Being situated in the Middle East, Doha Qatar is influenced by Arabic and bedouin culture. Even when it comes to their cuisine. And yes, the last few years this is what you hear all the time, but Doha is one of the best places if you are a foodie. Here are 5 different types of food you should try when visiting Doha Qatar. All of them to be tasted in one of the many restaurants in the city.
Falafel may well be the best known of Doha foods as nowadays you can find it worldwide as a vegetarian option. Basically falafel is a deep fried ball consisting of peas and beans. In Qatar they eat this traditional Middle Eastern dish with a dip and pita bread. Sometimes they even serve it wrapped in flatbread as well. Even more, falafel is mostly referring to a wrapped sandwich filled with the deep fried balls.
Thareed is a typical middle eastern dish that can be compared to a pot of stew. It is also often referred to as a lasagna dish, but prepared in a Qatari way. Thareed consists of a mix of vegetables and chicken or lamb. Often they use potatoes, beans and carrots to prepare it. On the bottom of the dish, there is bread that is soaked by the stew and makes it full of flavour.
Machboos is considered the national dish of Doha and comes in many ways. This plate is a spiced rice dish that comes with vegetables and seafood or any type of marinated meat such as chicken, beef, lamb or camel. There are plenty of spices in the rice, but it often comes with an extra spicy salsa dip as well. In some restaurants, they top the dish off by sprinkling lemon juice on top of it.
Harees is a healty dish that is very popular during the Ramadan and other festive occasions. Consistency-wise it is similar to porridge as it made of boiled wheat, meat and butter. Because it is mixed with meat, it also have some similarities with dumplings. This Doha dish is often served in restaurants and is garnished with spices such as cinnamon and cardamom.
Balaleet is most often served as a breakfast in the morning. This Doha dish is a sweet and savoury dish that has vermicelli as a basic ingredient. The fried vermicelli is sweetened with sugar, rose water,saffron and cardamom. It is served with an omelette on top of it, overlaying the dish. Sometimes they even add nuts to it or it comes with sauteed onions or potatoes. Balaleet is a highly popular choice as a first meal of the day during Islamic holidays.