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Authentic Recipe of Mrabbat Shuwander. Scrumptious Iraqi Traditional Beetroot Jam.

Jam making is an old tradition in Iraq. Mrabbat Shuwander is a sweet Beetroot Jam served with sour cream or cheese and enjoyed as a snack.

Things to know about Mrabbat Shuwander Recipe

In Arabic, ‘Marrabat’ means ‘jam,’ and ‘Shuwander’ stands for ‘Beetroot’. Jam making is a tradition observed for centuries in Iraq, jams made of summer and winter vegetables or fruits are a favorite snack usually served with traditional tea or as a side dish with bread.

As carrot is available in winter, the jam is made in winter, but it can be refrigerated for a whole year.  Women make jams at home and save them in ceramic pots for better preservation of flavor.

It’s a small and easy recipe with less than 6 ingredients. Nowadays, many confectioneries also sell this style of jam but a homemade flavor of authentic Iraqi Mrabbat Shuwander is uncanny. It’s a refreshing and tasty addition to savory Iraqi foods.

Scrumptious Iraqi Traditional Beetroot Jam. Authentic Recipe of Mrabbat Shuwander.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: مربى الشوندر
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 15 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 hours 30 minutes


Servings 5 People
Calories / Serving 343 kcal


  • 500 grams (1.1 lb) Beetroot
  • cups White Sugar – Regular Sugar – Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • ¼ cup Walnut Halves
  • 3 pods Cardamom Whole
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
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  • Peel the beetroot and slice in long thin cuts.
  • Take a large pot and layer the beetroots at the base.
  • Layer sugar above the beetroots.
  • Add the water, cover the pot and set aside for a night. This will form a juicy mixture.
  • The next day, heat a pan and add honey, whole cardamom, walnuts, and vanilla.
  • Cook for 20 minutes, folding the mixture gently.
  • If you see a froth, remove it gently.
  • Just before a thick jam consistency forms, add lemon juice and mix.
  • Let it cool, and refrigerate.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

Healthy Diet Recipe Vegan Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes
Seasonal Cooking Winter Recipes
Religious Cooking Halal Recipes, Kosher Recipes


Calories: 343kcalCarbohydrates: 78gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 79mgPotassium: 367mgFiber: 3gSugar: 74gVitamin A: 34IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Mrabbat Shuwander Recipe, Traditional Iraqi Beetroot Jam, مربى الشوندر
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Cooking tip for making Mrabbat Shuwander

  • The beetroots slices should be thin. You can also dice or use any gadget for spiral slices to make a different look.
  • Put one drop on a surface to check if the jam is ready. If it doesn’t go flat, your jam is ready.
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What to serve with Mrabbat Shuwander?

It can be served as a dessert itself. Also can be served with sour cream or cream cheese as a sweet snack. It can also be served with flatbread as a dip.

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