Monday, December 19, 2011

Kabsa (National Dish of Saudi Arabia) كبسة دجاج

Kabsa (National Dish of Saudi Arabia)

Kabsa is a National Dish of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is also popular  in United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Yemen. It is very similar to Biryani or Pullao but different in taste, spices and cooking technique. Rice, Meat or Poultry and dry nuts are the main ingredients, Dried Black Lemons are must, which imparts a distint aroma and flavour to this recipe.  We Pakistani loves and  respect Saudi people and their Kings. They are custodians of Holy Mosques. 

  • Chicken cut into 8 pieces  1 number
  • Rice  soaked in water 1/2 kg
  • Oil 1 cup
  • Tomatoes chopped 4
  • Onion chopped 3
  • Ginger crushed 2 teaspoon
  • Garlic crushed 2 teaspoon
  • Green Chillies whole 2-3
  • Black lemon dried whole 2
  • Cloves whole 15
  • Cardamom small whole  8
  • Cinnamon sticks 3 small size
  • Garam Masala  powder 1 teaspoon
  • Pimento powder 2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder 1-2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
  • Saffron threads  15
  • Nutmeg powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Boiled eggs  6
  • Pine nuts 2 - 3 teaspoon
  • Raisin 4-5  teaspoon
  • Pistachio  3 teaspoon
  • Almomds , golden fried,  20

  • Fry onion in oil till golden brown.
  • Now add ginger, garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Then add Tomatoes, chicken pieces  and spices and 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of salt  and cook   till chicken is near to done. Add little water if needed.
  • Now take out chicken pieces and bake in an  oven for few minutes or add 1-2 tablespoon of  oil in a large pan , arrange chicken pieces and apply load with a small pan full of water over chicken pieces to a golden colour for 1-2 minutes., then take out chicken pieces and keep aside.
  • Now add 2 to 2 and 1/2  glass of water in the gravy, add soaked rice and 1 and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook on medium flame till rice are tender and water dries up. Add green chillies and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Rice are ready.
  • Now in a large plate (Thaal/serving pan)  make heap of prepared rice, arrange chicken pieces on heap, garnish with boiled eggs , chopped tomatoes and nuts.
  • Kabsa is ready. Serve with salad and Dakkous (Arabian Tomato sauce)