A wonderfully fragrant and tasty dish using fresh carrots, onion, spices and rice. It's a 1-pot dish and easy to make. It's especially delicious when served with dollops of tart plain yogurt.
- Peel and slice carrots lengthwise then cut each strip into 2 or 3 more lengthwise strips. Bunch together and cut strips into roughly ¼ inches producing diced carrots. Perfection not needed. If you’re lucky enough to have a gadget to do this, that’s great.
- Dice the onion.
- If you have a rice cooker, the rice into the cooker and add water (according to manufacturer’s recommendation) for rice only. Then place all other ingredients into cooker and stir to mix. Close cooker and allow to go through normal cooking time.
- If you don’t have a rice cooker, put all the ingredients into a large pot. Add water to about one finger’s width above the contents in the pot and cover. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce heat to low and allow contents to steam for about 30 minutes.
- Traditionally, when the rice is half cooked, it's divided in half, the carrots and onions are laid on the bottom half and the rest of the rice is then laid on top, hence "m'tubuq" meaning "layered". Cover again and continue to steam.
This recipe was very good, especially that it could be made completely in my rice cooker! It makes a good base for a pilaf. I served it along with quartered boiled eggs, quartered deep fried potatoes and sultanas. I made 2 cups of rice and used 6 small carrots, 4 tablespoons of oil, 2 teaspoons of salt (I wasn't sure why there were 2 measurements for oil and salt so I used just the first measurement). I used my rice cooker and a tiny bit of rice at the top didn't cook so I added half a cup more water mixed the rice (pushing the uncooked bits of rice to the bottom) and pushed the cook button of my rice cooker down again for another 5-10 minutes (Every time it would spring back up I would push it down to cook again). Next time I will probably use less carrot because I want it a bit less sweet, and I might add a few other spices to the mix and I will add peas and corn (as well as what I added before) and serve it along side some curried meat or grilled spicy chicken. But it is a really great base recipe that can be used in so many ways. My husband really enjoyed it with yoghurt also.
Delicious. This has become a dish DH likes to take for lunch to school along with a small plain Balkan yogurt. I change it up like another reviewer sometimes by adding other vegetables along with the carrots and I have also added ground beef which is good too. The first time DH and I enjoyed this served with Turnips/Rutabaga Simmered in Date Syrup (Maye' Al-Shalgham) with sea salt sprinkled on top & Pomegranate Raita and mango nectar to drink for a good vegetarian meal that I should repeat. I cook the onion and chopped carrots (until not too soft if using the oven method) in butter in my cast iron frying pan and sprinkle a bit of sea salt in with the Iraqi Curry Powder and cook a minute more before mixing with partially cooked white Basmati rice cooked in the traditional Iranian way (I think?), boiling in extra water with no cover for 8 minutes. Then I steam it all together, vegetables and all in a low oven until done. This also can be made completely on the stove (found out when my oven died) cooking the rice there and then mixing in the pretty cooked vegetables. I will make this over and over again.