Machbous Rubyan (Rice With Shrimps)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is a classic Gulf dish -- yum yum! I've adapted this recipe from a recipe booklet that came free with "Ship Madras Curry Powder" I made it the other day and my husband thought it was wonderful! Serve with a nice, colourful salad, otherwise it'll look a bit yellow yellow yellow! Next time I want to try putting whole king prawns on top to add a bit of colour!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak rice.
  2. Fry onion and garlic in ghee until golden brown in a large pan.
  3. Add shrimps, curry powder, cinnamon, bay leaves and cardamom.
  4. Cook until the shrimps become opaque in colour.
  5. Remove half the shrimps and keep aside.
  6. To the pan add baharat, tomatoes, coriander, salt, pepper and turmeric.
  7. Stir over heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Add water.
  9. Bring to a boil then simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  10. Drain rice and stir into sauce.
  11. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  12. Cover tightly.
  13. Simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  14. Boil almonds.
  15. Remove their shells and halve.
  16. Fry until golden brown.
  17. Serve rice on a large platter.
  18. Add reserved shrimps and fried almonds to garnish.
Most Helpful

Great recipe....I prefer the tast of a litte ground cinnamon to the flavor of the sticks. Could chopped fresh coriander also be called cilantro? I think corinder is the seed of cilantro. Any way I made it with chopped fresh cilantro(which also makes a nice garnish) and it turned out wonderful .... especially with extra slivered almonds! This has become a regular dish in our house!

loverania January 08, 2008

turned out perfect. i used butter instead of ghee and still was amazing. i loved this. the only issue was that i had to wash my hair twice after making it coz the smell of all the spices caught on.

Maya's Mama January 26, 2007

Delicious! I used a can of diced tomatoes instead of fresh and one cup of extra water. I also left out the almonds. It turned out perfect. I love baharat. I found some at my local Albertson's.

Demandy April 24, 2006