Maqloobeh- Upside Down Eggplants and Rice- مقلوبة بتنجان


2 cups Rice
1 pound Lamb on the bone, boiled with spices
2 Cups Meat broth


- Peel and cut the eggplants and fry till golden brown in color- drain from the oil on paper towels - Wash , soak the rice for 15 min then drain before using. -Cook the meat by boiling it with spices and fragrant herbs such as salt, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and bay leaf. Make sure you have enough broth to use to cook the recipe. -Fry your diced onions till they are golden brown in color, drain from the extra oil Assemble your Maqloobeh:
Lay down the meat in the bottom of the pot
Lay the eggplants on top of the meat
Add the rice on top of the eggplants. At this point, you may add Tumeric, cardamom, allspice, salt, black pepper and cinnamon to the rice and mix well before adding it to the pot or you may add the spices on top of the rice before adding the broth. Either ways will work fine.
Add the meat broth to the pot just to cover the rice, about 1cm above the rice. You can always add more later on while cooking if needed.
Bring the pot to a boil on high heat, then lower the heat , use a heat protection disk if you like to prevent burning. Cook for about 20-30 minutes or until the rice is cooked and fluffy.
Flip the pot in the serving platter. Garnish with friend pine nuts if you like.
Sever with plain yogurt or green salad.


Maqloobeh is one of the most famous Palestinian dishes. Its fame spread out to many Middle Eastern countries too. almost each village and town in Palestine has its own version of it. Some make it with Lamb chunks, others make it with Chicken. Many use cauliflower, carrots, or a mix of seasonal vegetables The most original recipe is prepared with Lamb chunks and fried eggplants. it is called Maqloobeh which in Arabic mean "Invert" for the last process of flipping the pot over in a big platter for serving.




Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 1:20am


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