Saudi Arabia is notorious for upholding its ancient traditions and cultural values, and one of the most interesting and unique traditions involves food. Islamic law forbids the consumption of pork or alcohol, leaving the Arab people to get a little create with their meals.
One of the popular meals in Saudi Arabia is Al Kabsa, a traditional meal of chicken and rice. So you can experience the wonder and beauty of Saudi Arabia culture for yourself, we’ve found the best recipe for Al Kabsa. It’s easy to prepare and is a fantastic way to impress your friends and family.
Prep Time: 20 Mins
Cook Time: 1 Hr 20 Min
Total Time: 1 Hour 40 Min
1/4 cup butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
3 lbs chicken, cut into 8-10 pieces
1/4 cup tomato puree
3 medium carrots, grated
2 whole cloves
14 ounces canned chopped tomatoes, un-drained (or fresh)
1 pinch grated nutmeg
1 pinch ground coriander
1 pinch ground cumin
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
4 cups hot water
1 chicken stock cube
2 1/4 cups basmati rice (don’t rinse or soak this)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup slivered almond, toasted
Kabsa Spice Mix
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1/4 teaspoon ground green cardamoms
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground dried limes
1. Melt Butter in a large pot, casserole dish, or Dutch oven. Sauté onion, garlic, and chicken pieces until onion is tender.
2. Stir in tomato puree and then simmer over a low heat for a few minutes.
3. Add carrots, cloves, and tomatoes as well as spices, salt, and pepper. Cook for a few minutes and then combine water and chicken stock cube to the mix.
4.Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Allow mix to simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
5.Carefully add rice to the pot and stir carefully. If you wish to brown the chicken, remove it from the pot and place in preheated oven (25-30 minutes at 350F while rice is cooking). Recover and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes or until rice is tender. Add raisins during the last ten minutes.
6. Place rice on large dish and then top with chicken. Garnish with almonds and serve with a fresh mixed salad.