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Warm Up Your Winter with Saudi Comfort Food: A Hearty Bowl of Marqouq.

As the winter chill sets in, there’s nothing quite like cozying up with a steaming bowl of comfort food. In this edition of our homemade recipe, we’re bringing the flavors of Saudi Arabia to your kitchen with a delightful dish known as Margouq – a hug in a bowl that promises to warm your heart.

The Essence of Margouq

Margouq, a traditional Saudi dish, is a celebration of simple ingredients harmoniously coming together. It typically features a base of thin flatbread soaked in a flavorful broth, creating a soul-satisfying experience with every spoonful.

Step-by-Step Preparation:

  1. Start by sautéing finely chopped onions and garlic until golden brown.
  2. Add diced tomatoes and let them simmer until they break down, creating a rich base.
  3. Sprinkle in the aromatic spices, allowing them to infuse the mixture with warmth.
  4. Pour in the broth and let the flavors meld together into a fragrant elixir.
  5. Tear the thin flatbread into bite-sized pieces and gently fold them into the simmering broth.
  6. Continue to cook until the bread absorbs the savory essence of the broth, creating a comforting and hearty consistency.
  7. Garnish with fresh herbs for a pop of color and a burst of flavor.

Serving Suggestions:

Margouq is best enjoyed hot, straight from the pot to your bowl. Pair it with a side of glass of laban or a squeeze of lemon to elevate the taste. This Saudi winter classic is perfect for family gatherings or a solo evening by the fireplace.

Final Thoughts:

Embrace the spirit of Saudi cuisine this winter with Margouq, a bowl of warmth and tradition. Whether you’re seeking solace on a chilly day or aiming to impress your guests, this homemade recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Stay tuned for more Saudi winter recipes that bring the heartwarming flavors of the Middle East to your home. Happy cooking!

Saudi Marqouq

Saudi Arabian marqouq is a stew made with meat (usually lamb or chicken), vegetables, and spices. The stew is simmered until the meat is tender and the vegetables are soft then poured on flatbread.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Resting time25 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
main dish
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 292kcal


1 pressure cooker


  • 1 chicken (skinless boneless, cut in 6 parts)
  • 4 marqouq bread (cut into bite-sized pieces)


  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium tomato (half chopped and half diced)
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled and diced)
  • 2 medium zucchini (peeled and diced)
  • 2 small eggplants (peeled and diced)
  • 1 medium squash (peeled and diced)


  • 2 teaspoons mixed spices
  • 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 2 pieces black lemons (loomi)
  • 2 bay leaves


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato, spices, and bay leaves and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the chicken and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables and stir to combine. Pour in enough water to cover the ingredients by about 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.
  • Stir in the flatbread pieces and simmer for 10 minutes more, or until the flatbread is softened.
  • Serve hot.



Serving: 1Bowl | Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 794mg | Potassium: 1712mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 25562IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 4mg


Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



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