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Maklouba is a dish traditionally made for celebrations or for welcoming visitors or family members who have been away. Maklouba is Arabic for upside down; when serving it, the pot is turned over for the meat ingredients to end up on top of the rice.

Serves 8


2 lbs. meat (ground lamb or beef)
2 lbs. rice
2 heads cauliflower
6 large carrots
Salt and pepper to taste


1) Cook the meat and drain the broth. Save the broth and put it aside.

2) Fry the cauliflower and carrots and add them on top of the cooked meat.

3) Soak the rice in hot water for 15 minutes.

4) Drain the rice and add it to the top of the cauliflower/carrots/meat.

5) Add the meat broth to water to make 6 cups. Pour the mixture on top.

6) Simmer until the rice is cooked (approximately 20 minutes).

7) Turn the pot upside down onto a serving dish and season with salt and pepper.

8) Sauté pine nuts in oil and sprinkle on top.
Serve with yogurt and cucumber/tomato salad.

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Hatem’s mother shows how to prepare this traditional Arabic specialty.

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