Al Kabsa

A traditional Saudi dish – fragrant rice served with flavorful chicken This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel

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Al Kabsa

Main Ingredients Chicken , Olive oil
Cuisine Arabic
Course Rice
Prep Time 26-30 minutes
Cook time 26-30 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Moderate
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Al Kabsa

  • 750 grams Chicken ,cut into 8 pieces on the bone
  • 3 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 medium Onions, , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste
  • 1 medium Carrot
  • 3 tablespoons Fresh tomato puree
  • 3 tablespoons Readymade tomato puree
  • 1/4 teaspoon Clove powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon White pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Green cardamom powder
  • to taste Salt
  • a few Saffron strands
  • 3 cups Chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups Basmati rice , soaked for 30 minutes and drained
  • 3 tablespoons Raisins
  • 3 tablespoons Pinenuts(chilgoza)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Almond slivers
  • to garnish Fresh mint sprig


  1. Heat olive oil in a deep non-stick pan, add 2 tablespoons butter and let it melt. Add onions and saute.
  2. Cut carrot into medium sized cubes.
  3. Add garlic paste to the pan, mix and saute till the raw smell disappears. Add carrot, fresh tomato puree, readymade tomato puree and mix well.
  4. Add clove powder, cinnamon powder, white pepper powder and green cardamom powder and mix well.
  5. Add chicken, salt, saffron and chicken stock and mix. Cover and let it cook.
  6. Meanwhile heat 2 tablespoons butter in another non-stick pan. Remove chicken pieces from the first pan and put into the second pan, cover and cook.
  7. Drain rice, add to the first pan and mix well. Add 1½ tablespoons raisins and pinenuts, mix, cover and cook.
  8. Add remaining raisins to chicken, cover and cook till done.
  9. When both rice and chicken are done, transfer the rice onto a serving plate, place the chicken over rice. Garnish with almonds and mint sprig and serve hot.