Al Kabsa

Kabsa a delicious middle eastern dish with rice, originating from Saudi Arabia and well known in the Arab world. Hence, this is the national dish in Saudi Arabia and Arabic delicious rice dishes. The main ingredients of this middle eastern recipe are basmati rice and chicken or lamb.

Al Kabsa
Author: Marwan Abdoh
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  • 1⁄4 lbs cup butter 3chicken
  • 8-10 pieces 1 large onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1⁄4 cup tomato puree
  • 14 ounces canned chopped tomatoes
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch ground cumin
  • 1 pinch ground coriander salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 1⁄4 cups basmati rice
  • 1⁄4 cup raisins
  • 1⁄4 cup slivered almonds
  • Kabsa Spice Mix --
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon saffron
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground green cardamoms
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground dried limes
  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot, casserole or dutch oven. Add chicken pieces, onion & garlic & sauté until onion is tender. Stir in tomato puree & simmer over a low heat for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, carrots, cloves, all the spices & salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add the water & Maggi cube.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Add rice to the pot & stir carefully. (if you're wanting to brown the chicken in the oven - remove it from the pot now & place in the preheated oven).
  4. Re-Cover & simmer for 35 - 40 minutes - adding the raisins for the last 10 minutes - or until rice is tender.
  5. Place the rice on a large serving dish, topped with the chicken & garnished with almonds. Serve with a fresh mixed salad - preferably with a little lime vinaigrette. Saudis like their Kabsa with a hot sauce called 'Shattahstockpot
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