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Mohammar Recipe- Learn How to Make This Traditional Sweet Rice

Mohammar is a tasty Emirati rice dish that is traditionally served with grilled fish. Sugar syrup with fresh Arabic spices makes it more flavorful, aromatic and wonderful. In Middle Eastern countries, people love to eat this delectable meal on weekends and festivals. This sweet and spicy Bahraini rice dish is full of nutrients. So, try this simple Mohammar recipe and excite your taste buds with a Delicious meal!!

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  • Basmati rice — 4 Cups
  • Water — 10 cups
  • Cardamom pods — 5
  • Clarified butter (Ghee) —- 3 tablespoons
  • Saffron — ½ teaspoon
  • Onions, Sliced — 1 large
  • Rose water — 3 tablespoons
  • Cinnamon stick — 2
  • Sugar — 1 cup
  • Salt— as per taste
  • Grilled Mackerel

Servings: 8-10 Persons

Preparation Time: 1 Hour Approximately


  1. Wash and soak the basmati rice in cold water for minutes and drain them.
  2. Add the drained rice in the boiling water. Boil to half cooked, for about 10 minutes.
  3. Soak saffron and rose water together and set aside for a few minutes until saffron releases its color.
  4. Place sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir well until it melts. But make sure not to burn the sugar.
  5. Add 4 cups of hot water over the melted sugar and then add cardamom, cinnamon sticks, and salt, and mix them.
  6. When it starts to boil, add rice in it and stir to prevent it from sticking to the saucepan. Cook until rice is partially cooked. Remove rice from the heat.
  7. Heat the butter in another pan and pour the sweetened rice in melted butter, and then sprinkle it with the saffron-rosewater
  8. Cover the pan and simmer it on very low heat until the rice is cooked, for about 15-20 minutes, and then transfer it to a serving platter.
  9. Fry the onion slices until light brown and crispy.
  10. Garnish the rice with crispy onion and serve it with grilled Mackerel pieces.
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  • Instead of simple sugar, you can use Melted caramelised sugar.
  • You can also add date syrup or molasses instead of sugar to make a variation.
  • Fried or grilled fish (Mackerel) coated in Emirati spices, a blend of ground cinnamon, coriander, cumin, black pepper, ginger and turmeric.
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