How to Make Chicken Eggplant n’ Rice: Festive Maqloobeh

  • on May 10, 2018
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The Richness of A Traditional Regional Dish:

Festive, Fulfilling and Deliciously Looking

The Lebanese Maqloobeh

Eggplant is just part of this sophisticated dish where Chicken, Meat and Rice are also main components. Mostly known to the capital region of Beirut, it is shared regionally with the cuisines of Palestine, Jordan and Turkey, with slight differences.

We call it Maqloobet Battenjen, which means “Flipped Eggplant”.

However, the name indicates mainly the serving process, Eggplant Maqloobeh with chicken and ricefor it is the whole culinary preparation that is flipped, not only the eggplants. The result is a lovely and appealing presentation worth a dinner invitation where you aim at impressing your guests.

The richness of this dish is in the variety of its components, mainly the Eggplant, the chicken, the meat, the rice, and the nuts. Although it looks sophisticated, it is easy to prepare.

 


HEALTH BENEFITS OF THE MAQLOOBEH

Since my readers are almost English speakers, I wrote the name the way it is properly pronounced in English like in Lebanese. You might see it around written differently, like Makloubeh, which is the French pronunciation, or Maqluba, which is the Arabic pronunciation of various neighboring countries.

The Rice

Rice Benefits: Eggplant Maqloobeh with chicken and rice

  • Contains Powerful Antioxidants
  • Provides Fast and Instant Energy
  • Regulates and Improves Bowel Movements
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar Levels
  • Slows Down the Aging Process
  • Empowers Heart’s Resistance to Diseases
  • Provides an Essential Source of vitamin B1

 


The cooked chicken

Chicken Benefits : Eggplant Maqloobeh with chicken and rice

  • Helps Build Muscles and Keeps Bones Healthy
  • Relieves Stress and Reduces PMS symptoms
  • Helps Boost Testosterone Levels
  • Boosts Immunity and Promotes Heart Health

 


The cooked Beef Meat

Eggplant Meat Benefits

  • High Quality Protein
  • Excellent Source of vitamin B12
  • Very Good Source of niacin, vitamin B6, selenium, zinc, and phosphorus.
  • Good source of choline, pantothenic acid, iron, potassium, and vitamin B2.

 


The Eggplant:

Eggplant Health Benefits: Eggplant Maqloobeh with chicken and rice


The Recipe

Sticking to my homeland, I provide you with the Maqloobeh recipe of Beirut.

The ingredients are cooked individually then placed in layers in the casserole, starting with the meat then the Eggplants and the chicken. The uncooked rice is added with water. Once the culinary preparation well cooked, the casserole is flipped on the serving plate.

Enjoy!

Maqloobeh Chicken Eggplant in Rice

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Lebanese, Levantine
Keyword Almonds, Chicken, Eggplant, Exotic dish, Fancy dinner, Festive meal, Festive RIce, Maqloobeh, Maqloubeh, Pine Kernels
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 7 people

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg Chicken
  • 500 gr Eggplant peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups Vegetable Oil for deep fry
  • 5 tbsps Vegetable Oil
  • 350 gr Ground Beef minced
  • 3 cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 cubes Chicken Stock
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 2 tbsps Pine Kernels
  • 3 grains Cardamon
  • 1 tbsp Salt

To Garnish

  • 1/4 cup Almonds
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • 1/4 cup Pine Kernels

Instructions

  1. NOTE: If You wish to present your dish like in the main photo, please  scroll down to the section "Serving Fancy" before you start cooking.

Cooking the Chicken

  1. Boil the chicken with the bay leafs and the cardamon for 50 minutes until tender. Pour all on a sieve, conserving the liquid. 

    Discard the bay leads, the cardamon, and the chicken's skin and bones.

    Shred the chicken flesh into thick pieces.

Preparing the Components

  1. Deep fry the eggplant slices until golden. Set aside on kitchen paper-towel for the excess of oil to soak out. 

  2. In a casserole, heat the 5 tbsp of oil, and fry the 2 tbsp of Pine Kernels for 1 minute.

    Stir in the minced meat, and cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Remove the casserole from the heat, and lay in the remaining ingredients:

    Place the eggplant slices in a layer, covering the meat.

    Same for the chicken pieces, covering the eggplant slices.

    Top it all with the rice.*

  4. In a side pot, melt the 2 chicken stocks cubes in 5 1/2 cups of the chicken liquid (broth), add salt, and pour it over the rice. 

    Return the casserole to the stove, on high heat, and bring to a boil.

    Lower the heat, cover the casserole, and leave it to simmer for 25-30 minutes.

    Meanwhile, prepare the toppings to garnish:

Preparing the Toppings

  1. Fry the almonds and the pine kernels separately, and set them aside on a kitchen paper towel to soak off the excess of oil.

  2. Chop the parsley and set aside.

Serving

  1. When your rice is well cooked, place your serving plate face down over the casserole, and flipped them carefully. Wait a minute before removing the casserole.

    Garnish with the fried nuts and chopped parsley.

    You're good to go! Enjoy!

SERVING FANCY

  1. If you wish to have your Maqloobeh looks like in the main photo above, consider these steps while cooking:

    - Place the chicken on the meat, leaving a space around the border to fit in the eggplants

    - Place the eggplant slices upright on the sides, and spread the chicken pieces well

    - Add the rice, over the chicken, in the center, and fill it.

    - Add the seasoned broth, and cook.

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