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    Traditional Bahraini Muhammar - Sweet Rice Dish

    Traditional Bahraini Muhammar - Sweet Rice Dish. Photo by Um Safia

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    45 mins

    10 mins

    35 mins

    Um Safia's Note:

    This is one of the most famous Bahraini dishes. It is a sweet rice dish which is typically served with fish. I just wanted to add: this recipe calls for 6 cloves, HOWEVER, I think it REALLY ONLY NEEDS 2 cloves!

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Soak together saffron, cardamom, cloves, and rosewater; leave aside to steep.
    2. 2
      Add rice to 6 cups of lightly salted boiling water: boil to half cooked - about 8 minutes; drain.
    3. 3
      Stir sugar through the hot rice.
    4. 4
      Heat the ghee or butter in the same pan the rice was boiled and add the sweetened rice. Sprinkle the rose water mix on top.
    5. 5
      Cover the rim of pan with a cloth or paper towels and place lid on tightly.
    6. 6
      Cook over very low heat about 20-25 minutes. Transfer to serving platter.
    7. 7
      Top with melted butter.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 21, 2009

      45

      I cut the sugar in half because I was pretty sure that the 1/2 cup of sugar would have been too sweet for me. I didn't have any cardamom pods, so I used cardamom seeds that I crushed with a mortar and pestle. I took the advice of the poster and only used two cloves. I really enjoyed this. It was subtle, lightly perfumed and different than your typical rice side dish. I used Rose Water Homemade - Substitute for the rose water. Thanks for this, it was a lovely change of pace.

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    • on May 20, 2009

      55

      Edit: I just relized you dont add salt but I do add about 1 1/2 tsps sea salt when boiling the rice, but I find salts differ greatly so add to taste. We love this without cinnamon and cloves as I dont find the cinnamon adds anything to the dish and I didnt like the taste of cloves and I used 3 cloves to 1 1/2 cups rice. I Usually use part honey or all honey rather than just sugar. This is absolutely delicious with my modifications served with Kuwaiti Curried Chicken (Quwarmah Ala Dajaj)

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    Nutritional Facts for Traditional Bahraini Muhammar - Sweet Rice Dish

    Serving Size: 1 (87 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 369.0
     
    Calories from Fat 94
    25%
    Total Fat 10.4 g
    16%
    Saturated Fat 5.7 g
    28%
    Cholesterol 22.2 mg
    7%
    Sodium 4.7 mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrate 64.3 g
    21%
    Dietary Fiber 2.1 g
    8%
    Sugars 17.1 g
    68%
    Protein 4.9 g
    9%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    rose water

    cardamom pods

    cloves

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