The Jordanian Maqluba

Maqluba or Maqlooba is a traditional Jordanian, Iraqi, Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian dish served throughout the Levant. It consists of meat, rice and fried vegetables placed in a pot which is flipped upside down when served, hence the name Maqluba, which translates literally as “upside-down.” The dish goes back centuries and is found in the Kitab al-Tabikh, a collection of 13th century recipes.

A perfect dish when you have lots of guests to feed

a dish that you can make on relatively short order, and it is definitely a crowd pleaser.

  • After cooking, this pot is flipped upside down and served, turning the contents over giving it a layered appearance.
  • It is many centuries old and is often theorized to have been invented in the 13th century.
  • The types of vegetables most often included in this rice dish are cauliflower and eggplant.
  • Other vegetables added are usually based on what the cook has in the home at the time, which can be things like potatoes or carrots.
  • Eggplant paired with lamb, and cauliflower with chicken.
  • To garnish Maqlouba, it is best to add toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds along with chopped fresh parsley.
  • Great side dishes to include with this recipe are a simple salad or a yogurt based sauce.
  • Whatever sides you make should be appropriately large because this recipe is made for feasts.
  • The meats that are commonly used in Maqlouba are chicken or lamb

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