World Food Challenge

Day 186: United Arab Emirates and Machboos

Good evening, Raffies!

Today we are going to the United Arab Emirate, we are going to enjoy some traditional food in a tent, while comfortably leaning against a cushion. We are going to make Machboos.

You might remember it from Qatar and its chicken Machboos. Today we are going for the version from the Emirates. Surprisingly enough, the flavour was not the same.

Machboos or Machbous is known as the national dish of the Emirates. Although it can be found in all Arab countries, the regional differences always make it taste slightly different. The spices are just amazing!

The recipe is simple, although it requires a bit of patience. It will totally be worth waiting for!

2 c water
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 tbsp olive oil
4 chicken pieces
1 dried lime
1/8 tsp saffron
1 onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
2 c basmati rice

Preheat your oven at 180°C. Take out a baking dish and grease it with olive oil.
In a pot, boil the water. Add the chicken bouillon, dried lime, saffron and cook, until the bouillon cubes are dissolved. set aside and keep warm.
Rub the chicken in half of the spices. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and fry the chicken until brown.
Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, fry the onion for a couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes, garlic and the other half of the spices. Now add the rice and stir well. Cook for a few seconds and remove from heat.
Spread the rice mixture on the baking dish. Add the chicken and pour in the broth you had kept aside. Tuck in the dried limes too.
Cover with tin foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Do not remove the tin foil until the end.
Place on a big serving plate and eat out of the plate together with everyone else and use your RIGHT hand. Enjoy!

Obviously we ate with our hands and it was amazing!



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