Jordanian Mansaf (National Dish of Jordan)

The Jordanian Mansaf Recipe is a special treat for everyone. MANSAF is purely a unique dish to cook and to taste. It is also known as a traditional dish of Jordan. 


MANSAF is also known as Lamb Meat cooked in the Sauce.

Jordanian Mansaf can be served at any event, from normal gatherings to wedding events, either on happy occasions or sad.


Jordanian Mansaf Recipe


Mansaf is a popular dish across many countries; specifically in the Middle East. It is famous from KSA to Palestine.


A plate full of MANSAF is an easy task to feed many people in one go. Originally this recipe is a combination of meat, rice, and bread.

Mostly I use lamb meat in the recipe of Jordanian Mansaf, but you can use beef too.


Things require for Jordanian Mansaf Recipe

As you all know MANSAF is a national dish of Jordan. So the ingredients required for this hearty meal are very simple. The ingredients are among those that are always available in your kitchen.

Ø  For Lamb Meat

·         1.5 kg of lamb meat, preferably bone-in meat.

·         Water for boiling the lamb

·         Some bay leaves

·         One normal-sized cinnamon stick

·         Some cloves (3 to 4)

·         5 peppercorns

·         Half  a tablespoon of allspice powder

·         A pinch of cardamom powder

Ø  For Rice Making

·         2 tablespoons of cooking oil (olive oil)

·         2.5 cups of soaked rice (long-grain)

·         5 cups of water

·         Half a tablespoon of turmeric powder

·         1/4 tablespoon of salt

Ø  For the Sauce

·         ½ bowl of lamb stock

·         3 cups of Greek yogurt

·         1 cup of water

·         5 garlic cloves

·         2 tablespoons of cooking oil (preferably olive oil)

·         3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

Ø  For Garnishing

·         Chopped parsley

·         Fried dry fruits (specifically almonds)



Instructions for making Jordanian Mansaf Recipe

Do you want to eat the Mansaf?


Don’t worry!


Here is the detailed recipe specifically for you and your family.


Ø  For Cooking the Lamb Meat

·         Wash the lamb meat.

·         Take a deep cooking pot. Add water to the pot and let it start boiling on a high flame.

·         When the water starts boiling, add the lamb meat to boil for a good 5 minutes.

·         Now take off the lamb meat and discard the water.

·         On high flame add new water to the same pot and let it boil. After boiling add the meat and all the spices in it.

·         Cover the pot with a lid and let the meat tender on low lame (it usually takes 2 hours).

·         When the meat is ready to go, turn off the flame. Separate the broth and meat; discard the dry spices from the broth.

Ø  For Rice Making

·         Add water to the cooking pot with olive oil and salt. Bring this water to start boiling.

·         Add turmeric powder and soaked long-grain rice.

·         When it starts boiling, adjust the flame to low-medium heat.

·         Cover the pot with a lid.

·         Let it simmer till the rice is ready to eat.

Ø   For the Sauce

·         In a blender, add the water and plain Greek yogurt. Blend them to liquefy the mixture for sauce.

·         In a pot add this yogurt sauce and cook it for 3 to 4 minutes on low flame, stirring it continuously.

·         Now add the lamb broth and the meat to this sauce and continue stirring.

·          In a pan add the cooking oil and let it become hot after that add the garlic cloves (chopped) and let the garlic change its color to a golden brown.

·         Transfer this oil with garlic to the pot and mix it well.

·         Turn off the heat.

Ø  For Presenting the MANSAF

·         In a glass serving platter, add the bread.

·         Add the cooked rice to the bread and spread evenly.

·         On the third layer, add the lamb meat.

·         Pour the sauce over the meat as the 4th layer.

·         Garnish with parsley and with fried dry fruits (almonds).




In brief, MANSAF is a traditional dish of Jordan. You can eat Mansaf with your hand or with a spoon.  You can store this for up to 5 days in the fridge. The Jordanian Mansaf Recipe can be served at any event either a happy occasion or the sad one. You will love this recipe.


Mansaf Recipe

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