Bahraini Sweet Rice (Muhammar)
43 mins (prep 15, cooking 28)
9 ingredients
4 servings
Wonderful, aromatic and flavourful! The best Muhammar I have made and I have tried a number! Very important to use a cast iron pan or heavy pan and lots of butter to form the crust part properly, this makes it way more flavourful as well. This is very good served with Gulf Arabian fish or shrimp dishes as it is traditional. Modified from a recipe found on A great example this rice goes with is Fish in Persian Sweet-And-Sour Sauce.

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  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed in cold water
  • 1/4 cup date molasses (date syrup, dibs tamar in arabic, found in middle eastern shops)
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron, ground (i use a mortar and pestle. iranian saffron is definitely superior in taste and colour)
  • 1/4 tablespoon cardamom, freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon rose water (i prefer iranian, i find flower waters vary quite a bit in quality)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter, a lot is needed to form the sought after crust (or ghee, (or more)


Serving Size (101.86 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 390.1 Calories from Fat 111.24
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.36g 76.09%
Saturated Fat 7.68g 153.56%
Trans Fat 0.48g %
Cholesterol 31.8mg 42.4%
Sodium 103.77mg 17.3%
Total Carbohydrate 67.07g 89.43%
Dietary Fiber 2.65 g 42.42%
Sugars 25.58 g %
Protein 3.75g 29.98%
Vitamin A 391.87IU% Vitamin C 0.23mg%
Calcium 61.28mg% Iron 3.38mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
rose water