Maqloobeh Recipe – Upside Down Chicken and Rice Recipe


Maqloobeh or Maqluba, a traditional dish of the Arab Levant. You get to enjoy chicken, fried veggies and basmati rice... I'd made this dish a few months ago for Eid. Since then, I'd been debating if I should post this recipe or not. Today, while browsing through the food pictures, I kept looking at this picture and got the temptation to blog the recipe. So, here you go... This shouldn't be compared with biryani as biryani is much more flavorful, aromatic and tastier. While, maqloobeh is very mild. This dish has 3 layers- chicken, fried veggies and rice. Cooked chicken is layered as the bottom layer, it's topped with fried cauliflower and eggplant, and again topped with uncooked rice. Chicken stock is poured over the rice and cooked covered till the rice has cooked well and the water has absorbed completely. Allowed to stand for sometime and then the pot is gently flipped onto a huge plate. Yes, you will have the upside down chicken and rice on the plate. The spices used for making this

What you will need

Ground coriander seeds- 2 tbsp

Cinnamon powder- 1½ tsp

Ground black pepper- 1½ tsp

Ground cardamom- 1½ tsp

Ground all spice- 1½ tsp

Ground dried ginger- 1½ tsp

Turmeric powder- 1½ tsp

Ground cloves- 1 tsp

Ground nutmeg- ¾ tsp

Ground dried lime- ¾ tsp

Chicken, bone-in pieces- 10 large pieces

Prepared spice mix- 3 tbsp

Onion, roughly chopped- 1

Bay leaves- 2

Whole cardamom- 2

Whole cloves- 2

Water- 5 cups

Oil- 2 to 3 tbsp

Salt- to taste

Cauliflower, florets- 1 small cauliflower

Eggplant, sliced round- 1, American eggplant or use 4 or 5 round Indian eggplant

Oil- enough to deep fry or shallow fry the veggies

All spice- ½ tsp

Black ground pepper- ½ tsp

Ground cinnamon- ½ tsp

Turmeric powder- ¾ tsp

Salt- to taste

Basmati rice, rinsed- 2½ cups

Roasted almonds- 2 handfuls

Roasted cashew nuts- 2 handfuls


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