Machboos – from Emirates

Machboos مكبوس
Machboos مكبوس

Machboos is really a dish that surprises. And as you eat clean on the plate, licks his fingers and wonder if there’s more. It comes from the United Arab Emirates. The first time I ate it, was in Cairo (Egypt’s capital and Africa’s largest city) at a restaurant that specialized in food away from the Emirates. Loved it so much, that the next time I was in Cairo, went to the same restaurant.

I tend to do it often. It fits right now is very good because it has very little flavor of Christmas. Wonderfully spiced without being too much of anything.
1 kg Lamb meat
1 sliced ​​onion
1 stock cube
3 cloves
1 mace
3 bay leaves
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tsp turmeric
3 cardamom seeds
3 sliced ​​yellow onions
1 glass of boiled chickpeas
½ glass soaked sultanas
1 teaspoon crushed dried limes
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
0.5 g saffron
2 tablespoons rose water
½ glass of roasted shelled almonds
4 servings uncooked rinsed rice

Boil water with bay leaves, cumin, pepper, salt, mace, onions, turmeric, cloves, cardamom seeds, stock cube and 1 sliced ​​onion. Add the meat and let it get to cook until it is tender, about 30-60 minutes. Then fry the meat golden brown.
Turn the rice in a pan and pour over the broth from the meat and add any more water if needed and salt. Add the saffron and raisins. Let cook until it is almost done. Add the rose water and let the rice will absorb it.
Fry the onions, chickpeas and almonds golden brown.
Add the rice first. Add the meat and finally the onions, almonds and chickpeas. Serve immediately.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Jhuls says:

    Looks delicious!!

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      Thanks 🙂 And it is for sure 🙂 Try it Im sure you will love it 🙂

      1. Jhuls says:

        I will see if I can find some of the ingredients, I will try it. 😉 Thanks for sharing. xx

      2. Dinner Bank says:

        Let me know if you do. 🙂 Try the arabs or oriental shops, and Im sure you will find it there. 🙂

  2. Most delicious dish!! I believe cardamon makes all the difference in all Arabic world cuisine! Don’t feel sorry for it; use as much as you stand in your mouth.. it can only get better!

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      I totally agree with you 🙂 Its fantastic and makes all tast the best 🙂

  3. Ute Keller says:

    that will be my first in 2014 dish on january 1st, thx for this receipt

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      Your welcome 🙂 Thats a very nice way to start 2014 on. 🙂

  4. Hii there! This post reminded me of my most fav place on earth, Dubai! Used to have a loot of machboos from there. Now i can make it in my kitchen. Thnx fr the recipe. 🙂

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      You are most welcome 🙂 Im happy you found my blog so you can try it out now 🙂


    This is a great shot. We would love to use this in a cultural book. Please let us know if the image can be had royaltyfree or is it paid for. Thanks Sridhar

    1. Dinner Bank says:

      Hi This photo is my private one and is a copyrighted as well. If you want to use it, I need to know more about it.

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