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Shuraba meat oat soup

Shuraba (meat and oat soup)


Shurabah is the Arabic word for soup and there are many different kinds of shurabah across the Arab world. In Yemen, shurabah with oats is usually eaten in Ramadan at Iftar time to break the fast. There is a shurbah with vegetables pureed in and also one plain one which just has salt and milk. Today I made the one with a meat broth. You can substitute other kinds of meat or chicken if you like. Its a pretty easy dish which is healthy and light on the stomach.


About 1 lb. meat
About 12 cups of water, more or less according to your taste or cooking time
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. oil
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
salt or bouillon to taste (I used two small boullion and salt)
1 tsp. hawaij (cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, tumeric, black pepper, coriander, cumin)
1/2 cup milk – optional


How to make

1.       Sautee the onions in oil for 5-10 minutes.

2.       Add the meat and the water (start with 6 cups or fill the pot 2/3 way so it doesn’t boil over) and bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Stir occasionally and remove the foam that forms on top.

3.       After about an hour, the meat should be soft. Add in the oats, spices, bouillon, and salt.

4.       Cook this for about another 40 minutes to an hour, stirring to prevent it from sticking on the bottom. Also add more water as it evaporates to maintain the desired consistency. Some like it thicker and others thinner. Lastly, add in the milk if desired.



very delicious katherine

07.16.2013 Reply


thanks so much for your comment :)


mehdi asmar

شوربة رائعة والطريقة بسيطة

07.21.2013 Reply


أسلوب طبخك بسيط واختيارك للوحبات جميل جدا شكرًا لك

02.01.2014 Reply

جزيل الشكر لك اخت كاثرين

الاكل اليمني ما في زيه الله يكرمك

04.17.2014 Reply


Very delicious recipe! Though I like it better with barley instead of oatmeal :)

06.01.2014 Reply


Thank you for the delecious food you present, but I advise you to adjust the voice volume to be even in all video cinaries

07.09.2014 Reply

mrs sheikh

Hi.. I've always had the version with broken wheat and meat, however would like to try out this one too.. Thinking of making it today with chicken. Should I use quick-cooking variety of oats or the other one? 

Could you also sometime share the recipe for harees if you have one with you?


07.10.2014 Reply

امين سبل

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03.11.2015 Reply


Fist time and it was delicious, i just added few cilantro leaves! Thank u for sharing your recipes!!

06.07.2016 Reply


Alhamdulillah it was very good, I used no milk and added lime to my bowl and it was perfect. A milder and easier version of something similar called arroz caldo. Thank you

06.17.2017 Reply