Omani Food: Chicken Maraq

Thursday 23rd, April 2015 / 12:33 Written by
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Omani Food: Chicken Maraq

An Omani table will never be complete without seafood to create a spread that is truly rich in taste and nutrition. Fresh fish, shrimp and the very finest bounties of the sea are prepared to delightful perfection. What makes Omani cuisine deliciously distinctive is the way it borrows Asian tastes and flavors and incorporates them into typical Omani dishes to make it appealing and appetizing to every palate.

To enjoy an Omani meal is to taste the very essence of this beautiful country. It’s healthy balance of vegetables, meat and rice, infused with the mouth-watering aromas, delicious tastes and appealing presentation make it a cuisine that is unmatched in flavor and nutrition. Truly, the people of Oman and their guests are favored with food.


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 medium onion or 125 g, chopped
  • 1 whole chicken, skinned, cut into 8 pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2½ tablespoons omani mixed spicess
  • 2 medium tomatoes or 300 g, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 dried limes, cut into halves
  • 2 cubes Chicken Stock
  • ½ cup coriander leaves or 35 g, jiljilan, chopped
  • 5 cups water or 1250 ml
  • 3 medium potatoes or 750 g, peeled and cut into large cube 


Heat the ghee in a large pot, cook onion for 4-5 minutes or until they become golden color.

Add chicken and cook for 5 more minutes. Add the garlic, Omani mix spices, tomatoes, tomato paste, dried limes, MAGGI Chicken Stock cubes and coriander. Stir for 2 minutes.

Add water and bring to boil then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes or until chicken is almost cooked.

Add the potatoes and simmer for additional 15-20 minutes or until potatoes and chicken are cooked.


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