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Middle-Eastern Recipes to Warm Up Your Family Gatherings.

Family gatherings are all about good company and home-cooked food that is even better. And to celebrate Ramadan feasts we share our picks of Dubai’s most scrumptious meals that are packed with tons of flavor. Versatile and delectable, these recipes can be used for pot lucks, get-togethers and are sure to keep everyone and their taste buds happy. After all, a family that eats together stays together!


Recipe to be attributed to: – Chef Khaled Abu, Speciality Sous Chef – Ewaan Restaurant, Dubai

Serves – 2 portions


1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts 

1 large onion, finely chopped

3 small red potatoes, peeled and diced

1 28oz can of diced tomatoes

4 large garlic cloves, minced

1-2 cups fat free chicken broth

1 cup green olives, pitted

3 tbsp capers, rinsed

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Juice from 1 lemon, fresh squeezed

Zest from ½ lemon

Salt and pepper to taste.

Method of preparation:

1. Spray a large pot or Dutch oven with non-fat cooking spray and set over medium high heat.

2. Cut chicken into bite size pieces, and brown in pot. Remove chicken after all pieces are browned on each side.

3. Add in garlic and onion and sauté, stirring constantly, until tender, about 5 min. Return chicken to pan, and sprinkle with cumin, paprika, turmeric, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. Add in potatoes, tomatoes, and 1-2 cups of broth (use enough broth to cover all the chicken and potatoes. Cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until chicken is tender and cooked through (about 25-30 minutes).

5. Add in lemon juice, lemon zest, capers olives and parsley and heat through. Add in additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Serve immediately.



Recipe to be attributed to: Chef Alie El Bourji, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Serves – 8 portions


2 Kg. Whole Chicken

7 Gr. Cardamom Green

20 Gr. Salt

10 Gr. White pepper

1 Gr. Saffron

5 Gr. Black Pepper

5 Gr. Cumin

3 Gr. Nutmeg

2 Gr. Cloves

2 Gr. Whole black pepper

5 Gr. Coriander Powder

150 Gr. Onion

75 Gr. Tomato Paste

300 Gr. Fresh Tomato

250 Gr. Capsicum

600 Gr. Basmati Rice

150 Ml Vegetables Oil

5 Gr. Dried lime

25 Gr. Pine Nuts

25 Gr. Almond

1 Gr. Bay Leaves

2 Sticks Cinnamon

Method of preparation:

1. Chopped the Onion, cut the tomatoes capsicum in the wedges and chopped the coriander

2. Heat the oil in a casserole and add the onion, capsicum sauté with cinnamon sticks, by leaves, whole cardamom, cloves and whole black pepper then add chicken and a cook for 5 minutes

3. Add tomatoes, all the spices, salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes.

4. Add the water bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover for 20 minutes

5. Add rice to the pot and mixed well Re-Cover & simmer for 30 – 40 minutes – adding the raisins for the last 10 minutes – or until rice are tender.

6. Place the rice on a large serving dish, topped with the chicken & garnished with almond and pine nuts.



Recipe to be attributed to: Mr. Alie El Bourji, at Asateer, Atlantis, The Palm


1.134 ltr Fresh Milk

344 ml Fresh cream

84 g Milk powder

274 g Dextrose

100 g Granulated

12 g Stabilizer

52 g Trimoline

250 g Assorted Baklawa

50 g Pistachio

50 g Raisin chopped

25 ml Rose water
Method of preparation:

1. Hand blends the milk, cream, milk powder and dextrose until smooth.

2. Put into a pan and bring to40C. Whisk in the sugars and stabilizer.

3. Bring up to 85C, then take off the heat and cool as quickly as you can.

4. Put into the fridge for 6-12 hours.

5. Put into an ice cream machine according to instructions.

6. Add very finally chopped baklava, raisin, pistachio, and fold into ice cream mix by spatula, and put in container, store in the freezer.

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2 comments on “Middle-Eastern Recipes to Warm Up Your Family Gatherings.

  1. cellardoorofkhan
    June 12, 2017

    And I am not ashamed to admit that I have never eaten any of these items let alone in Dubai. Nonetheless, they must be bursting with divine flavours as evident from the recipes.


  2. theculinarycolloquy
    June 2, 2017

    These recipes have got me missing Dubai! Probably will be attempting the Kabssa soon. Thanks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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