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You will need:

1) 1 cup of rice (just washed and not soaked) )

2) 2 cups of shrimp

3) 1 onion thinly sliced, covered in flour and deep fried until well browned (be careful that you do not burn it)–once the onion slices are browned let them cool and then grind them (you can use a mortar and pestle) and add one cup of warm water to the mix, a pinch of ground cloves ,and a pinch of ground coriander.

4) one potato cut into the same size as the shrimp

5) few pods of cardamon (2-3 just cracked open)

6) 2 tsp of ground cumin

7) 1/2 tsp of black pepper

8) 2 tsp of ground coriander

9) 3 cloves of garlic finely minced

10) 3 tblsp of Olive Oil

11) salt to taste

12) one medium onion diced

13) 1 small tomato finely chopped

14) 1/2 tsp of tomato paste

15) salt to taste

 Place a pot on medium heat, add Olive Oil and fry onions with  just until it is golden brown. Add potatoes and  cook for 1 minute. Add cumin, coriander, pepper and salt to the shrimp and mix well and add to the pot and cook until shrimp turns pink. Add the tomato and tomato paste and cook until the tomatoes have softened. Now, add the rice and pour the deep fried onion mix and add about 1/2 cup of water for the rice to cook. Taste the water, if it is not salty enough add more salt. Leave under low heat until the rice is cooked through.

Serve on a platter with this sauce:

Dice up a small tomato and put in a bowl, add 2 tblsp of tahini paste, with 2 tblsp of yoghurt, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of white vinegar, salt to taste. Mix well and enjoy with this dish.

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White Rice [Roz Abyad]


If you are married to an Arab man from a region where rice is eaten often [almost daily basis], making rice can be a dilemma if every day is a surprise ranging from perfect to reactions such as, “Is this rice or Aseeda!” This rice recipe will help overcome those days when your rice is mistaken for Aseeda. No more surprises from now on, rather consistency. So pay attention!

Serves 2 comfortably and maybe even 3: 

1) 1 cup of Basmati rice [washed] DO NOT SOAK

2) Salt to taste

3) 2 pods of cardamon cracked open

4) 2 cinnamon sticks

5) a few peppercorns

6) 1-2 tbslp of extra virgin olive oil or canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Bring water to a rolling boil. Add salt [make sure it’s enough, since this is the only time you will be salting the rice], cardamon, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks and let boil for a minute or so. We want the water to acquire the flavor and scent of these spices.  Add the rice and let boil until almost done–‘almost done’  means that when you bite into it you feel it needs about a minute or two to be completely cooked through. Turn off and drain water. In the same pot [if oven proof/if not then use a casserole dish] add one tblsp of olive oil to the bottom , add the rice, sprinkle about 2  tblsp of water onto the rice, and the rest of the olive oil. Cover and place in oven for 20 minutes. The finished product as they say in Aden comes out, “With each rice on bad terms with its neighbor” :) which means that it comes out restaurant style.

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