Soak in the Arabia heritage with these traditional dishes!

By Muja Abdul Aziz

Food plays a very important role in Saudi culture and is seen as a symbol of hospitality. If you’re planning a trip to Saudi, don’t miss out on the chance to try these delicacies!

A key component of visiting a different country is to immerse oneself in its culture and to explore their local cuisine.  And when you are planning a trip to Saudi, your taste buds won’t be disappointed at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

 Ideally eaten for breakfast


This is a simple dish made of gently poached eggs in a delicious chunky tomato and bell pepper sauce, with onions, olive oil, paprika, and cumin. This addictive breakfast option is also gluten-free, which is excellent news for visitors with celiac disease.


In the Arab world, the word “ka’ak” itself can refer to a variety of breads and biscuits. The most popular variation of Ka’ak is the bread rings. This tasty treat is a soft ring-shaped bread with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. Breakfast frequently includes ka’ak, which is best enjoyed with a cup of tea.

Suitable for Lunch


Kabsa is a beloved dish in Saudi that consists of rice and your choice of beef, chicken or lamb. This meal is regarded as a signature dish across the Arabian Peninsula. It is served piping hot on a large platter with other condiments.

Ruz Bukhari

Another beloved dish the reflects the rich heritage of Saudi. Ruz Bukhari is fragrant rice best enjoyed with chicken. The dish is enriched with anise, cumin, nutmeg, and coriander seeds . Additionally, raisins and fried onions are usually used as garnish.

Thoroughly enjoyed during dinner


Officially the national dish of Saudi, Jareesh is one of the oldest and most beloved dishes nationwide, it holds a special place during Ramadan and winter season for its nutritious values. This delectable dish is prepared with boiled and crushed wheat, rice, meat and flavored with some spices like parsley, cumin, and coriander. Jareesh is also the root of Haleem, a famous stew and street treat in Pakistan, Turkey, India, and other Middle Eastern and Asian countries.


This delicious dish finds its origination in pre-Islamic times and was said to be among Prophet Mohammed’s favorite foods. Thareed can be enjoyed as a dip, or Ravioli-style to your preference.

Source: Visit Saudi & La Cademie