Ramadan recipes give a taste of Tabuk’s incredible heritage

Ramadan recipes give a taste of Tabuk’s incredible heritage
The Ramadan table in Tabuk contains mjallah, maqtouta, mansaf, grain soup, lentil soup, freekeh soup, mutabbaq, feteer, luqaimat, and kunafa. (SPA)
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Updated 29 April 2021

Ramadan recipes give a taste of Tabuk’s incredible heritage

Ramadan recipes give a taste of Tabuk’s incredible heritage

JEDDAH: A history of civilizations stretching back thousands of years, along with a distinctive landscape and terrain, have left the Tabuk region in Saudi Arabia’s northwest with a host of popular dishes that are central to its everyday culture.
But during the holy month many dishes take on a special significance as residents of Tabuk, its governorates and centers prepare the Ramadan table with iftar and suhoor meals, such as mjallah or khamiaa, a saj dough made from wheat.
The dough is cut once ready and has ghee or olive oil, milk and honey added.
Maqtouta is another dish also known as mouqalqal or hamis, while mansaf are dishes made of meat or chicken with rice and bread, and served for sahoor.
The Ramadan table in Tabuk also contains a grain soup. Wheat is soaked overnight, then water is added, along with meat and onions. Special spices or herbs, such is black pepper and Artemisia argentea, can be added, then water is gradually added while constantly stirring. When the grain is cooked, some families add milk to increase the soup’s nutritional value. The mix is then stirred and served.
Lentil soup, another favorite, is prepared by pouring water over the lentils with vegetables added to taste, until they are cooked. The ingredients are then mashed and served as soup.
Freekeh soup is also made with wheat. Green ears of wheat are picked around six weeks before harvest, then grilled to separate the grains from the peel. Afterward, the grains are ground with millstones and cooked with water along with meat, salt and black pepper.
Some cities on the region’s coasts are known for mutabbaq, a dough cut into rectangles and stuffed with chopped leek, eggs, tomatoes, black pepper and salt. The sides are then well-folded before they are cooked on saj (a convex metal griddle) and flipped until golden.
The Tabuk table is also famous for feteer, which is made from wheat flour, water and salt, and then cooked on saj, with some ghee added when served.
Desserts are also part of the variety of dishes adorning Ramadan tables, most notably luqaimat, a dough kneaded by hand until it becomes consistent and soft.
The dough is put in a hot place for some time, then small pieces are shaped into balls, fried in hot oil and constantly flipped until they become golden. Some people add to them sesame and honey.
Kunafa, a well-known dessert in the Arab world, is made of two layers of equally small vermicelli with cream/cheese in between. It is decorated with pistachios and cooked in the oven with sugar syrup on top once served.


Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases

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Updated 12 May 2021

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 13 COVID-19 deaths, 1,020 new cases
  • The Kingdom said 908 patients recovered in past 24 hours
  • The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 342

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded 13 new COVID-19 related deaths on Wednesday, raising the total number of fatalities to 7,111.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 1,020 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 429,389 people have now contracted the disease. 
Of the total number of cases, 9,268 remain active and 1,352 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 342, followed by Makkah with 276, the Eastern Province with 133, Madinah recorded 56 and Asir confirmed 55 cases.
The health ministry also announced that 908 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 413,010.

The ministry renewed its call on the public to register to receive the vaccine, and adhere to the measures and abide by instructions, especially during the Eid Al-FItr holiday, which starts on Thursday.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 160 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 3.33 million.


Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister
Updated 44 min 20 sec ago

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

Saudi Arabia supports India to help combat COVID-19 — foreign minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan on Wednesday telephoned his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Saudi Press Agency reported.
During the call, Prince Faisal affirmed the Kingdom stands in solidarity with India to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

They also discussed bilateral relations, aspects of joint cooperation between the two countries, and regional and international developments.

 


King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem
Updated 12 May 2021

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem

King Salman: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel’s actions, violence in Jerusalem
  • Speaking in a call with Pakistani PM Imran Khan, king says Saudi Arabia stands by the Palestinian people

RIYADH: King Salman said Saudi Arabia condemned Israel’s actions in Jerusalem and the acts of violence committed by Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque.
His comments came during a phone call with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday to discuss the Israeli attacks in Jerusalem, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
King Salman said the Kingdom stands by the Palestinian people in order to obtain their legitimate rights.
During the call, Khan extended greetings to the king on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr, which starts on Thursday. The king thanked the premier and reciprocated the sentiments.
They also discussed the “distinguished relations between their two countries, and reviewed the latest regional and international developments.”


Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings with leaders of Muslim nations

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Updated 58 min 26 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings with leaders of Muslim nations

Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince exchange Eid Al-Fitr greetings with leaders of Muslim nations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday sent cables of congratulations to leaders of Islamic countries, extending greetings on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr.
In response, the king and crown prince received similar cables from leaders of Muslim countries, thanking them and extending good wishes and sincere greetings, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Eid Al-Fitr, or Festival of Breaking the Fast, is celebrated by Muslims all over the world following the fasting month of Ramadan, which ends on Wednesday. Eid will start on Thursday.
Meanwhile, King Salman received a phone call from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, congratulating him on Eid Al-Fitr.
The king expressed his thanks to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed for the sincere sentiments.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also received a similar call from his Abu Dhabi counterpart.
The king also received calls from Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq
Updated 12 May 2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman directs donation to rebuild Ibn Al-Khatib hospital in Iraq
  • Saudi embassy in Baghdad said the gesture was a gift from King Salman to the Iraqi people
  • At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured after a fire broke out on April 24

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered to rebuild a hospital in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, that was destroyed in a fire.
At least 82 people were killed and 110 injured after a fire broke out on April 24 at the Ibn Al-Khatib hospital that was designated for COVID-19 patients.
The Saudi embassy in Iraq made the announcement of the king’s directives “based on the ties of brotherhood, good neighborliness, and the historical relations between the two countries and peoples,” SPA said.
The embassy said the gesture was a gift from King Salman to the Iraqi people and to stand by them following the hospital fire incident.
Saudi Arabia also said it will take on critical cases to provide them with medical care in the Kingdom’s hospitals at the king’s expense.