Maklube is an Arabic dish and according to Wikipedia, the meaning of the word maklube is
“transformed”. However I doubt that this is the true meaning. There is probably a translation mistake. I think that the actual meaning is “inverted” or some other word to that meaning since there is no transformation within the preparation of the dish. What makes this dish a true “maklube” is that it’s served upside down, or after being inverted.
There are multiple version of “maklube”, like the ones with eggplant, almonds… I made it the way I thought my friends and family would like the best but feel free to add whatever you think will go good in it. And a final tip, “Maklube” is generally served with salad and plain yoghurt.
I hope you give this delicious traditional middle eastern recipe a try.
- 400 gr. beef cut into bite-size pieces,
- 1 cup cooked peas,
- 1/2 cup cooked carrots cut into cubes,
- 1/2 cup cooked potatoes or eggplants cut into cubes,
- 1 onion,
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil,
- 2 cups rice,
- 2 tablespoons butter,
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil,
- 5 cups hot water.
- Place the meat in a pressure cooker and cook over medium heat (no oil) until it turns light brown and absorbs all of the water it initially releases,
- Add 1/4 cup vegetable into the cooker and wait until the oil is heated,
- Now, add the onion and cook until softened,
- Add enough hot water to submerge the meat and onion in water, put the lid on and cook according to the instructions of your pressure cooker,
- Open the lid and continue cooking until most of the water is absorbed,
- In a separate saucepan, melt the butter and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil,
- Add the rinsed rice into the saucepan and stir for 3-4 min,
- Add the salt, stir, then remove from heat,
- Place the meat, peas, carrots and potatoes into the pot you are going to make maklube in, and stir everything together,
- Now add the rice on top of the meat mixture and flatten without stirring,
- Add 5 cups of hot water slowly from the sides,
- Cook over very low heat (lid on) until all the water is absorbed and rice is fully cooked,
- Let it rest for 15-20 mins, invert over a serving platter and serve.