How to make Kabsa -

Rice preparation with chicken and dry fruits.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Chicken (चिकन), Basmati rice (बासमती चावल)

Cuisine : Middle Eastern

Course : Rice


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Hindi: murgh
Be a kid or a teenage or an adult or an oldie, chicken lovers trend all over the world at all times! One meat that is a favourite of all beyond belief! When cooked, it can be presented in many guises. Sauté it, fry it, toss it, bake it, steam it – eat it the way you want to. Whatever its form may be upon being cooked, its flavour may change but its flesh remains high in protein, low in fat and can be digested easily.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Kabsa Recipe

  • Chicken cut into bite size pieces 800 grams

  • Basmati rice soaked 1 1/2 cups

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Onion sliced 2 medium

  • Garlic crushed 4 cloves

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Cloves 3

  • Cinnamon 2

  • Green cardamoms crushed 4

  • Bay leaves 2

  • Salt to taste

  • Black pepper powder to taste

  • Tomatoes pureed 3 medium

  • Carrots grated 2

  • Eggs hard boiled 2

  • Raisins optional 6-8

  • Almonds optional 6-8

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Heat oil in a pan. Add onions and garlic and sauté till light brown. Add cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, cardamoms, bay leaves, salt and pepper power and sauté for a minute. Add tomato puree and sauté for a minute.

Step 2

Add the chicken pieces and carrots and cook till the chicken pieces are tender. Remove only the chicken pieces and set aside.

Step 3

Add the rice to the remaining mixture in the pan along with three cups of water and cook till the rice is cooked or the water is absorbed. Add the chicken pieces and mix.

Step 4

Arrange the mixture on a serving platter with the chicken pieces on top. Serve hot garnished with halved boiled eggs, raisins, almonds and coriander leaves.

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