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Famous Food In Bahrain

Updated: Jul 3, 2021

Bahrain is a small island state near the western shores of the Persian Gulf.
The cuisine of Bahrain consists of dishes such as Biryani, Harees, Khabeesa, Machboos, Mahyawa, Maglooba, Quzi, and Zalabia. Qahwah is the national beverage. It has same dishes as its neighbours.

Here Are 16 Traditional Food you should try in Bahrain.

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Harees is a popular dish in Bahrain, It looks like porridge.

It is made of meat and wheat.

The dish is made up of boiled, cracked, and coarsely ground wheat mixed up with meat and seasoning with flavors to add taste. It is a dish that is mainly served as a starter. usually topped with cinnamon sugar.



Machboos is also a popular dish in Bahrain.

This dish is usually made with rice, meat (mutton), chicken, or fish, vegetables, then cooked in a broth flavored with a blend of spices, dried Loomi, onion and, raisins, nuts, and other seasonings include salt and spices turmeric, cumin, cardamom, and saffron. (these spices give Machboos its distinctive taste).

Once the rice is cooked, the meat is added together with some fried chopped onions, potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, and other vegetables.

wiener schnitzel


Quzi dish is one of the most popular dishes in Bahrain.

This dish consisting of a roasted lamb stuffed with rice, meat, eggs, and other ingredients.

The lamb is stuffed with nuts, raisins, and various spices before it is cooked in the oven. This dish is combined with cinnamon, cardamom, and baharat (spice)and served with a bed of rice.

Tandoori Chicken


While biryani is not an Arabic dish, you will find it famous in many Gulf countries.

Biryani is made with Indian touch as the spices and ingredients added in the dish are similar to Indian biryani.

It contains rice and meat cooked separately before being layered and cooked together, the rice is mixed with eggs, different vegetables, and chicken.

This dish is served as a main course.

Butter Chicken


Masli is also a famous dish in Bahrain.

It is street food in Bahrain available at every corner of the country.

This unique dish is made up of rice cooked with chicken, meat, fish, or shrimp and cooked in a pot. It is a delicious and spicy dish of Bahrain.

Fi Ga'atah

It is a traditional dish, it is a very slowly cooked lamb dish that is made of white rice, cooked with tomatoes and potatoes and eggplant in the bottom of the pan.

It is served with roasted nuts, raisins and served over torn pita bread and rice.


This classic dish combines rice and mung bean legumes (green lentils).

Mumawwash is slowly simmered in a delicious broth until it reaches the right consistency.

Mung beans are sautéed alongside onions and a variety of dried spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, saffron, and dried lemon before they are combined with rice. It is served on large plates and is occasionally accompanied by sautéed shrimps topped on the dish.


Muhammar is a traditional dish from Bahrain.

It is a sweet rice dish seasoned with spices and date molasses and is usually eaten with fried or grilled fish. The rice is parboiled and then steamed.

It is also flavored with varieties of spices, saffron, cardamom, cloves, and rose water and served with lemon juice and rocket salad.


It is rice cooked with herbs and is mixed with small pieces of chicken, and then a special kind of butter, which is specially prepared for this dish, is added with Soft cheese sour cream.



Balaleet is a traditional Bahraini sweet and savory dish.

This dish is made from vermicelli, cardamom, saffron, sugar.

Usually served with an omelet.

This dish is well known in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and the UAE.

It may be different from one country to another.

It is usually served in breakfast, and also as a dessert in Ramadan.



Khanfaroosh is a famous dessert in Bahrain.

It is made of flour, yeast, eggs, sugar, molasses, cardamom, saffron, milk, and rose water syrup, then fried.

It is usually served with tea and coffee in the morning.



Ghuraiba is fragile cookies made of flour, butter, powdered sugar, and cardamom.

It's usually served with Arabic coffee.

It is mainly served after the main course as a sweet.


It is a sweet dish made of flour and oil.

Khabees is one of the oldest traditional foods of Bahrain which is made up of flour, honey, and spices. It is a classic dessert that is prepared with toasting flour.

Ingredients like ghee, cardamom, saffron, and rose water are added to the dish. To add flavors to the dish, grated coconut, raisins, pistachios, and almonds are mixed up in the dish.


Gaimat or Luqaimat is sweet fried yeast dumplings made of flour, yeast, sugar, corn starch, oil, and milk, all these ingredients mixed up to shape them like a ball and then heated in a pan to make this delicious dish.

These syrup dough balls are mainly served on occasions like weddings, parties, and festivals.


Fried dough shaped into balls then deep-fried and soaked in syrup (sugar, lemon, and saffron).


Arabic Coffee

A symbol of Arabian hospitality.

"Gahwa" coffee in Bahrain is spiced with cardamom, cumin, cloves, and saffron.

Poured from a classic Arabian coffee pot called "Dallah" -an elegant and decorated silver or gold container-and served in small cups without handles, called "Finjan".

Usually served alongside a platter of fresh dates.

Arabic Coffee

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