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    Fried Fish With Rice (Kuwaiti & Emirati)

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    1 hrs 25 mins

    1 hrs

    25 mins

    UmmBinat's Note:

    This very tasty fish with rice is often served in homes in the Arabian Gulf. Kuwaitis in particular love Zubadi (Silver Pomfret) fish that is local but can be found in the frozen section of many Middle Eastern or Asian shops. (You may have to degut them yourself). While some prefer to eat them with rice alone, others like ourselves, make Kuwaiti Tomato Sauce (Dukkous Al-Tamat) to serve as an accompaniment. This recipe is a combination from three sources which all deserve credit, Sa-mak ma-ga-lee - Fried Fish from From "The Complete United Arab Emirates Cookbook", by Celia Ann Brock- Al Ansari, Mtabag Simach from "Cardamom and Lime: Recipes from the Arabian Gulf", by Sarah Al-Hamad, and

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    Serves: 2


    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Wash fish, clean well leaving on heads, make sure scales are all removed and fish is degutted.
    2. 2
      Wash the white Basmati rice well and leave to soak for 15-30 minutes depending on quality of rice.
    3. 3
      Bring a large pan of water to a boil put in the fish, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and clove and simmer until cooked.
    4. 4
      Remove the fish and reserve the cooking water.
    5. 5
      Cut some gashes across the fish and rub on some bahrat and the minced garlic then pour fresh lemon juice over top. Refrigerate for up to 1 1/2 hours.
    6. 6
      Cook Basmati rice with as much reserved cooking liquid as needed, sea salt and the loomis.
    7. 7
      Heat olive oil in a pan and fry the onions until soft and golden adding the turmeric, some sea salt and 1/4 tsp bahrat.
    8. 8
      Mix 2/3 of the onions into the cooked rice & sprinkle the remaining onion mixture over top.
    9. 9
      After the fish has marinated, pat dry with paper towel.
    10. 10
      Preheat oven to 275F (not very high).
    11. 11
      Heat 1/2 inch oil (vegetable or light olive) until hot in a pan and fry the fish one at a time until golden brown, then drain on paper towel.
    12. 12
      Place fish on top of rice, cover with aluminum foil and set in preheated oven for 1 hour.
    13. 13
      Serve with lemon and lime wedges, radishes if wished, and Kuwaiti Tomato Sauce (Dukkous Al-Tamat) for a wonderful authentic Kuwaiti meal.
    14. 14
      Don't forget to eat this with your 3 first fingers of the right had keeping food from going above the mid knuckles!
    15. 15

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 02, 2012


      Excellent! I got the fish degutted from the market in the Netherlands, so it was no problem to prepare this. For the sauce, I used one from a collection of middle east recipes that I always wanted to try (very similar to your one). Thanks for sharing :)
      Made for Visit Jordan / Kuwait - N*A*M*E forum

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    Nutritional Facts for Fried Fish With Rice (Kuwaiti & Emirati)

    Serving Size: 1 (235 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 490.5
    Calories from Fat 202
    Total Fat 22.5 g
    Saturated Fat 3.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 10.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 66.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    Sugars 5.8 g
    Protein 7.0 g

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    mixed spice

    cardamom pods


    dried limes

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