Makhloubeh (Middle Eastern Rice Dish)

Seasoning for the rice:

2 cups rice

1 cup Egyptian rice

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp turmeric

4 tsp better than bullion vegetable paste

1 tsp all spice

1 tsp cardamom powder

2 lbs lean ground beef, lamb or chicken

2-3 tbsp Olive oil

All spice to taste

4-6 cloves of crushed garlic

2 tbsp tomato paste

Crushed red pepper to taste

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 lemon

1 bunch cilantro chopped fine

1 onion chopped

1 tsp cumin


Copped cauliflower

1 zucchini chopped

1 eggplant chopped

1 onion chopped

1 tomato sliced

3 cloves of garlic crushed

Salt and pepper to taste

2 tsp olive oil


In a sauté pan heat oil and sauté onions and garlic till translucent. Now add the ground meat and spices and cook for about 10 min add the tomato paste and cook for a few more minutes. Set aside

Boil 3 1/4 cups of water seasoned with everything under seasoning for rice. Boil till almost done. Set aside

Heat your cast iron skillet and add oil. Put your all veggies except the cauliflower in there. Cover and let it cook. In the meantime roast your cauliflower in the oven. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake till done. Now mix it with the other veggies and do not cover it. Cook for about 5 minutes more. Set aside

Now let’s assemble the makloubeh. Grease a deep sauce pan with olive oil. Now slice 2-3 tomatoes and layer the bottom so that there’s a nice layer of tomatoes covering the entire bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper. The next step is to spoon the meat gently over the tomatoes. Take a saucer or back of a serving spoon and pat it down so it’s nice and packed. Now you add the veggies and again pack it down. The final layer is the rice. Layer that then pack it. Put it on medium heat and let it cook through and let the flavors marry. Now the final step, you add your serving plate to the top of the saucepan and flip it. Gently remove the saucepan and voila you have a delicious makloubeh. Garnish with cilantro and pomegranate kernels. Take a picture, spread the love and tag me

You can watch the youtube videoon how to assemble the Makhloubeh and flip it using the link below