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Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish

Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish created by Jonathan Melendez

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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  • 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.
  • Add tomatoes, carrots, cloves, all the spices & salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add the water & Maggi cube.
  • 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).
  • Re-Cover & simmer for 35 - 40 minutes - adding the raisins for the last 10 minutes - or until rice is tender.
  • 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'.
  • 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).
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"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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  1. Bonnie R.
    Hi! At the end of the recipe is the Kabsa spice mix, but it's not mentioned anywhere in the recipe. What do we do with it?
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  2. natasha n.
    Wow this was a delish recipe! I made it for my husband and he said it was the best kabsa hes ever had! I also cut down the water to 3 cups(canned tomatoes also have juices). And I used the same recipe for lamb kabsa. Perfect!
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  3. Nawara C.
    What type of rice to use in kabsa
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  4. Jonathan Melendez
    Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish Created by Jonathan Melendez
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