When stepping out of the cosy, and safe space of your home is not an option anymore, dreams of exploring the world brew up within you. Add in a drizzle of virtual travel and a splattering of gourmet food, and you’ve got what we call #TnlTasteOfTheWorld. Throughout the series, we’ll be getting in touch with chefs from around the world to recreate their signature dishes for you to try at home. After all, who said one needs to leave the house to embark on a culinary trail? Recipe by Chef Shafiq Ahmed

Situated at the heart of the holy city of Makkah, Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah invites visitors and pilgrims from all across the globe. As a result, the hotel offers its guests a taste of traditional Arabic foods – spearheaded by executive chef, Chef Shafiq Ahmed who customises the flavours to suit palates of all kinds. Here, he brings his expertise at each of the dining options available. Be it local favourites at the hotel’s — The Oasis — or delectable sandwiches at Al Tekkaya, you will be in for a tasty affair.

For this episode of #TnlTasteOfTheWorld, Chef Ahmed brings another Arabic classic to the table and teaches us how to make a variation of the traditional Talbina. 


  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat
  • 1 glass low-fat almond milk
  • 3 dates
  • 2 figs
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons mixed nuts
  • 1 tablespoon mixed seeds
  • 1 teaspoon linseed powder
  • Fruits of your choice


  • Soak and boil the barley.


  • In a bowl of milk, add the boiled barley and buckwheat. Mix well.
  • Add chia seeds and chopped dates and cook on low flame for five minutes.
  • Next, add chopped mixed nuts, linseed powder, mixed seeds, and chopped fruits as a garnish.

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