The Best Guide to Omani Cuisine



A taste of Oman, The Omani cuisine embraces a very unique blend of Persian, Arabian, African and Indian influences. Lying along the centuries old spice routes, it’s no surprise that spices such as cardamom, cumin & saffron are all put on a pedestal in the country. Another distinguishing factor is the interesting use of coconut, rose water and even berries. The true Omani magic takes over the taste buds & takes you into the realm of Arabian delights. You’ll be surprised at the kind of variations Omani cuisine comes up with. Every serving is a treat for the taste buds with its delicious flavors & is made with simplicity that it will leave you in awe.


Family holds a special place in the rich Omani culture & what’s better than food to bring families together for a big meal off a communal platter of rice and some meat or fish every once in a while. Ruz-al-Mudhroub is a very special rice dish served with fried fish and is considered a delicacy in this coastal country.


If you are looking for a meaty, spicy treat, try out Shuwa to tantalize your tongue with bursts of authentic herbs, spices & tender meat. For lovers of seafood, Oman offers Mashuai made from spit-roasted kingfish served with lemon juice. For when you have satiated your appetite with local delicacies, locally brewed coffee will have you feeling fresh in a jiffy.


The real traditional Omani hospitality is the Omani halwa (sweet). It is usually served in Omani homes before drinking Arabian coffee. The main ingredients which go into the making of halwa include starch, eggs, sugar, water, ghee, saffron, cardamom, nuts and rose water from the Jebel-al-Akdhar. The ingredients are mixed in proportions and quantities known only to skilled chefs. The preferred cooking method is over a wood fire. Halwa is usually served in a large earthenware bowl. In times of joy or sorrow, religious occasions and festivals, Halwa is served to guests to mark the event to grace the menu.


Ubhar is one of the amazing restaurants to visit in Oman. It is designed to enchant and plunge the diner into Oman’s mysterious and regal past. Both the décor and the food are a medley of modern and historical cuisine and design. Desserts are a special treat, especially the halva-based offerings. An effortless ordained ride can be acquired from Towell Lease, the ride of luxury with a treat of Omani magic for your palates.


So, when you’re in Oman, don’t forget to experience recipes that are delightful, flavorful & will leave you coming back for more. Bon appetit!

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