Dajaj Salona

This is one of the best chicken dishes that I have came across. My toddler was even eating everything not knowing that it was cram packed with vegetables. The curry powder really made this dish so full of flavor that you will never know your actually eating a healthy meal. This has become my mother in laws as well as my own new way to cook vegetables (chicken stock and curry).

As you see in the picture below I served this very dish to my guest, they loved it. Sorry the picture has it covered in foil but I was trying to keep it hot. The seating is the traditional Saudi way. Even though most Saudis have some of the nicest dining room tables I have ever saw.

1 large chicken, cut into 8 pieces
6-1/4 cups water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 small piece of ginger, peeled and crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
4 zucchinis, cubed
1 eggplant, cubed
1 cup cubed pumpkin
3 tomatoes, chopped
2 dried limes
1 green chili, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 green pepper, sliced
1 cup cilantro, chopped

1. In a large sauté pan on high heat add chicken and water, bring to boil. Cover and cook for 25 minutes. Remove chicken from pan, strain stock and reserve.

2. Heat the vegetables oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add onions, and cook until golden. Stir in garlic, tomatoes paste, potatoes, pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, dried lime and chili, cook for 5 minutes.

3. Add the chicken pieces to the pan, alone with the reserved stock, green pepper and all spices. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add cilantro and simmer for 10 minutes, until chicken and potatoes are tender. Serve with white rice.

Yields: 4-6 servings

Adapted from The Middle Eastern Cookbook

11 Responses to Dajaj Salona

  • Kitchen Flavours says:

    Wow dear nice and yum recipe. Love the way you served the food…dastarkhan as we say it here….

  • Summer says:

    Thank you for listing my blog on your blogroll!! i really appreciate it. Your blog is very nice too and your recipes are very organized. thanks for sharing.

  • Sonia says:

    I prepared this dish again today. It is fabulous!!! What makes me so happy to prepare it is that its full of veggies and soooo flavorful. Delicious!

  • Anonymous says:

    assalam alikum my name is arrwa and i love your website, I especially love this recipe and the way you served the food on the sufra ( i think?), could you tell me what else was on the sufra, it just seems so lavish and i would love to invite guests over and do something like this, thank you so much, take care
    Arrwa

  • Noor says:

    Alaykum Salam thank you for the kinds comments ukti. The rest of the food is fruit,fried eggplant slices with yogurt, Greek salad and
    pita bread. And yes that is the sufra that we were eating on. You should invite guest over and do this, if you do not have the sufra just use any blanket. That will work great. I am sure your friends and you would have a great time. I am glad you like my blog inshAllah you continue to enjoy it.

  • ♥ Arab Mania ♥ says:

    That’s good recipe. Is it an emaraati recipe called “djaj morraq saloona” but i know it different way ! I like to cook this coz it’s very tasty

  • khaleefa267 says:

    umm its originally an Emarati recipe NOT Saudi… hope you like it :P i usually have this 4 times a week !

  • Noor says:

    sweetie it does not say it is a Saudi recipe anywhere and if you look at the category it is you will see UAE.

  • Maryam says:

    salaam ukhti, I made this today and it is delicious mashaAllaah! I love the veggies! it will be a regular at our place… jazakillahu khayr!

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