Chicken kabsa, a cultural staple from Saudi Arabia. In this signature dish, rice is flavoured with whole spices, aromatic ground baharat spice blend, tomatoes and chicken stock. In my version, there are also some chickpeas added to the rice for some extra protein. The rice is served with chicken which first cooks in the onion and spice base of the kabsa rice and is then pan roasted in butter to add some colour and crispiness to the chicken. This is a beautiful dish to serve on a platter to feed guests on dinner parties or special occasions such as Eid.
Pea pilau rice, prepared with ghee and fragrant whole spices is the perfect option to accompany with meat or chicken for a dinner party or special occasion. Fluffy rice is coated in buttery ghee and spices such as cumin seeds, black cardamom and cloves which is contrasted with small bursts of sweetness from the peas.
How’s your week going readers? As I mentioned in my last post, it really feels like spring is in the air at the moment and I am super pumped. I’m done with the endless nights and the cold weather that just makes you want to stay under the covers where it’s actually warm. For me, like many people, winter is associated with comfort food… and carbs, try as I might to stay away from them. Usually by the end of winter, as much as I am fed up of the cold and the dark, I’m often fed up of indulging in overly heavy foods that make me feel lethargic and sluggish. The warmer and longer days are an exceptional motivation in wanting to eat lighter and better.