Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Chicken maqlooba (upside down rice)

Maqlooba is the arabic word for upside down :) The reason you will soon find out...
A lot of frying goes on in this recipe, so have to admit, isn't the healthiest of meals, but it sure is tasty!!







(I made the skill level medium only because I have made this many times, but if this is your first time you may find this hard)

  • Skill level: Medium
  • Serves: 6-7 people
  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cooking time: 45 mins
What you will need:

1 aubergine, thinly sliced (keep skin on)
3 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 green pepper, de-seeded and chopped
1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 tbsp butter
1 baby chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 + 1/2 cups basmati rice

Spice mix 1

1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp thai 7 spices
1 tsp cumin
Seeds of 4 green cardamom

Spice mix 2

1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt

How to make:

1) Place the aubergine in layers at a time into a colander, with a bowl underneath, and put salt on each layer, and set aside for 30 minutes 

The layered aubergines

2) In a pan with around 1/2 cm vegetable oil, fry the potatoes until light brown, then place on to drain on kitchen tissue on a plate

3) Fry the pepper, and drain as above, followed by the cauliflower too

4) Pat dry the aubergines, using kitchen tissue paper, then fry and drain as above

The fried products
5) Meanwhile, place the butter in a pot and melt, then fry the onions. When the onions start to go transparent, add the chicken pieces

6) When the chicken is sealed, sprinkle the spices from spice mix 1 and stir to coat

7) Add enough boiling water to cover the chicken, cover the pot and simmer for 15 minutes

8) Meanwhile, soak the basmati rice for 10 minutes then drain, once drained add spice mix 2

9) Once the chicken has simmered, remove it and place on a plate

10) Now it is time to assemble the masterpiece, place a handful of rice in the bottom of a pot

11) Add the chicken pieces on top, followed by the aubergines, pepper, cauliflower and then the potatoes

12) Add the remaining rice on top, then pour the chicken stock over the rice, adding extra water to ensure the rice is covered

13) Cook on a low heat for 45 minutes

14) Place the pot upside down on a serving dish, and quickly turn...and inshAllah it turns out perfectly :)



And this is exactly why this dish is called maqlooba, because the final product is upside down :)

This can be served with salad or greek yoghurt, or eaten plain, because whatever you do with it, it will still taste delicious!!! Enjoy :)

8 comments:

  1. Hey! I'm following your recipe and put the fried peppers after the layer of potatoes. Is that going to be a problem?

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  2. Awww no that is perfectly fine! :D hope it turns out yummy!

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    1. Oh ok thank you! I'll let you know how it turns out xx.

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    2. It did taste yummy and the flavours were really nice. BUT...it didn't come out like yours in the picture. When I flipped it over it never kept its shape and went all over the plate lol :( Plus some of the rice was overdone and some was undercooked. Do you know why and would you be able to give me some tips for next time?

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  3. It did taste yummy and the flavours were really nice. BUT...it didn't come out like yours in the picture. When I flipped it over it never kept its shape and went all over the plate lol :( Plus some of the rice was overdone and some was undercooked. Do you know why and would you be able to give me some tips for next time?

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    1. Awwww is this your first attempt at maqloobi? Whilst u were cooking the rice, did u have any other dishes cooking next to it? And was ur lid tightly sealed?

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  4. Yes it was my first attempt lol. I did have problems with the lid actually. I had to put a kitchen towel over the lid to make it tight and keep the steam inside which helped a bit

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    1. In that case welldone! Because it takes a few attempts before getting used to it usually. Next time if a lid isn't tight, seal with foil first then put the lid :)

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