Quaker Soup


Quaker soup is the most popular Ramadan soup in Saudi during Ramadan and you will find that every home has it on the table for iftar nightly as well as any restaurants that you may eat at. This same soup is made with both chicken and lamb so you can use whatever you may like. This soup is also never served without samboosas they are a  traditional mix to have during Ramadan in the Kingdom.

My mother in law says to use the bones for both the meat and chicken because it gives it much more flavor. Also if it if you feel it has too much water add more oats and if to thick more water. A lot of people squeeze lemon over the soup however she does not. She also uses a spice bag to add the spices into the soup and says you can add loomi (2) as well.

1 whole chicken
8 cups + 1/2 cup water
7 tablespoons oats
1 onion, chopped
3 medium tomatoes
4 garlic cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 (1 inch) kholegan
4 cardamoms
2 shaiba leaves
2 chicken bouillon cubes (we use Maggi)
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
2 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper, to taste

1. In a food processor add onion, tomatoes and garlic, pulse until smooth. In a 4-quart saucepan add 8 cups water, cinnamon, cardamom, kholegan, shaiba and salt. Bring to a full boil then add chicken to pot then cover and reduce to low.  Cook for 30-45 minutes until chicken is no longer pink.

2. When chicken has cooked strain broth and set aside. Shred the chicken into small pieces and add to the stock again
3.  In a cup add oats and remaining water, tomato paste, salt and pepper and add to stock, bring to a full boil and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Stir occasionally and add more water if the soup is becoming too thick. Add butter and serve with fresh lemon wedges.

10 Responses to Quaker Soup

  • sparklydatepalm says:

    One of those fun cultural exchanges that makes life so interesting- last year I introduced porridge to a friend’s suhoor menu and she introduced me to the Emirati equivalent of Quaker soup (although her soup didn’t have tomato).

  • Noor says:

    My mother in law said you add the tomato mainly for color and if you do not want it then just leave it out. They usually do it at here in Riyadh though. I prefer it without it personally. Yes, I love oatmeal it is such an American thing my husband thinks it is just some horrid dish lol. I am a total American when it comes to my breakfast though.

  • sparklydatepalm says:

    My dad used to try to get us to eat it as kids and I hated it becaues he makes it with water and salt but then I discovered it with milk when living in India (very strange way to come to love porridge, via India!).

  • Zeynab says:

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! My husband wouldn’t stop taking about this soup and I’ve been searching everywhere to try and find a recipe! Leave it to my favorite blog to come to the rescue :)

    • Noor says:

      I am so happy that you found it yay :) My sister in law was laughing at me saying I got this recipe about 100 times lol but I do not remember :p inshAllah you both eat it and enjoy it.

  • Ameerah says:

    Salam Aleikum Sister! Ramadan Mubarak for u and all ur family :-)

    Jazakallah Khair for sharing all recipes with us! Ma’shallah u r great!!! I would like to ask u…. u posted before a recipe for quaker soup and that one is a bit different from this one u r posting now…. so my questions is…. which one u consider better and which one is more stick to the quaker saudi soup?

    Jazakallah khair sis !

    • Noor says:

      They are a lot alike one has tomatoes (which Saudis tend to like) while the other does not. I prefer the one without better.

  • Ana says:

    Salaam from texas ya sister Nour,
    I always enjoy your recipe. Jazakkah Allahu khayr. My question is at what step you put the processed ingredients ( ontions etc)…tThank you

  • Ana karenina says:

    Salaam from texas ya sister Nour,
    I always enjoy your recipe. Jazakkah Allahu khayr. My question is at what step you put the processed ingredients ( ontions etc)…tThank you

    • Noor says:

      Wa Alaykum Salam, Oh you add it after the oil in the beginning. I forgot to add that I was trying to write the recipe and talk to my sister in law to get it perfect :)

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