Sunday, 19 July 2015


Few years back I had this dish in a restaurant while traveling from Dubai to Oman border. Just loved the dish. After that I never had it but it was always there in my mind. Finally I made this at home today.... On the occasion of Eid.. 

Kabsa is a family of mixed rice dishes that are served mostly in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, where it is commonly regarded as a national dish in these countries. Kabsa, though, is believed to be indigenous to Yemen. In countries such as Jordan, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraqand Kuwait, the dish is popularly known as machbūs, but is served mostly in the same way. These dishes are usually made with rice (usually long-grain, such as basmati), meat, vegetables, and a mixture of spices. There are many kinds of kabsa and each kind has a uniqueness about it.  The spices used in kabsa are largely responsible for its taste. The dish can be served hot with daqqūs, which is a home-made Arabic tomato sauce. Kabsa is also known as machbūs in the Persian Gulf region. 
Informative source Net.. 

1 whole Small Chicken or Chicken cut into 4 pieces
1 1/2 cup Rice soaked
1 1/2 liter Water
Salt to taste
4 tbsp Butter
2 Onion chopped
2 Tomato chopped
2 tbsp Tomato purée
1 tsp Garlic paste

 Spice mix
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
1/4 tsp Cumin powder
2 pinch Nutmeg powder
1 stick Cinnamon
4 Cloves
2 pinch Saffron
1 bay leaf
1/2 dry Lime powder (Optional)
Mix all the powder spices together in a bowl.

For Garnishing
1 tbsp Almond chopped
1 tbsp Cashews
1 tbsp Raisins
Fry all the above ingredients for garnishing in 1/2 tbsp Butter

Add water, chicken and salt in a pot.
Cover pot and cook until the chicken is cooked.Remove chicken from stock and set aside. Reserve stock. In another pot melt butter and fry chicken from all sides until get a brownish colour. Remove chicken and set aside.In the same butter fry garlic and onions until onion golden brown. Add spices, tomatoes and tomato puree, mix well. Pour 2 1/2 cup chicken stock. Add rice, cover and cook until rice 80 % done. Now place chicken on top of rice and simmer about 10 minutes.Garnish with nuts and serve with Daqqūs and Salad.

Daqqūs - Arabic Tomato Salsa
3 tomatoes cut into 4 pieces
1/2 cup of Coriander leaves
2 Garlic
Salt to taste
1 tsp Cumin seeds

Put all ingredients in the food processor. Blend all the ingredients in the processor.

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