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    Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish

    Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish. Photo by Um Safia

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    Total Time:

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    1 hrs 40 mins

    20 mins

    1 hrs 20 mins

    Um Safia's Note:

    Al Khabsa / Khabsa is very traditional. It can be made with many variations - this is just one of them - I hope to post more! Use chicken for this recipe, my others have lamb instead.....I have revised the recipe as of 09/02/09, although when I cook it the amounts are correct - perhaps it's the rice I use?

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    Kabsa Dish

    Kabsa Spice Mix

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Melt butter in a large stock pot, 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. 2
      Add tomatoes, carrots, cloves, all the spices & salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add the water & Maggi cube.
    3. 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. 4
      Re-Cover & simmer for 35 - 40 minutes - adding the raisins for the last 10 minutes - or until rice is tender.
    5. 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 'Shattah'.
    6. 6
      N.B: You can also 'finish' the chicken pieces off in the oven by cooking them for 25 - 30 minutes at 180 C whilst the rice is cooking. (but don't let them become dry).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 07, 2011

      55

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    • on June 03, 2010

      45

      This was a total hit in mmy house even my daughter ate it.

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    • on December 06, 2009

      55

      Shukran, ya Um Safia! This recipe was a great success and reminded us of 18 happy years spent in Saudi Arabia!

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    Nutritional Facts for Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish

    Serving Size: 1 (366 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 678.4
     
    Calories from Fat 314
    46%
    Total Fat 34.9 g
    53%
    Saturated Fat 11.4 g
    57%
    Cholesterol 142.9 mg
    47%
    Sodium 344.5 mg
    14%
    Total Carbohydrate 52.6 g
    17%
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    17%
    Sugars 6.8 g
    27%
    Protein 37.9 g
    75%

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