Meeting Mandi

Posted by Mark

Last night I got to discover and try Mandi for the first time. I hadn’t heard about it before so was pretty intrigued when my friend told me about it. Mandi is a traditional dish of lamb and rice. The way they cook the lamb is they lower it into a pit in the ground filled with hot coal. Right underneath the hanging lamb is a large pot of rice. They then close the hole and cover it with sand so that the smoke doesn’t escape. The lamb then starts to cook slowly with all the fat dripping into the rice underneath. Finally once the lamb is ready it’s raised from the ground and served. The meat was super tender and absolutely delicious. Even the rice was just incredible.

Below are some pictures I took when they were pulling the lamb up from the ground. If you ever get the chance I highly recommend you try Mandi out.


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  1. heeeeelllllllppppp says:

    where can we try this, Any restaurant that serves or any place recomended

  2. Kuwait says:

    Are you guys serious?! Never heard of Mandi?? Dude its like 2nd to shawarma probably. Its a specialized Yemeni version of Machboos/Kharoof.

    There are 2 Mandi places right opposite each other on Mahboola’s main street. And I’m sure there are plenty others elsewhere.

    • 3azeez says:

      I’m 29 years old and this is first time I hear that Mendi is second to shawarm!!! I’m Kuwaiti btw and I just stated earlier of my knowldge about Mendi. Btw mom is sitting next to me, I asked her if mendi is popular in Kuwait and her response was “of course mendi is available in Kuwait and well known, what do you think Bedouins eat?!” >_<

  3. gobgob says:

    Mark where did u have it, is it a place we can go to and order there? or we have to pre order by phone and eat where ever you were?
    or this was a private dinenr ;)

    we need address.

  4. NBC says:

    Mahboula’s main Street. Could you please specify Kuwait.

    • Kuwait says:

      Mandi places I know of:

      Mahboola, Mandi Rayaan: 23711163
      (Suppose you’re on the main roundabout and heading towards the coastal road, go till the end, take the U-turn at the traffic light and then you’ll see cars for sale on your right. This place is right behind these cars) And there’s one exactly opposite it, on the other side of the road as well.

      Mangaf: 23723344
      (beside Princess Taxi, on the restaurants street)

  5. Mo says:

    Mumlaka @ riggae and @ fahaheel are the best
    try the red/brown rice .. highly recommended

    approx 2-3 KD

  6. Mathai says:

    I had no idea that Mandi was available in Kuwait. There’s a couple of Yemeni joints in Dubai that are famous for this.

    @Mo,
    any contact details for Mumlaka?
    Thanks.

  7. Al-Marzouq says:

    any where closer to kuwait city

  8. NBC says:

    Mumlaka, where is it?

  9. Faruk Durmaz says:

    I vouch for Mamlaka in riggae or fahaheel. awesome food.

    • n19 says:

      Mamlaka is amazing. Good service, very comfortable place, and great food! They also serve other dishes like biryani. It’s fantastic.

  10. Kuwait says:

    Btw I encourage first timers to eat AT the restaurant. Mandi places are the most chilled out, casual dining experiences. You have to take off your shoes, sit down on the raised carpetted area and you can rest on the pillows. If you’ve been to diwaniyas, you’ll know what I mean.

    I for one love the chilli sauce that is served as a side as much as the mandi.

  11. anon says:

    wow you never heard of mandi …….. what the hell you were doing in kuwait then

  12. Nixon says:

    glad you enjoyed it :)

  13. Security Adviser says:

    Location for Mamlaka Riggae. Area 1 ( Old Riggae) Block 2 Street 2. Take the first right turn after the Lawyers Complex or the right turn just before MacDonald’s in Riggae. Cant miss it big huge ass Green Sign Board . Located in Durrar Complex Block B. Exactly behind the Lawyers Complex.

  14. m7mad says:

    you never heard of mandi omg omg
    why are living?
    how have you been living?
    were you really in kuwait for most of your life ? omg omg

    :P

  15. 3azeez says:

    Its Mendi… not Mandi!

  16. Insight says:

    How come u don’t know mendi !
    R U sure u have been living in kuwait ?

  17. Karina says:

    Best ever MANDY is in Yemen, for sure-) But we should try one which is here in Kuwait!
    May be u know- are there any yemeni restaurants in Kuwait?

  18. sooli says:

    ok shut up with the ” omg u dont know mandi” comments already. damn it

  19. djelibaby says:

    you dont know mandi? omg

  20. Security Adviser says:

    I know a Mandy !! She’s really nice, big fan of karaoke, Barry Manilow and gives one hell of a massage for 50 KD an hour .. lol

  21. heeeeelllllllppppp says:

    from what i see in the pics above it seems like its a full goat cooked , do i have to order in this Mandi Rayaan full or can i order enough for 2 ppl.
    sorry about my ignorance but this looks too tempting to resist.

  22. Desert Girl says:

    I love mendi. I like it best when its cold outside. mmmm

    They cook pork in Hawaii in a similar way: Lower an entire pig into a pit heated with charcoal and hot lava stones, covered in banana leaves and Kahlua and leave it to simmer overnight.

  23. pickles says:

    wow some of you need to get off your high horses “ohhh you’ve never heard of mendi?” acting like you eat mendi every single day. lol walla some of you are so funny!

    i know what mendi is but i’ve never tried it, but it’s not the end of the freakin’ world.

  24. Q8Food says:

    Try this Mandi and you will cry!!! http://www.q8food.com/?p=1211 it is in KSA – Khafji

  25. WTF says:

    Mark we have this every weekend at the chalet, im surprised you never heard of it in 27 years. What other culinary jewels do you not know of.


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