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Majestic Mansaf: Savory Jordanian Delight


About the Dish:

Mansaf is the national dish of Jordan and is a traditional Jordanian dish that is typically served on special occasions and gatherings. It is a delicious and flavorsome dish that combines tender lamb meat, fragrant rice, and a rich and creamy yogurt sauce. The dish is usually served on a large platter and shared among family and friends, making it a communal and festive meal.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 120mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 50g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 25g


Ingredient Quantity
Lamb meat 1 kg
Rice 2 cups
Yogurt 2 cups
Ghee or clarified butter 1/2 cup
Almonds 1/2 cup

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Start by cooking the lamb meat in a large pot. Add water, salt, and a few whole spices such as cloves, cardamom, and cinnamon to enhance the flavor. Let the meat simmer until it becomes tender and succulent.
  • Step 2: While the meat is cooking, prepare the rice. Rinse it thoroughly and then soak it in water for about 30 minutes. Drain the water and set the rice aside.
  • Step 3: Once the meat is cooked, remove it from the pot and set it aside. In a separate bowl, mix the yogurt with a little bit of water to make it smooth and creamy. Then, slowly add the yogurt mixture to the pot with the meat broth, stirring constantly to prevent the yogurt from curdling.
  • Step 4: Return the meat to the pot with the yogurt sauce and let it simmer together for another 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Step 5: In a separate pan, melt the ghee or clarified butter and toast the almonds until they become golden brown and fragrant. Set the toasted almonds aside.
  • Step 6: Assemble the dish by placing the cooked rice on a large platter. Arrange the tender lamb meat on top of the rice and pour the yogurt sauce over everything. Finally, sprinkle the toasted almonds on top.
  • Step 7: Mansaf is traditionally eaten with the hands, so dig in and enjoy this delicious and festive Jordanian dish!

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