U.A.E

Gastronomy flavours in U.A.E

The travelling essence towards a culturally diverse country is not just about sightseeing, but you also get the chance to interact with its local and enjoy their cultural rich dishes. Like any other Culturally diverse country, UAE provides you with the luxury to your taste buds. UAE cuisine presents like food in heaven. UAE dishes don't care whether you are a food lover or not; various foods are enough to satisfy your palate. Apart from the traditional delicious dishes, there are several cuisines/dishes from all different parts of the world, for example, Italian pasta, Indian curries and Iranian kebabs. The food and cultural diversity of the UAE and its connection with each other makes it worth visiting.

Zorhan Mokoele | TDO local expert from South Africa

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By Ishwa Junaid

When I feel like I’m stuck in a rut in my daily life. Or I’m yearning for something exciting and different, I go for travelling. I prefer travelling to discover a new language, a new cuisine, aspects of a different culture, or a deeper appreciation of faith or spirituality. As a bonus, it helps open my mind. I always realize that there’s no one way to live life. Travelling is not just a passion for me, but it’s a process to give myself a whole new perspective of life.

a Dubai based traveler

We all want to eat tasty food, that's why before taking you on a trip we would ask about the cuisine. The UAE GASTRONOMY will give you a never forgetting experience, starting from the luxurious hotels, rich culture, and high-end celebrity chefs. Following are some of the most mouth-watering dishes that you need to try.

Manousheh
Are you a pizza lover? If you are, then you need to try “Manousheh," it is a local pizza. It is a delicious choice to pick for breakfast because of its added healthy ingredients.
For example, olive oil, the dough is filled with healthy cheese, herbs with Zaatar and salt Akkawi. You can combine this dish with minced lamb, sour labneh and sweet jam.

Machboos
You will find it similar to “Indian biryani” the only difference is its various spices' combination, which conveniently produce an exquisite taste and sweet aroma, as cheery on top. A mixture of many spices such as saffron, turmeric, cumin and cardamom are the main ingredients used to make this mouth-watering dish.
While experiencing gastronomy in the UAE, you will realize the magic of many secret ingredients such as "'dried lemon." In this dish. The addition of dried lemon enhances the favor and brightens its color.

Luqaimat
It would be wrong not to add LUQAIMAT while talking about the cuisines of the UAE. LUQAIMAT is a very popular yet worthy of fame dish. The deep-fried dumplings soaked in the date syrup, a dreamy sight for foodies. The perfect combination of dates and dumplings are enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Iranian Sangak
Bread is an "any time" kind of meal; that's why it is everyone's favorite. "Iranian Sangak" is very delicious and one of the best foods in the UAE. The best thing about this is that this leavened bread, which is also can be prepared as gluten-free, is considered a very healthy choice for everyone. The UAE GASTRONOMY includes eating this dish with basil and Bulgarian feta.

Tabbouleh
Since the UAE is considered a warm region, you might prefer to take a light meal. Tabbouleh gives you a healthy option because of its many health benefits and exquisite flavor. Now you can give your taste buds a treat without compromising your health.
This salad is made up of cucumbers, tomatoes, lemon juice, green onions, and mints. You do not have to take any tension or worry about energy loss or dehydration. You can also enhance the flavor by adding blueberry to it.

Shirin Polo
Vegetarians don't need to get panicked because UAE has many delicious options for them too. Many top-notch restaurants in the UAE offer delicious vegetarian options for vegetarians, such as shrine polo. This delicacy is prepared from currants, nuts, basmati rice, chicken and raisins.
It’s your choice whether you want to add chicken or not. This is an excellent option to sample for your gastronomy in the UAE. You can have pistachio ice-cream, which is the most popular dessert and choice after this delicious meal.

Falafel
This deep-fried pastry is made up of chickpeas and fava beans, and it's among the one the best foods in the UAE. Although you can find this dish very commonly at places, you must ask the waiter about what ingredient will they add because every restaurant has its unique criteria to prepare falafel. You can have a falafel with baba genus or pita.

Mahalabiya
The warmth of the UAE WILL make you crave sugary foods; for the sweet option, you can try mahalabiya, a very famous local dessert. While conducting your gastronomy in the UAE, you must sample this pudding, which is made up of a rosewater dash and pistachios. It is mostly served as cold, as the warm temperature will destroy the richness of its flavor.