Monday, 28 December 2009

Kabsa with Chicken

Actually a Saudi dish, eaten almost every where in the Gulf.. very tasty, quite easy and the flavours are really worth the effort, which is not that much :)

***We have some issues with the rice boiling so here is how I do it: I take 3 mugs of rice and measure water with the same mug. Must say I use Basmati rice, white rice, not seela. So, heat the oil, add whatever I have to and then add the water/yakhni. Once its boiling, I add the rice. Let it cook COVERED for a few minutes. Check, if the rice is slightly puffed, I lower the heat to lowest. Place a damp cloth on the pot, cover it and leave it. The rice is done in about 10 to 12 minutes. Check, if it still looks slightly un-done, I wet the cloth again and cover and leave some more. That usually does the trick.
So now in this recipe - once ur chicken is done and u've removed it, you must check - if u can do it by looking only well fine. Otherwise, measure out the amount according to how much rice ure using. So if its three mugs of rice, the broth that remains in ur pot before u put the rice in must be three mugs too. Not more otherwise ur rice will be squishy.
Drain the water from the soaked rice and add the rice to the broth in the pot. And cook as you would normally cook rice that you make on 'damm' -
If your kind of rice is the one  that needs more water than cup to cup, then adjust water quantity accordingly.
I hope that clarifys the procedure? If not, please do ask :) ***

This is what you need

1 chicken, small one for 2 people and large one for 4 people
2 bay leaves
2 cubes of maggie chicken bouillon mixed in with 2 tbls flour
1 diced onion
 5 garlic cloves
6 cardamoms
5 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
3 dried lemons
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
enough salt for the rice and full  tsp pepper
1 piece ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
4 hard-boiled eggs
enough oil to fry the onions- around 3/4 to 1 cup
pine nuts and almonds, roasted in butter, for flavor

Do this with it:

1- soak the rice, at least half an hour before

2- In a stockpot add your onions and garlic on medium and let brown. Then add all of your spices. Stir in tomato sauce on med heat until sauce thickens.Then add your chicken into the sauce. Saute it for a few minutes, on medium heat. Add double the amount of water u need for the rice, and let it cook, covered. On high flame for the first 10 minutes, low thereafter, at least 35 minutes



3- now after your chicken has cooked for 35 minutes turn ur oven grill on. Take the chicken out, put it in dish and let it get crispy and brown under the grill. It will look a bit dry, but its actually quite juicy, and will be softer still once its in the rice. But if the though worries u, just keep it as it is, or fry it in a little oil, for the colour


 4- add the rice to the hot broth, let it come to a boil and cook. 5 minutes before the rice would be down, add the boiled eggs and nuts. Make a well in between, put the roasted chicken and cover slightly with the rice. Cover and let the rice cook to its end, another 5 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy the typical Khabsa flavours :)

38 comments:

  1. looks delicious like the colour combinatio

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  2. Yes Fawad, if you see, the salt is there, on the plate and I;ve mentioned it for the rice. Plus the stock cubes are salty too, hence no extra salt for the chicken. Its up to u, u can add some extra if u like it saltier.. but its there :)

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  3. does it has the taste of original saudi kabsa?

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  4. I dont know Anonymous.. "original" is different for everybody :)Make it, try it and then tell.. whether its "your original" :)

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  5. I never tasted the original kabsa from Saudi. The one i ate, my husband said that doesn't taste like the saudi kabsa:(

    Anyways, Jazakallah khair sister for sharing the recipe. Will try making it inshaAllah. wassalam

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  6. Hayyak Allah my dear :) I learned this from a Saudi.. so I do hope that comes close. If you do try it, just say Bismillah! pray that it satisfies your husband and then make it. InshaAllah, it will.. :) And do let me know :) W'salaam.

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  7. Jazakallah khair ukhtee, InshaAllah will try and let you know. Wassalam

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  8. Assalamu alykum sister Ruhina,
    I tried making kabsa today. I couldn't understand how much water I have to put. So, the rice has mashed.Could u please tell me the measurement of rice and water?
    Jazakallah khair

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  9. Walaikum ass'salaam my dear. I am SO sorry to read that you've had a problem. I have not given any quantity for the rice - just the info that the water should be double the amount u would take to cook the rice. So, for example, if ure making 3 mugs of rice and usually, when u cook this rice on steam "damm", you use 3 glasses of water... so, in this case, u will take 6 glasses of water and cook your chicken. Once ure chicken is done - the remaining water should be just enough to boil ur rice - around the 3 glasses u would usually take. Is that clearer? How do you cook ur rice on steam usually? Please do let me know - I am so depressed about it. I know how hard it is, to want to make something, try it and not be able to get it right. I've been through this phase and sincerely want to help. Please do let me know.. we'll work it out togther inshaAllah!

