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Chicken Maqlouba

Maqlouba/Maqloubeh is a Palestinian traditional food which literally means upside-down rice. It consists of meat, rice and fried vegetable like potato and eggplant placed in a pot which is flipped upside down at the time of serving.


  • 1 Large Potato sliced
  • 1 Large Eggplant/ Brinjal sliced
  • 2 Large Onions chopped
  • 2 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Large Tomato sliced
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato paste
  • 800 Grams Chicken
  • 2 Tsp Baharat spice
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper Powder (or to taste)
  • ½ Tsp Garlic powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves
  • 2 ½ Cups Basmati rice
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • Few strands Saffron
  • Vegetable oil


  • Heat a pan and pour oil for deep frying.
  • Deep fry eggplants and potatoes until brown and keep it aside.
  • In another pan, pour 3 tbsp of oil.
  • Add onions and sauté until brown in colour.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute.
  • Add tomaotes and tomato paste. Cook until tomatoes soften.
  • Add chicken and mix it well.
  • Add baharat spices, garlic powder, black pepper powder and salt.
  • Mix it well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes.
  • Add coriander leaves. The masala is ready.
  • Cook the rice by boiling or make ghee rice.
  • To layer, add poptaoes and eggplants at the bottom of the pan. Add the chicken masala. Add the rice. Pour saffron infused milk over the rice.
  • Cover the pan with a foil paper. Close the lid tightly. Place a flat pan on top of the stove on very low flame. Place the pot with maqlouba on top of that. Let it cook on dum for 45 minutes.
  • When serving, flip the rice upside down onto a serving dish and serve.