Al Machboos is a very popular dish cooked in a large pot. It consists of rice, onions and meat, seasoned with spices, salt and dried lemon called Loomy. This dish is prepared by cooking meat, spices, dried lemon, and seasonings in boiling water until they are very tender. The meat is taken out and the rice is added to the rest of the ingredients and cooked together. Then the meat is returned again to the pot where it is cooked for another one to two hours. Al Machboos is well known and is a favorite throughout the Gulf area.