Maqlooba (upside


The word Maqlooba (or Maqloobeh) is Arabic for 'upside down'. That does not mean the meal is eaten standing on your head, but rather the dish is prepared in a pot with the chicken at the bottom and the rice on top, then the whole thing is turned over on a plate to make for a beautiful and dramatic cake-like presentation. This is one of those dishes that would be the centerpiece for any occasion and will have people wowing at how pretty it looks. It tastes really amazing too!

What you will need

1 chicken, skin off, cut into 8 pieces (marinated for 2 hours or up to overnight in the following ingredients below)

2 tbsp. yoghurt

1/2 tsp. garlic paste

1 tsp. cumin powder

1 tsp. coriander powder

1/2 tsp. turmeric powder

juice of half a lemon

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. chilli powder (optional)

1/4 tsp. cardamom powder

3 cups basmati rice

4 cups water

1 onion, chopped

3 tbsp. oil plus 1 tbsp. butter

1 eggplant or half a cauliflower cut into florets

3 potatoes, peeled and sliced

salt to taste

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. whole cumin

3 cardamom pods

5 whole black pepper

3 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 tsp. turmeric powder

1 tsp. garam masala

1/4 tsp. black pepper powder


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