Ba7-7ari - Meat With Rice (Bahrain)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

For Welcome to Bahrain Tag Game! "This is a traditional Bahraini dish that is quite easy to make. Ba7ari comes from the root word Ba7ar which means sea. I'm not sure why its called this..." Modified from a recipe found on,

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rub meat with spices.
  2. Fry in cooking oil until browned on all sides. (I love to use a cast iron pan for this part).
  3. Remove to plate.
  4. Fry onions and garlic in same pan until very soft, adding tomatoes part way through so they get cooked as well.
  5. Add meat to a large pot along with tomato mixture, add in tomato paste, mix thoroughly.
  6. Add water to cover, pierced dried limes and salt to taste.
  7. Bring to the boil.
  8. Simmer covered on low until meat is tender.
  9. Remove liquid so that the amount of liquid left in the pot is what you would usually cook rice inches.
  10. Add soaked white basmati rice.
  11. Simmer covered until the rice is done.
Most Helpful

YUM!! I used about 1.5lb stew beef. I used Engrossed's Gulf Spices (Ibzar) which I didn't find to be too spicy. I increased the rice to 1.25c. I added 4c water & didn't remove any when I added the rice; it came out just right. Next time I will just double the whole thing. This family of chowhounds DEVOURED the whole thing! I had 3 bowls myself. ;) Seriously tasty food. What do I do with the dried limes at the end of cooking? They get all mooshy - do I stir the bits in or remove them before they fall apart? I kind of squished the juice out then removed them. Thank you!!

Elmotoo May 09, 2012