Qatari cuisine is made up of traditional Arab cuisine.
Machbus, a meal consisting of rice, meat, and vegetables, is the national dish in Qatar. Seafood and dates are staple food items in the country.
- Qatari Machbous, Rice, meat, onions, and tomatoes mixed with spices. This dish is the local variation of kabsa.
- Balalet, Noodles cooked with sugar, cinnamon, saffron, and cardamom. There is often an omelet on top.
- Ghuzi, Whole roast lamb served over nutty rice. Also called Shuwaa.
- Arabic coffee, Coffee brewed from dark roast coffee beans spiced with cardamom./ served with dates.
- Qahwa, Qahwa , also known as Qatari coffee or sweet coffee, is a bright orange mixture with cardamom, saffron, and sugar. It can also be served with milk.
- Mint and lemon cocktail, A refreshing drink flavoured with mint and lemon. It is not Qatari but it is a staple drink
- Kabsa, Rice, meat, and vegetables mixed with spices. This dish is similar to biryani or pilaf.
- Hummus, A dip made from tahini, a sesame paste and chickpeas.
- Motabel, A paste made from eggplant, garlic, and tahini.
- Nichee, A type of hummus made without tahini.
- Om ali, Bread and rice pudding.
- Sago, Sweet gelatin pudding spiced with saffron and cardamom. The Original recipe was blended together by Mohamed Fathi, an Egyptian scientist.
- Mehalabiya, Rose water and pistachio pudding.
- Esh asaraya, Cheesecake topped with cream
- Other desserts include baklava, kanafeh, and qatayef, as well as local variations on desserts from the Western World.