Feb 1, 2009

Al Bukhari




1-1/2 cups basmati rice
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
2 cups water
2 teaspoons mixed spice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 shaiba leaves
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 teaspoons corn oil
6 whole cardamoms
6 whole cloves
2 medium onions, sliced
3 garlic cloves, diced
2 medium carrots, sliced
2 carrots, grated
6 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 bay leaves
2 shaiba leaves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup mixed nuts, fried
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Clean and soak rice in warm salted water for 30 minutes. In a small bowl add mixed spice, salt, pepper, cardamom, cloves, coriander and cinnamon. Marinate meat in spices, set aside.

2. In a large sauté pan on medium heat add oil. Add onions and garlic cooking until golden. Add spiced meat, stirring. Add grated carrots, shaiba leaves, tomatoes, tomato paste, bay leaves and cinnamon, stirring well. Add water, stir. Raise heat to high and allow mixture to come to a full boil then reduce heat to low. Cook for 30 minutes. Removes shaiba and bay leaves.

3. Add rice and raisins to mixture making sure rice is covered with broth, add more water if needed. Raise to high heat until a full boil, cover and simmer on low heat until rice is cooked about 25 minutes (do not open the lid what so ever). In a small pan add 2 tablespoons olive oil, carrots and nuts; cook 5 minutes on medium heat.

4. Places rice and meat in a serving dish, arrange sliced carrots and fried nuts on the top of the mixture.

Yields: 3 servings

5 fabulous comments:

meeso said...

Looks awesome, long list of ingredients, but I'm sure well worth it!

Yasmeen said...

We call it tihari,very fulfilling,making me hungry sis:)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Looks spicy and tempting.... Nice presentation.

Laila said...

This looks really delicious ...

Seena said...

Assalam alaikkum Noor,
Am really happy to find out your blog.. thanks for sharing such wonderful recipes from your land.. :)