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Mediterranean Magic: Indulge in Mansaf Delights


About the Dish:

Mansaf is the national dish of Jordan and is considered a symbol of Jordanian hospitality. It is a traditional Bedouin dish that consists of lamb cooked in a yogurt sauce and served over rice. The dish is usually garnished with almonds and pine nuts, and traditionally, it is served on a large platter. Mansaf is usually served at special occasions and celebrations, and it is also a popular dish during Ramadan.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 28g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 145mg
Sodium 550mg
Total Carbohydrates 65g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 3g
Protein 35g


Ingredient Quantity
Lamb shoulder 2 pounds
Plain yogurt 2 cups
Rice 2 cups
Onions 2 medium
Garlic 4 cloves
Pine nuts 1/4 cup
Almonds 1/4 cup
Vegetable oil 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the lamb shoulder and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the lamb from the pot and set it aside.
  • Step 2: In the same pot, add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
  • Step 3: Return the lamb to the pot and add the plain yogurt. Stir well to combine. Add enough water to cover the lamb. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the lamb is tender.
  • Step 4: While the lamb is cooking, prepare the rice according to package instructions.
  • Step 5: In a small skillet, heat some vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and almonds and cook until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Step 6: Once the lamb is tender, remove it from the pot and set it aside. Skim any fat from the surface of the sauce and discard.
  • Step 7: To serve, arrange the cooked rice on a large platter. Place the lamb on top of the rice and pour the sauce over it. Garnish with the toasted pine nuts and almonds.

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