Recipe by Zahra
"This is a traditional Saudi Arabian rice and chicken dish, though Arabs of every country know and love this dish. It has a lot of spices which makes it full of flavor. Baharat (Arabic 7-spice mix) can be found at Middle Eastern grocery stores."
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chicken breast halves
1 1/2 teaspoons
whole cardamom pods
baharat (Arabic 7-spice mix)
ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups
very ripe tomatoes, chopped
I made this tonight hoping it would be good and my husband and I loved it!!
I did not care for this recipe. Bland.
Thank you. I will be cooking this today. :)
We worked in Saudi Arabia for nearly 24 years (we are Canadian) and loved the Saudi people & their wonderful hospitality. I tried this dish in an attempt to recapture the essence of the great food Saudi Arabia offers & was delighted with the result. Thank you Zahra!
cmr in Vancouver, Canada
This was good but it is definitely missing some things. We (Palestinians) make it with bell peppers and shredded carrots. We also fry some almonds and yellow raisins at the end and sprinkle them on top. I don't use the 7 spices either. I use cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and all spice in addition to the bay leaves and dried lime (black lime) instead.
My mom's best friend lives in Saudi Arabia, and her husband used to cook this for us when I was younger. While this particular recipe smelled and tasted different than the Kabsa I have had (I know there are many variations to Kabsa, much like the Spanish Paella), it was still good. I do think that the broth used to cook the rice needs more chicken flavor, even after boiling the chicken in it, so next time I would add some boullion. I used 2-3 times more chicken than this recipe called for, and it still seemed like a lot of rice in comparison to the chicken. P.S. My 2.5-year-old daughter ate this dish without hesitation! I think the raisins won her over :)
Used no salt added tomatoes since it's winter right now and used a recipe for baharat to make my own. Was wonderful- will make again!
This is one of my favorite recipes!! I use either chicken or boil lamb. When sautéing the onions and tomatoes I add some red bell pepper. And when I have brought the water out of the rice, I stir in half a can of chickpeas as well then let the rice finish. I use semnah instead of butter because I prefer the taste with rice. I use this dish when I want to impress :-) thanks for sharing!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 185
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