Qatari Lasagne: Thareed
Thareed is one of the most popular dishes in Qatar and it’s often made during Ramadan. The dish is a combination of vegetables (such as carrots, potatoes, and beans), meat, and a sauce. This specific recipe uses lamb meat, but you can make it with chicken or simply vegetables if you prefer that. Additionally, the recipe uses bread in the dish. Traditionally Tannour bread has been used, but nowadays it’s also common to use tortilla bread.
Now, if like me you’re wondering that this sounds more like a stew – where does the “lasagne” part come in? Well, the bread is not used as something on the side while eating thareed. Instead, the bread is layered at the bottom of the dish and soaked with the stew, making the bread soft and full of flavour. It seems that the layering is what gives the dish its unofficial “lasagne” name.
How did it go?
First of all – please try not to get intimidated by the number of ingredients listed in the recipe. Most of them are different veggies and spices and each one compliments the dish perfectly. Fair warning, though – the preparation will take quite some time. Unless you can get nicely cut up veggies from somewhere, take the time it takes to do all this manually into consideration. It’s all entirely worth it, though! Additionally, you can either buy the bread listed in the recipe (if you can get it locally) or make one yourself. I chose latter – check out the Khubz recipe here.
Since I made it during a quarantine, I did not have a possibility to go to a market and buy lamb meat from there. I got my lamb from the general store and I’m not 100% sure it was the correct “piece” of the lamb (there was literally only one option). Nevertheless, it gave the stew some really nice flavour. From my dish, I left out the black lemon powder (loomi aswad), because I simply did not find it from the stores here. I also left out the fresh coriander – just because I REALLY can’t stand the taste.
Overall? I highly recommend trying thareed – there were SO many flavours when taking each bite and, honestly, it was delicious!
Have you tried some version of the recipe? Did you make anything differently? How did you like it? Let me know down in the comments!
P.S. If you’re interested, check out my post about Qatar, as well as other recipes I tried:
Note: in the “Around the World” challenges, I try to find the most authentic recipes available. I will not make adjustments myself, other than converting the measurements and possibly giving some additional tips in the steps. This way, you’ll get the same traditional experience when trying yourself! 🙂