrain biryani differs from the Indian because the chicken or meat used needs more maturity than his Indian counterpart. The Bahraini biryani is also often devoid of hot peppers used in the preparation of Indian biryani.


Al-Mudalal This dish is a modern dish that did not exist in old Bahrain, but it has been widely recognized and has become one of the most famous Bahrain food. It is rice cooked with herbs, which gives it a green color, and is mixed with small pieces of chicken, and then a special kind of butter, which is specially prepared for this dish, is added.

Saloon meal

Saloon meal It is a thick soup made of vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, okra and pumpkin, and added to chicken, meat, fish or shrimp. Usually served with white cilantro rice. The taste is similar to the Indian masala dish. When the saloon is served with the Bahrain bread cut in small pieces, it becomes another meal called "Tharid", which is one of the most famous meals served at Ramadan Iftar in the Kingdom. In the case of adding saloonah to the bread of the rice, it becomes the gravy meal.

Bahrain’s Breakfast

Bahrain’s Breakfast There are many breakfast dishes in Bahrain, and the most famous Bahrain food served at breakfast is the Balaleet, which is a type of long thin noodles served with fried eggs. Another breakfast delecacy is Almhayawah, which is a special type of bread characterized by thinness and sprinkled with sauces. Bahrain’s breakfast is almost always served with a cup of Karak tea, a tea mixed with milk. Sambosak is often eaten at breakfast as well, it is often stuffed with vegetables, cheese or potatoes and sometimes served with white or red jabati bread.

The most famous Desserts

The most famous Desserts Other types of Bahrain food items are the famous dessert dishes, the most famous dish is the Shuweit dessert, which has been attributed to a Bahraini family for 150 years. It resembles jelly candy and is made from cornstarch, saffron, and nuts. Dumplings are also famous desserts in the Kingdom. khanfrush, which resembles kebabs but contains eggs, sugar, flour and yeast instead of vegetables and salt are also a delecious Bahraini dessert. One of the most famous desserts in Bahrain is the porridge, which is eaten with fried eggs. As well as al-Hassu, saqaw, and al-Tababi, al-hubaisah and al-narqina, which contain flour and dates.

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