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Bahraini Machboos



  • Serves 6
  • Cooks in 90 mins (30m prep + 60m cook)
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Tastes: Bitter Salty Sour Sweet Umami
  • Estimated nutrition per serving

A great meal from Bahrain

local_grocery_store Ingredients

restaurant_menu Method

  1. 1.In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat.
  2. 2.Add the onions and cook until they are golden brown.
  3. 3.Add the garlic, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, and cloves, and cook for another minute.
  4. 4.Add the lamb or chicken and cook until browned on all sides.
  5. 5.Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt, and black pepper, and cook for another minute.
  6. 6.Add the rice and water, and bring to a boil.
  7. 7.Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until the rice is cooked and the liquid has been absorbed.
  8. 8.Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  9. 9.Fluff the rice with a fork and transfer to a serving dish.
  10. 10.Garnish with the caramelized onions, raisins, and almonds.
  11. 11.Serve hot and enjoy!

lightbulb_outline Tips

  • chevron_rightYou can use bone-in or boneless lamb or chicken for this recipe.
  • chevron_rightYou can also add other vegetables like carrots or potatoes to the dish.
  • chevron_rightMake sure to soak the raisins in water before adding them to the dish to prevent them from burning.