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Muhammar (Bahrain)

Muhammar is a popular Bahraini dish made with sugar, honey, rose water, and cardamom. It is very sweet and pairs well as a side with fish or can even be enjoyed eaten alone.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bahrain
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings


  • 2 cups Basmati Rice , washed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 + 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  • 2 Tbsp rose water
  • 1 Tbsp salt


  • Mix saffron into rose water
  • Boil 6 cups of water on the stove in a large saucepan. Once boiling, add rice. Mix well, then cook for about 8 minutes, uncovered. Rice should only be about half cooked. Drain. 
  • Heat 1/3 cup of ghee in the saucepan. Add rice.
  • Pour sugar, honey, cardamom, saffron, and rose water over the rice and mix. 
  • Use the handle end of a wooden spoon to put three holes in the rice mixture. Coat paper towels in water  and lay around the rim of the pot. Once the lid is on, this will create steam to help cook the rice. 
  • Cover and cook the rice on a very low heat for 10-15 minutes. Do not stir. 
  • Transfer to serving platter and pour 1/4 cup of melted ghee over the rice. Pieces of the rice should be crunchy! Enjoy! 


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