The wait is over. It’s finally winter in Dubai. It requires road trips, cozy cardigans and definitely a barbecue under the stars. It’s a lot more fun when you have food involved, don’t you think? Maybe freshly fried Emirati luqaimat seems like a good idea, or Indian pakoras, or a few grilled kebabs would do just fine.
However, it is not always fried, sugary and buttery dishes that make your taste buds happy. From the most creamy butter chicken to warm French potage, Food by Gulf News compiled our healthiest (and most delicious) recipes for a solid winter.
1. Kibbeh Meshwi
Do not let the grill dust. It’s time to take it out and try the recipe for Middle Eastern croquettes stuffed with lamb and pine nuts. Served and eaten best with grilled tomatoes, chili, mint and yoghurt, these grilled dumplings can be made in under an hour and use traditional Emirati spices.
2. French potage
A hot soup on a cold winter day? Yes please! Try our editor’s recipe for creamy, healthy French potage. Made with pureed vegetables, the dish is spiced with thyme, zaatar and broth, among other things.
3. Grease chicken
American actress and singer Lady Gaga’s favorite dish is butter chicken. The dish is made from simple ingredients and is known for its rich tomato base, which gives it a sweet but sour taste. Best eaten with buttered naan or flatbread, butter chicken is a dish that has been popular since the 1950s and continues to satisfy taste buds worldwide. Therefore, we clearly recommend that you try it with this guide!
4. American and Texan chili con carne
Spicy food is definitely a must-have on any table when winter comes. According to webmd.com, spicy food comes packed with benefits, and that’s more than enough reason for you to try this classic Tex-Mex recipe. The dish is made from the goodness of the bean stew and spicy meat, and the dish tastes best when accompanied by cooked rice or crispy bread and a salad.
5. Malleh Fogah
This Emirati rice dish is slowly cooked with canned fish. Made using a variety of ingredients, which include herbs, tomatoes, Emirati bezar spice blend, dried lime and malleh, this recipe is pretty easy to make as you have 40 minutes to spare. Try it
6. Lachedaar Paratha
Paratha brings to mind flatbread placed on a round baking sheet, greased with butter and fluffed to perfection. But why stick to a common recipe when you can make lachedaar paratha? A popular Pakistani flagged flatbread that can be made can be made in two forms – plain or stuffed with potatoes, it is best eaten when combined with a cup of chai (tea), a sauce or spicy pickling. Try the recipe here.
7. Sambal sea bass
This recipe uses a grill and banana leaves to cook the fish to perfection. A Singaporean delight, the sea bass fillet is marinated with a Sambal grill mixture and takes only 10 minutes. Therefore, if you are short on time, this is the perfect recipe to try.
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