Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How to Make Kabsa

If you have not eaten Kabsa, you have not eaten yet. Kabsa is a staple traditional dish in Saudi Arabia. It is one of Saudi’s most famous dishes. You should try this dish to find the real food. The most important ingredients in this dish are rice and meat. There are three steps to make this dish.

The first step in making Kabsa is having ingredients that this dish contains. Although rice and meat are the most important ingredients, the dish cannot be made without other ingredients. Besides rice and meat, like chicken or lamb, your kitchen should include oil, onions, garlic, tomato puree, tomatoes and carrots. Spices are also required, such as cardamom pods and sticks of cinnamon. You can add raisins and almonds to the dish for adornment.

After having all of these ingredients, the second step is to prepare the ingredients for cooking. First of all, you have to rinse three cups of rice and soak them for 15 minutes. While the rice is soaking, cut two medium onions into slices, pound five cloves of garlic, chop two medium tomatoes, grate two medium carrots and open the can of tomato puree.

you are now ready to cook. Add oil to a big deep pot and sauté the onions to brown in the same pot without adding water. Then, add the meat, the garlic, the carrots, the tomatoes and the tomato puree to the onions and stir for 5 minutes over low heat. Afterwards, add six cups of water to the pot that contains the meat and the vegetables and add the spices as well. The amount of the water depends on the amount of the rice. You have to put 2 cups of water for one cup of rice. Cook the whole ingredients that you put inside the pot for about 20-25 minutes. After the required time, remove just the cooked meat and keep it in a warm place and add the rice to the pot. Cook the rice for 15 minutes over low heat. Arrange the chicken on a platter over the rice and add the raisins and the almonds after you sauté them. Your magnificent dish is ready.

Finally, you should try Kabsa because it is nutritious. It can give you the energy that you need for your day. These kinds of food give you a picture about food in other cultures. Just try this dish and you will be addicted to it. Quentin and Suraiya Ranson , Americans who tried Kabsa, say, “We will return to Kabsa again, and again” (Par. 10).

Work cited

Ranson, Quentin, and Suraiya Ranson. "ROCK THE KABSA." Vueweekly. 4 Apr. 2007

Anas Ghandorah


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