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Ramadan 2016 Series: Yas Island Rotana Iftar

Iftar call from Yas island Rotana was nothing short of a memorable experience along a delightful celebration with my loved ones during the holy month. We enjoyed a delectable Iftar buffet, specially prepared with a unique blend of Arabic Ramadan specialties along with our usual favorite at Choices like beef stroganoff & vegetable baked pasta. Their exquisite buffet is inclusive of authentic Ramadan drinks.
All in all it was a great experience, I just found Ouzi lamb a bit dry. But otherwise we took a great delight in an unexpected experience this Ramadan at Choices. You must try an all time favorite of ours, Fatteh! Yas Rotana’s chef Anas shares his personal recipe with Mahiblog readers too.


50g tahini (sesame paste)

300g boiled chick peas

15g crushed garlic

10g fresh parsley

15g cumin powder

50g hummus

150g yoghurt

10g sumac powder

10g salt

10g sumac powder

10g white pepper

30g ghee oil

100g Arabic bread

10g cayenne pepper

30ml lemon juice

20g pine seeds


Start with cutting the Arabic bread in cubes while heating the oven to 175 degrees. Let the bread roast for about 8 minutes. In a large bowl mix yoghurt, lemon juice, tahini, white pepper, hummus and salt and whisk. In the meanwhile boil the chick peas. Arrange the roasted Arabic bread in an even layer on the bottom of a deep serving platter, bowl or casserole dish. Place the hot boiled chickpeas on top of the bread. Now add yoghurt mixture on top. Heat the ghee oil and sprinkle it on top. Add the parsley, cumin powder, sumac powder, cayenne pepper and roasted pine seeds.

Prices at AED 165* you get to enjoy all those essentials of Ramadan food spread. In case you would like to experience Iftar with your family and friends in the privacy of one of their meetings rooms or glamorous ballroom. You may choose from different menus boasting the best regional Middle Eastern cuisine beautifully complemented with traditional Ramadan beverages and relish in an authentic and sumptuous buffet.

For more information or reservations, please call 02 656 4000 or email
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