Sunday, June 9, 2013

Chicken Mandi Rice (National Dish of Yemen) مندي دجاج

Chicken Mandi Rice is one of the most popular dish in Middle East. It originates in Yemen and popular in Saudi arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Syria and Egypt. I think it is a wonderful dish with all nutritious and taste you can not forget. Look at the colour and aroma in the below pictures, your mouth is filling with water.

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Chicken Mandi  مندي دجاج 
Chicken Mandi Rice During cooking at Smoking Stage مندي الدجاج أثناء الطهي
  • Chicken, cut into 4 pieces,   1 no.
  • Oil  1 + 1/2 cup
  • Tomatoes chopped  3-4 
  • Onion chopped 2
  • Ginger paste 1/2 + 1/2 teaspoon (for coating and curry)
  • Garlic paste 1/2 +1/2 teaspoon (for coating and curry)
  • Green Chillies whole  4-5
  • Rice 1/2  -  3/4 kg
For Smoking:
  • Butter   1/4 cup
  • Onion layer cup or aluminium foil 1
  • Burning coal 1-2
For Garnish:
  • Pine nuts   1-2 teaspoon spoon
  • Pistachio 1-2 teaspoon
  • Raisins 1-2 teaspoon
  • Almonds 1-2 teaspoon
  • Saffron  10-15 threads

Powder spices
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Khoranjan  powder 1 teaspoon
  • Kababa powder 1 teaspoon
  • Sumuk powder or Dry Lemon powder 1 teaspoon
Whole spices
  • Black pepper whole 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cloves whole 12
  • Cardamom green whole 6
  • Cinnamon sticks 3
  • Cumin seeds whole 1 teaspoon

  • Soak rice in enough water for 1/2 hour, wash and drain. Keep aside.
  • Thoroughly wash the chicken pieces then dry.
  • Apply 1/2 quantity of powder spices after mixing all spices together,  1/2 quantities of Ginger garlic paste on Chicken pieces and keep aside in a cool place  for marination (1-2 hours).
  • Grill Chicken on charcoal fire or on gas griller till tender. Keep aside.
  • Now Fry onion in oil till golden brown
  • Add remaining quantities of ginger garlic pastes and powder spices and whole spices fry for 2 minutes then add tomatoes and further fry for 3-5 minutes. Add soaked rice and  2-3 glass water (water should be 1 inch above the rice level) and continue to cook till near to cook.  
  • Sprinkle garnish , put grilled chicken pieces, onion cup conatin burning coals and butter. 
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Delicious Chicken Mandi Rice is ready.
  • Serve with Dakkous and Salad.