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Machbous Rubyan (Rice With Shrimps)

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“This is a classic Gulf dish -- yum yum! I've adapted this recipe from a recipe booklet that came free with "Ship Madras Curry Powder" I made it the other day and my husband thought it was wonderful! Serve with a nice, colourful salad, otherwise it'll look a bit yellow yellow yellow! Next time I want to try putting whole king prawns on top to add a bit of colour!”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Soak rice.
  2. Fry onion and garlic in ghee until golden brown in a large pan.
  3. Add shrimps, curry powder, cinnamon, bay leaves and cardamom.
  4. Cook until the shrimps become opaque in colour.
  5. Remove half the shrimps and keep aside.
  6. To the pan add baharat, tomatoes, coriander, salt, pepper and turmeric.
  7. Stir over heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Add water.
  9. Bring to a boil then simmer for 3-5 minutes.
  10. Drain rice and stir into sauce.
  11. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  12. Cover tightly.
  13. Simmer over low heat for 25-30 minutes or until rice is cooked.
  14. Boil almonds.
  15. Remove their shells and halve.
  16. Fry until golden brown.
  17. Serve rice on a large platter.
  18. Add reserved shrimps and fried almonds to garnish.

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