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Lebanese Makloubi with Meat

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time30 minsCook Time2 hrs 20 minsTotal Time2 hrs 50 mins

Makloubi is a Upside Down Rice dish with either beef or chicken or can be vegetarian if you prefer. Maklouba or Makloubeh is a very popular Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Dish in various forms.

 2 1/2 lbs. veal, large chunks
 3 tablespoons olive oil
 1 large onion ( peeled and cut in half)
 1 teaspoon cinnamon
 2 cinnamon sticks
 1 teaspoon nutmeg
 1 teaspoon all spice
 1 teaspoon black pepper
 1 teaspoon red pepper flack
 2 bay leaves
 8 cups water
 2 large tomatoes, cut into circles
 1 large eggplant, cut into circle shapes and fried
 1/2 lbs. cauliflower, cut into bite size and fried
 3 cups rice ( your choice, I used Basmati)
 1-2 tablespoon of Salt ( add as you desire or less)
 3 tablespoons of ghee
 1 cup of pine nuts ( fried in Oil until golden brown)
 1 cup of blanched almonds ( fired in oil until golden brown)
 1/2 cup of oil for brown pine nuts and almonds

Heat olive oil in a deep pot over medium-high heat and sauté veal meat and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side. Add water, onion, cinnamon powder, and sticks, nutmeg, all spice, black pepper, red pepper flack and bay leafs to the pot and cook again for 2 hours on medium heat or until meat is very tender. Leave in stock once done ( taste stock for your liking of seasoning).


In a large pot, melt the ghee and turn heat to low.


Remove meat from stock and shred with a fork, then evenly place as your 1st layer ( careful HOT)


Place tomato as 2nd layer into the pot then add eggplant as 3rd layer after that add the cauliflower.


Place the rice over the layers and spread evenly.


Strain the stock and carefully pour 6 CUPS over the rice


Cover the pot and place it over high heat until the water start to boil then reduce the heat to medium and keep until the Maklouba is cooked and no more water in pot. (NEVER stir rice)


Prepare flat serving plate and quickly flip the pot over the plate then hit the pot with hand from different places and gently lift it up.


Serve and enjoy Makloubi with your favorite side dish.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 6