Malooba Recipe -
Malooba Recipe
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"This authentic traditional Arabic recipe consists of chicken, cauliflower, and potato. Serve with plain yogurt and a salad to mix with the rice dish. This is very easy, it just has a lot of work."

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  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    3 hrs


  1. Place chicken in a large pot with 6 cups water, onion, 2 tablespoons allspice, ground cardamom, cardamom seeds, whole cloves and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, and cook until chicken is tender, about 40 minutes. Remove chicken, strain and reserve broth.
  2. Soak the rice in water while waiting for the chicken to cook. When the chicken is almost done, drain the water off, and stir in 1 1/2 tablespoons of allspice.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the potatoes and cauliflower in the hot oil until browned. They do not need to fully cook.
  4. In a separate pot, layer fried potatoes on the bottom. This is done so that the rice will not stick to the bottom of the pan. Add the cauliflower and tomatoes, and sprinkle a handful of rice over the vegetables. Remove the bones from the chicken and place the chicken in the pot. Cover with the rest of the rice. Pour in the reserved broth until it reaches a level about 1/2 inch above the level of the rice. Cover the pot, and cook over medium-low heat for 1 hour, until rice is tender.
  5. When the liquid has absorbed, have a large round tray ready. Uncover the pot, and place the tray over the top. Invert so that the pan is upside down on top of the tray. Let stand for 5 minutes like this, then slowly remove the pot to let the food fall onto the tray.
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  • Note
  • You may substitute 1 large eggplant for cauliflower or use both. Slice eggplant in rounds on the larger pieces cut in half. If using eggplant with the cauliflower, add it to the pot along with the cauliflower.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 18, 2003

This is a great all in one meal. It smells wonderful while it's cooking. Put it on a fancy platter and it looks beautiful. It is really simple to make.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 26, 2010

made exactly as described. Smelled nice. Was EXTREMELY mild - could use a lot more spices. I was disappointed. My kids ate it the first night, but wouldn't finish the leftovers. Had to throw the rest away - and this makes a LOT. Won't be making again.


25 Ratings

Mar 11, 2004

Thanks so much for submitting this recipe. I am a newly converted American muslim, and I have tasted and seen this dish prepared by other muslims. Its nice to have my own recipe now. Thank you!

Jun 17, 2006

My Jordanian husband makes this all the time. I don't care for the chicken with bones so he uses boneless skinless chicken breast and just reduces the boiling time. He also uses a pinch of saffron while soaking the rice... it gives it a nice flavor.

Sep 18, 2003

This recipe tasted better than any maalooba dish i have ever tasted. It was so authentic and tasted better than my mothers. Thank you imankay for this recipe keeper!!

Oct 26, 2007

Very good maqlooba recipe, love the addition of tomatoes. I halved the recipe and worked out great.

Sep 18, 2003

This recipe is for a difficult middle eastern dish that i have had for years with friends and its perfect. I recently made it for my friends and they absolutely loved it, i gave this recipe out to many people. And as for the measurements of allspice its perfect it tastes just like how arabic food should taste, not bland!! Thanks imankay, look forward for more recipes from you.

Oct 26, 2011

Makloubeh is a traditional Middle Eastern dish that I first had in Jordan. I remember my mother making it and am now making it for my children. A few steps but fairly easy and so yummy. Plus the house smells great while it's cooking!


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  • Calories
  • 767 kcal
  • 38%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 89.9 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 27.8 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 7.7 g
  • 31%
  • Protein
  • 39 g
  • 78%
  • Sodium
  • 131 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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