Jordanian cooks traditional dish 'mansaf' on top of active volcano in Guatemala

Jordanian cooks traditional dish 'mansaf' on top of active volcano in Guatemala
A Jordanian travel influencer used heat from the active Pacaya volcano in Guatemala to cook his homeland's traditional 'mansaf' dish and share it with locals.
2 min read
07 April, 2022
Mansaf is a well-loved dish in the Middle East [Getty]

A Jordanian travel influencer of Palestinian origin has cooked the traditional dish 'mansaf' on top of a volcano in Guatemala.

Qassem Hatto - who boasts 1.19 million followers on his YouTube channel - decided to take on the challenge on the active Pacaya volcano after learning that pizza had also been cooked cooked on its surface. 

Mansaf is a rich and well-loved dish across the Middle East, containing rice, lamb and dry yoghurt, which is made into a sauce called jameed.

Hatto said he wanted to introduce the signature Jordanian meal to the local people of the area.

He told CNN Arabic that when he began preparing it, the meat was already half cooked and the rice was ready.

All that was left to do was to find hot enough ground to cook on and "wait until the meat was done"..

There was no running liquid lava on the volcano's surface on the day the influencer visited.

After cooking for around an hour, the food was ready, "worked perfectly, and... tasted like any mansaf you [could] eat in Jordan," according to Hatto.

He said that locals who tried the dish found it both original and delicious.

The journey to the volcano was easy, Hatto added, explaining that in order to reach the location where lava can be found, you must walk or ride on a horse for about an hour.

Hatto set up his YouTube channel in 2017, aiming to share the cultures of the world with his followers to help bring them closer together.

Pacaya - with a height of around 8,373 feet - is a complex, active volcano in Guatemala that first erupted around 23,000 years ago.