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Murraq

Murraq is an Arab stew that may feature lamb, chicken, or fish. The Emirati version is normally cooked with onions, garlic, and a variety of seasonings. This common dish is served hot with rice or bread, and is a favorite during Ramadan. Recipe Serving: Serves 8–10
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 40 minutes
Vegetarian
Vegan
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Kosher
Halal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (450 g) lamb, cubed
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) cayenne
  • 2 whole loomi (dried limes)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) bezar
  • 1/2 lb (225 g) rice
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) boiling water
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oil. Sauté onions until browned.
  2. Add garlic and spices, and sauté for a few minutes, taking care that the spices do not stick or burn.
  3. Add meat, and sauté for a few minutes until meat is completely coated with spices.
  4. Add boiling water, cover, and simmer about 2 hours, or until meat is tender.
  5. Remove cinnamon stick and loomi before serving.
  6. Serve hot, with rice.

Notes

Vegetables may be added after the liquid, including: up to 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed; up to 2 carrots, peeled and sliced; 1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped.