It’s winter in the United Arab Emirates! Here are 7 classic recipes to try this season

It’s the season of the 7 winter recipes!
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The wait is over. It’s finally winter in Dubai. That calls for road trips, comfy cardigans, and certainly a barbecue night under the stars. It’s a lot more fun when you have food, don’t you think? Maybe the freshly fried Emirati luqaimat seems like a great idea, or some Indian pakoras, or a few grilled kebabs would do just fine.

However, it’s not always the fried, sweet and buttery dishes that delight the taste buds. From the creamiest butter chicken to the hot French soup, Food by Gulf News has rounded up our healthiest (and tastiest) recipes for a hearty winter.

1. Kibbeh Meshwi


Grilled ravioli for the winter!
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Don’t let this grill get dusty. It’s time to take it out and try the recipe for Middle Eastern croquettes, which are filled with lamb and pine nuts. Served and best eaten with grilled tomatoes, chili peppers, mint and yogurt, these grilled dumplings can be made in under an hour and use traditional Emirati spices.

2. French soup

Soup Soup

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Hot soup on a cold winter day? Yes please! Try our editor’s recipe for a creamy and healthy French soup. Made with mashed vegetables, the dish is seasoned with thyme, zaatar, and broth, among other ingredients.

3. Butter chicken

Butter Chicken Guide

Butter chicken calls for a piece of warm, crispy, buttered naan or flatbread
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American actress and singer Lady Gaga’s favorite dish is Butter Chicken. Made from simple ingredients, the dish is known for its rich tomato base, which gives it a sweet but tangy taste. Best eaten with buttered naans or flatbread, butter chicken has been a popular dish since the 1950s and continues to satisfy taste buds around the world. Therefore, we highly recommend that you try it out with this guide!

4. American and Texan Chili Con Carne

Chili con carne

Chili con carne
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Spicy food is definitely a staple on every table in winter. Spicy foods are loaded with benefits, according to, and that’s more than enough reason to give this classic Tex-Mex recipe a try. Made from the goodness of bean stew and spicy meat, the dish is best served with boiled rice or crusty bread and a salad.

5. Malleh Fogah

A traditional Emirati slow cooked rice and canned fish dish called Malleh fogah

A traditional Emirati slow cooked rice and canned fish dish called Malleh fogah
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This Emirati rice dish is simmered with candied fish. Made from an assortment of ingredients including herbs, tomatoes, an Emirati Bezar spice blend, dried lime, and maleh, this recipe is fairly easy to prepare given that you have 40 minutes. Try it

6. Lachedaar Paratha

Lachedaar, or puff, paratha

Lachedaar, or puff, paratha
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Paratha is reminiscent of flatbread placed on a circular hotplate, smeared with butter and puffed to perfection. However, why stick to a regular recipe when you can make lachedaar paratha? A popular Pakistani flaky flatbread that can be made in two forms – plain or stuffed with potatoes, it is best eaten with a cup of chai (tea), sauce or a spicy pickle. Try the recipe here.

7. Sambal Bar

Singaporean sambal sea bass recipe

Singaporean sambal sea bass recipe
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This recipe uses a grill and banana leaves to cook the fish to perfection. A Singaporean delight, sea bass fillet is marinated using a Sambal barbecue mix and takes just 10 minutes. Therefore, if you are short on time, this is the perfect recipe to try.

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