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saudi kabsa (chicken)

September 9, 2012

according to arabic-food,

Kabsa, in Arabic it is called “كبسة” is a family of rice dishes that are served mostly in Saudi Arabia, and the other Arab states of the Arabian Gulf. Chicken kabsa recipe is one of the most popular dishes in Saudi Arabia. It is considered a staple.

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2-3 lbs of chicken parts, or a whole 2-3lb. chicken cut into eight pieces
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 medium onions, sliced
1 (12 ounce) can tomato puree
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
3 medium carrots, grated
Grated rind of one orange
4 cloves
4 cardamom pods
3 sticks cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 3/4ish cup rice
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preparation:

Sautee onion in oil until it begins to brown. Add chicken pieces, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and garlic and stir for about five minutes over low heat. Stir in three cups hot water, grated carrot, orange rind, spices, salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat, covered, about 20-25 minutes, until chicken is done.

Remove chicken. Set aside to keep warm. Stir rice into the liquid in the pan, and cook, covered over low heat for about 35 – 40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

Top with raisins and almonds.

adapted from arabic-food

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10/18/12
made a lot of adjustments. threw in a fistful of dried cranberries with the carrot instead of adding raisins at the end. used a giant can of whole tomatoes instead of two fresh ones and an extra carrot (i used 3; it called for 2). added a half-cup of mixed black and red lentils and an extra cup of water mixed with some of the tomato juice from the can of tomatoes. used less rice and less chicken than was called for.

the carrot, the cranberry, and everything else meld into this sweet and savory otherworldly flavor that makes the individual elements hard to pin down. my housemate said it smelled like thanksgiving – the clove, cranberry, and cinnamon make this autumny.

recommended!

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