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  10. Jazakallah khair sister for your kind advise. Now I got it alhamdulillah. I always make rice in rice cooker. I couldn't realize water measurement. But alhamdulillah it tastes good though melted. My husband liked it alhamdulillah. Next time I will be careful about water inshaAllah. It is really nice meeting you alhamduillah. keep posting new recipes inshaAllah. Wassalam

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  11. Alhamdolillah that the taste was ok nevertheless :)I'm glad that your husband liked it. If I can help you any further, please do ask. W'salaam.

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  12. Hi dear Ruhina, Thanks for sharing thee recipe! It looks so tempting! I am bit confused about Kabsa and Mandi. I have tasted Mandi but never had Kabsa but my husband loves mandi. Could you please tell me what`s the difference b/w the two of them. If there is no difference then i`m desperately waiting to make this at home!

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  13. HUllo dear, Kabsa is usually, mostly chicken and made like this. Mandi is also often lamb meat and more traditionally made in a tandoor/ clay oven.. Spices are slightly different too..
    Have a go at this and see if you like it. If I get the time, I'll try and make mandi for you, InshaAllah.

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  14. Okay Thank you so much for replying me dear Ruhina! May Allah bless you always! I must say i am a big fan of your recipes! I`ll try Kabsa too Inshaallah!

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  15. what to serve with chicken khabsa?

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  16. Well Khabsa is Arabian.. so I'd go with finger salads - nothing with cream or mayo. Feta cheese and olives would be perfect. Serve a platter of salads.. then some hommous with pita bread. If you need to offer more of a main dish, go with something grilled like seekh kabab or kotletts.. Dont serve salan roti with it. Wont match at all. For dessert, ideal would be fresh fruits or, some rice pudding - or kheer..

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  17. when I cook rice, I use water double the quantity of rice. for example, I am taking 3 cups rice then I'll use 6 cups water to cook rice.

    Do I need to include 12 cups of water if I'm cooking Khabsa with 3 cups of rice?
    I'm confused about the quantity of water and don't want to ruin my rice. Can u please explain it to me?

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  18. another questions: will I make broth from chicken cubes and then add flour? Secondly, when will I add this mixture into rice? while adding spices??

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  19. Rabi dear, I'm so sorry I am responding so late. I havent given a rice quantity as such.. so if ure using 3 cups of rice, and usually cook on steam with 6 cups water, then take 3 more, so cook the chicken in. Just go by ur usual standard of cooking rice on steam. Main thing is not to have too much water in the pot once u've put the rice in and that is ur own method and 'andaza' - as to broth, no, u'll mix the dry powder with the flour and keep it as a spice and add to the pot with the rest of the spices. Hope thats clearer!

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    1. thank alot :) I kept on waiting for ur reply, then left checking.. :D today i checked and got ur reply.. thanks alot :)

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    2. Thank you too - and I'm so sorry about the delay.. actually we shifted from the UAE to Pak in July and these past months were really hectic.. I do hope you make it and do let me know :) Thanks for checking back :)

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  20. Assalam Alaikum Ruhina. I still don't quite get the rice cooking method here. Do I need to boil the rice in plain water first with double the amount of water and THEN AGAIN boil it in the stock left after pulling out the chicken? Won't it get squishy if I do that? So want to try this recipe but didn;t get this step

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  21. 2 cubes of maggie chicken bouillon ...do u mean chicken cubes?

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  22. ReallyPosh, I'll amend the recipe above to explain the cooking process :)
    And Maryam dear, yes, the cubes. You can use the powder in packets too if that is what u have available.

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  23. i made it today and my house smells like a kabsa restaurant :) will write how everyone liked it....

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  24. Hey thanks :) Waiting for the feedback :)

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  25. seems interesting...have heard abt it...will try it once i go and buy a whole chicken, or can i try it with chicken pices?? will give u feedback.....and ur blog in interesting!!! keep up the good work!!

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  26. Its a really tasty dish, do try it and of course u can use pieces. Just adjust the cooking times. Will wait for ur feedback.. thanks for the compliments :)

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  27. assalam o alaikum sister...
    I just tried this recipe today...and it turned out absolutely divine .... jazakALLAH for sharing this recipe :) every one loved it
    God bless you.

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  28. Walaikum ass'salaam my dear Majo
    Thank you so much for letting me know.. Alhamdolillah that the recipe worked for you - am really glad... HayyakAllah my dear :)

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  29. Aswk,
    the dish looks very delish,i was wondering when have you added the maggie cubes that were mixed with the flour??

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  30. W'salaam. The cube flour came in right at the start - with all the other spices... Thanks for stopping by :)

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  31. Hello salam may i know where u buy dry lime i lived in hydrabad but i m not pakistani so i just wondering if u can help me out on that please ....ps i m marry to pathan from quetta the used 3 mix masala on everything how can u made 3 mix masala :) pl

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    1. W'salaam. I dont buy them dearie.. I dry them at home :) But maybe you could find them in some specialised shop? I will see if I can find out. Will research on the 3mix masala and tell u :) Thanks for commenting :)

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  32. Assalam sis,what is the ingredient in ur photo in between ginger n bay leaf? tx dear

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  33. Aesy dear its "saunf" Aniseed.

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