Royal Mansaf: The Yogurt-Infused Lamb Sensation


Feast like royalty with Royal Mansaf, a traditional Jordanian dish that exudes grandeur and taste. This culinary masterpiece combines tender lamb simmered in a creamy, tangy yogurt sauce, served over a bed of aromatic rice. Each element of Mansaf is steeped in tradition, offering a rich, flavorful experience that's deeply rooted in Jordanian culture.

Royal Mansaf: The Yogurt-Infused Lamb Sensation

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 650 kcal
  • Protein: 38 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Fat: 35 g
  • Sodium: 520 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Lamb shoulder, cut into chunks: 1 kg (35 ounces / 2.2 pounds)
  • Plain yogurt: 1 liter (35 ounces / 2.2 pounds)
  • Long grain rice: 500 grams (17.6 ounces / 1.1 pounds)
  • Almonds, slivered: 100 grams (3.5 ounces / 0.22 pounds)
  • Pine nuts: 50 grams (1.76 ounces / 0.11 pounds)
  • Garlic cloves, crushed: 30 grams (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)
  • Ground cardamom: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Salt: 10 grams (0.35 ounces / 0.022 pounds)
  • Ground black pepper: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.066 pounds)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cooking Lamb: In a large pot, cook the lamb with garlic, cardamom, salt, and pepper until tender (about 1.5 hours).
  2. Preparing Yogurt Sauce: In a separate pot, slowly heat the yogurt while stirring continuously to prevent curdling. Once warm, add some of the lamb’s cooking liquid.
  3. Combining Lamb and Yogurt: Add the cooked lamb to the yogurt sauce. Simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.
  4. Cooking Rice: Cook the rice in salted water until fluffy.
  5. Toasting Nuts: In a small pan, toast almonds and pine nuts in olive oil until golden.
  6. Assembling Mansaf: Serve the lamb over rice, topped with the creamy yogurt sauce and sprinkled with toasted nuts.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Stirring the yogurt constantly is crucial for a smooth sauce.
  • Slow cooking the lamb ensures it’s tender and flavorful.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use beef instead of lamb in Mansaf?

Yes, beef can be substituted, though lamb is traditional for its unique flavor.

How can I prevent the yogurt sauce from curdling?

Use full-fat yogurt and stir continuously on low heat.

Is there a dairy-free alternative to the yogurt sauce?

Coconut milk can be a substitute, but it will significantly alter the traditional flavor.