In this week’s episode of Mama Baba Ganoush, I head to the desert for a real taste of Qatar – a traditional barbecue! The Qatar desert offers a stunning location with its pristine landscape and otherworldly barrenness, and is perfect for grabbing some friends or family for a unique and special day out.
They say that food brings people together, and I was invited by Qatari foodie Khaled Al Rayes (@Khaled_choice) and his family for a true cultural and foodie experience. My adventure started early in the morning buying ingredients and a specially-marinated lamb for Qatar’s classic and popular dish – machboos. It’s a recipe that’s become one of the most beloved dishes in Qatar and uses a blend of aromatic spices, rice, and vegetables for a delicious meal similar to the Indian classic - biryani.
After buying our ingredients and supplies we headed north down the Shamal Road to an isolated spot near Al Khor. Here we set up our camp – including a small majlis – perfect for relaxing and chilling out in the crisp winter sun. It wasn’t long before my hosts set to work – building the fire and preparing the ingredients. It was amazing to watch this labour of love! The whole experience was filled with lots of chatting about culture, people, and Qatar – a fantastic way to learn more about my adopted home country.
Finally, the machboos was ready (Khaled created a twist on this recipe handed down by his family) and the final meal was served on the biggest platter I’ve ever seen in my life – a great way to share a meal among family or friends.
Tips to have an awesome desert barbecue
If you’ve never had a desert barbecue, here are some helpful tips to make your day great!
Thank you to Khaled Al Rayes and his family for being exceptional and generous hosts! It’s an experience I’ll never forget!
Have you ever had a barbecue in the Qatari desert? Or maybe you have some tips for a great day out? Let us know by dropping us a line in the comments below and don’t forget to like and share this video!
(Words by Kim Wyatt)
(Filmed and edited by Darren Martinez)
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