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    Machbous Rubyan (Rice With Shrimps)

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    1 hr 10 mins

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    baraahnz's Note:

    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!

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

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 08, 2008


      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!

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    • on January 26, 2007


      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.

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    • on April 24, 2006


      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Machbous Rubyan (Rice With Shrimps)

    Serving Size: 1 (729 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 931.4
    Calories from Fat 264
    Total Fat 29.3 g
    Saturated Fat 9.7 g
    Cholesterol 560.2 mg
    Sodium 3612.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 95.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 9.3 g
    Sugars 9.7 g
    Protein 70.9 g

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