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How to Make Mansaf

This Jordanian Lamb and Rice Dish Will Make Iftar a Hit

Planning to see out Ramadan with a bang by laying on your best Iftar spread yet? Then make sure you include this Jordanian dish in your dinner plans. Mansaf is a combination of rice and lamb (with plenty of other tasty components thrown in there) and it's currently the stand-out dish at the Al Marjan Ramadan Tent in Ras Al Khaimah, catered by the Ritz Carlton Al Wadi.

More than 5,000 guests visited the tent during the first two weeks of Ramadan, thanks to Executive Chef Ludovic Garnier's offerings. Read on for how to recreate this delicious main.


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How to Make Mansaf


  1. 2kg Jameed liquid or dried
    4pcs Lamb Shank
    3tbs Local ghee
    2kg Egyptian rice
    2tsp Turmeric powder
    1liter Lamb Stock
    0.5tsp Cinnamon powder
    1pc Cinnamon stick
    0.5tsp Cardamon powder
    0.5tsp Cardamon seeds
    2pc Dried lime
    2pc Bay leaves
    1liter Laban
    2pc Saj bread
    1liter Water
    Pine nuts
    Chopped Parsley


  1. Soak the rice.
  2. Bring the Lamb shanks to boil with all the dried spices, dried lime and bay leaves (add all to the water).
  3. In a separate pot, boil the Jameed (add water if using dried Jameed), with the ghee and laban, and add the lamb shanks at the end for a second cooking.
  4. Strain the rice, marinate with turmeric powder, add the lamb stock and water and let it cook.
  5. Place the saj bread on the tray, add the jameed sauce (which should look like cooked yogurt) to wet the bread, add the rice, and add the lamb shanks on top of the rice.
  6. Garnish with some chopped parsley and toasted pine nuts.
  7. Serve with the Jameed sauce on the side.
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