Bahraini Sweet Rice (Muhammar)

Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 26 mins

Modified from The Complete Middle East Cookbook By Tess Mallos. This is a beautiful accompaniment to Kuwaiti Curried Chicken (Quwarmah Ala Dajaj).

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl or Arabian coffee cup (perfect size) put saffron, rose water and the cardamom.
  2. Wash the white Basmati rice until the water runs clear.
  3. In a large heavy pot boil the water.
  4. Stir in salt and rice and return water to a boil stirring occasionally.
  5. Boil uncovered for 8 minutes.
  6. Drain.
  7. Melt the butter or ghee in the same pan the rice was cooked. Add the rice back in with sugar and or honey.
  8. Sprinkle the rose water and spices on top of the rice.
  9. Using the end of a wooden spoon, make 3 small holes in the rice.
  10. Cover the pan with a paper towel and place lid tightly on top.
  11. Cook over low heat about 20 minutes, until done. (I personally leave the dish on one of the vents from the oven to my stove which is underneath when the oven is preheated at 325F until serving up to 2 hours later).
  12. Please try this dish with Recipe #372093 because they go extremely well together.
  13. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

My children have never had rice made this way and were quite leery of it at first. After a few bites they decided that they enjoyed it! Made with sugar and ghee. Made for 1-2-3 Tag.

mary winecoff March 29, 2010

All those wonderful flavors coming together as one! This recipe has some of my most favorite spices, too. Used local honey, local butter and unbleached white sugar. Very delicious! Served with Turkish meatballs, za'atar rolls and a simple tossed spinach salad. Thank you! The house smells lovely!

COOKGIRl January 20, 2010