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.
Daal is a staple Indian comfort food. This thick and creamy vegetarian friendly dish has a hint of citrus through the addition of kaffir lime leaves. It’s super easy to whip up and goes great paired with rice or you could try my favourite way of sipping it on its own from an over sized mug – it is literally like a hug in a mug. If you’ve checked out my Lebanese rashta soup or vegetarian Harira soup you will know that I am a huge fan of lentils and legumes. And dal is probably my favourite lentil dish out there.