Fata Recipe: Traditional Kuwaiti Dish


Fata Recipe: Traditional Kuwaiti Dish
Region / culture: Kuwait | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 2 hours | Servings: 6



Fata is a traditional Middle Eastern dish that consists of tender pieces of meat, rice, and bread soaked in a flavorful broth. This dish is hearty, comforting, and perfect for a satisfying meal.


Fata has been a popular dish in Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. It is believed to have originated in the Levant region and has since spread to other parts of the Middle East. The dish is often served during special occasions and gatherings, as it is considered a celebratory meal.


How to prepare

  1. Cut the lamb into 1-inch cubes and place them in a large pot with 6 cups of water.
  2. Slowly bring it to a boil, skimming occasionally.
  3. Add the onion, salt, and pepper.
  4. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 1.5 hours or until the meat is tender but not falling apart.
  5. Meanwhile, wash and drain the rice.
  6. In a medium saucepan, boil one cup of water and add 1 tbsp of ghee and 0.5 tsp of salt, then add the rice.
  7. Bring it back to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  8. Cover and simmer over low heat for 15–20 minutes until the rice is tender.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat from the cooking liquid.
  10. In a separate skillet, melt 1 tbsp of ghee, add the meat, and fry it for a few minutes.
  11. Remove from heat.
  12. Set it aside and keep it warm.
  13. In the same frying pan used for the meat, melt 0.25 cup of ghee over medium-high heat.
  14. Add the garlic and sauté until it begins to take on color.
  15. Remove the skillet from heat.
  16. Stir the vinegar into the skillet.
  17. Return to heat and boil for a few seconds.
  18. Set this mixture aside.
  19. Place 1 round of toasted khoubiz in a large casserole or soup tureen.
  20. Spoon some of the garlic mixture over the bread, then add half of the cooked rice.
  21. Pour some of the soup broth over the top of this.
  22. Place the second round of toasted bread, then the remaining rice.
  23. Place the fried lamb cubes on top of the rice.
  24. Top this off with the remaining garlic mixture.
  25. Pour the remaining soup broth over this.
  26. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.


  • You can use chicken or beef instead of lamb for a different flavor.
  • Add chickpeas or vegetables to make the dish more hearty and nutritious.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to skim the broth while cooking the meat to remove any impurities and ensure a clear and flavorful broth.

- Toasting the khoubiz (Arabic flatbread) adds a delicious crunch and flavor to the dish.

- Frying the meat before assembling the dish adds a rich and savory flavor to the final dish.

Serving Suggestions

Fata is traditionally served hot with a side of yogurt or a fresh salad.

Cooking Techniques

Slowly simmering the meat ensures that it is tender and flavorful.

- Toasting the khoubiz adds a delicious crunch to the dish.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use olive oil instead of butter for a healthier option.

- Use brown rice instead of white rice for added fiber and nutrients.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the broth and meat ahead of time and assemble the dish just before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Fata in a large casserole dish or soup tureen for a beautiful presentation. Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Fata pairs well with a side of tabbouleh salad or a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Fata contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Fata contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Fata contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Fata contains approximately 25 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Fata is a good source of iron, vitamin B12, and zinc.


Fata contains wheat (in the khoubiz) and may contain traces of nuts and dairy.


Fata is a balanced dish that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals, making it a nutritious meal option.


Fata is a delicious and comforting Middle Eastern dish that is perfect for a special occasion or gathering. With tender meat, flavorful broth, and fluffy rice, this dish is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still recall the sense of amazement I felt when I first saw this recipe for Fata. It was a hot summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Fatima in her beautiful home in the countryside. Fatima was known for her delicious cooking, and she had promised to teach me some of her secret recipes during my stay.

As we sat in her cozy kitchen, sipping on mint tea and chatting about life, Fatima suddenly pulled out a worn and tattered recipe book from her cupboard. She flipped through the pages with a smile on her face, and finally landed on a page that seemed to be well-loved and stained with years of use.

"This," she said, pointing to the recipe for Fata, "is one of my favorite dishes to make. It's a traditional Lebanese dish that my grandmother used to make for us when we were children. Would you like to learn how to make it?"

I nodded eagerly, my curiosity piqued by the exotic name and the promise of a delicious meal. Fatima began to explain the recipe to me, her hands moving gracefully as she described each step in detail. The ingredients were simple yet flavorful – tender chunks of lamb, fragrant spices, creamy yogurt, and crispy pieces of bread.

As we cooked together, Fatima shared stories of her childhood and her family's traditions. She spoke of the time spent in her grandmother's kitchen, watching and learning as the older women prepared meals with love and care. I could see the nostalgia in her eyes as she stirred the pot, her movements confident and precise.

After hours of simmering and stirring, the Fata was finally ready. The aroma that wafted through the kitchen was intoxicating, a heady mix of spices and herbs that made my mouth water. Fatima ladled the stew into bowls and sprinkled it with toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley, a finishing touch that added a burst of color and flavor.

We sat down at the table, our hands reaching for the steaming bowls of Fata. As I took my first bite, I was transported to another world – a world of ancient traditions and cherished memories. The lamb was tender and succulent, the spices perfectly balanced, and the yogurt added a creamy richness that tied everything together.

As we ate, Fatima and I laughed and talked, our friendship deepening with each spoonful of Fata. I felt grateful for the opportunity to learn from her, to be a part of her culinary legacy. And as we finished our meal, I knew that this recipe would become a cherished part of my own repertoire, a reminder of a special day spent in the kitchen with a dear friend.

And so, every time I make Fata now, I think of Fatima and our shared love of cooking. I remember the warmth of her kitchen, the laughter we shared, and the delicious meal we created together. And I am grateful for the gift of this recipe, passed down through generations and now a part of my own culinary journey.


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