Arabic Gulf Rice



This recipe is pretty much the standard recipe served throughout Gulf homes for dinner. The light flavors of popular Arabic spices mixed with a bit of tomato make for a perfect fragrant rice. During Ramadan rice is often ate for suhoor. I have found that most Muslims in the West tend to eat breakfast foods at that time while Muslims in the Middle East rely on foods that one eat for dinner such as rice, soups and samboosas to make sure everyone is full for the entire day.

 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
1 white onion, diced
3/4 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup basmati rice, washed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 chicken bouillon cube
pinch ground cardamom
pinch ground cumin
pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 garlic clove, smashed

1. In a 2-quart saucepan on medium heat add oil, onion and garlic. Allow to cook until tender about 2-3 minutes.

2. Add tomato paste, salt, rice, cardamom, cumin and cinnamon. Stir allow to cook for 3 minutes.

3. Add water and chicken cube. Stir well making sure chicken cube is dissolved. Bring to a full boil then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 15 minutes then take off heat and allow to steam for a remaining 10 minutes. (never remove lid).

4. Fluff with a fork and place into a serving plate.

Yields: 3 servings

4 fabulous comments:

  1. Shobha6/23/2012

    Very simple and flavourful rice..

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  2. Sweetheart Diary6/23/2012

    Yumm, you always make me feel hungry. :(

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  3. Modestly Me6/23/2012

    yum! im going to make this tomorrow inshallah!

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  4. Noor6/24/2012

    Amna thanks thats what a cook wants to hear :)

    MM inshAllah you love it. I grilled some chicken with ours.

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