Friday, April 30, 2010

Saudi Arabia - Chicken Kabsa

Saudi Arabia's staple chicken dish. I'm dubious about it being garnished with raisins but we'll see!


* 2 chicken breasts
* 1 onion
* 3 tbls tomato puree
* 2 tomatoes
* 4 cloves garlic
* 1 carrot
* 1 orange
* 4 cardamom pods
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 2 cups of rice
* raisins
* sliced almonds

Chop up the onion and saute it in some oil for 5 minutes.

Add the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes.

Next add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and chopped garlic. Cook for 5 more minutes until the chicken is well covered in everything.

Pour in 3 cups of water, the spices, the grated carrot and the grated rind of the orange and cook covered for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the chicken and keep warm. Add the rice to the pan. Cover again and cook for about 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked and has soaked up the liquid.

Spoon the rice mixture into a serving bowl.

Add the chicken on the top and then garnish with sliced almonds and raisins.

It was really nice. Everything had been absorbed into the rice and it tasted really good. The chicken was full of flavour too and the raisins and almonds added some extra texture to the dish. Nice!

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