Chicken makbous is a traditional spiced Arab rice dish that is similar to Indian biryani, and is popular in the Sultanate of Oman.
Recipe for a traditional chicken makbous
2 chicken breasts
1 teaspoon of ginger (chopped)
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
5 whole cardamoms
1 teaspoon coriander powder
6 coriander seeds
5 black pepper corns
1 dry lemon
1 teaspoon of salt
As per taste: 1 chilli chopped, half teaspoon of chilli powder, chopped garlic
250 g of ghee:
1 tomato slice
250 g basmati rice
300 ml chicken stock
3 bay leaves
10 g raisins
Garnish: fresh coriander and fried onions, cashew nuts
Preparation Of Chicken Makbous:
Put the ghee in a pan and warm it up a little. Once the ghee is warm, add sliced onion and cook for about 2 minutes. After the onion becomes brown in colour, add chopped garlic and chopped ginger and cook for 2 minutes. After this add cinnamon stick, cloves, black pepper, whole coriander seeds, bay leaves, chilli powder and chicken. Sautée for about 10 minutes. After this add the fresh tomato slices and cook for one minute and then add rice with 300 ml chicken stock water, salt, dry lemon and turmeric powder. Cover and cook for 20 minutes in a low flame. Then take out the chicken makbous and place in a bowl. Add freshly chopped coriander, raisin, cashew nuts and fried onion as garnish on the top. Serve with raita and tomato salsa. The dish can be served for 2 to 3 people.
Recipe by Jordanian chef Mohammad Aba Atya (Oman Observer)
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