Bahrain and Saudi Arabia


Original Word: Tiny Island
Nationality: Bahraini
Language: Arabic
Population: 1,248,348
157th largest country in the world.
Capital: Manama

Chicken and rice is the dish of every country. Chicken rice casserole, jambalaya, curries, stir fried rice… This is the Bahrain chicken rice.

Machbous Ala Djaj (Chicken Rice)

2 cups basmati rice, rinsed
1 onion, chopped
1 green chile, minced
1lb/500g chicken breast, bite sized pieces
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp clove
1 lime, zest and juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch ginger piece, minced
2 1/2 cups water

1. Rinse and soak basmati rice for 10 minutes.
2. Mix dried spices together. Add 1/2 of spices to chicken and mix well. 3. Saute onions in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. When onions are soft add chile and saute for a minute.
4. Add chicken and brown evenly.
5. Add rest of spices and zest of the lime. Stir well. Add garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant.
6. Add water and bring to a boil. Add drained rice, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes.
7. Finish with lime juice and a dab of butter.

I served the chicken rice with buttered green beans. This was good. I probably wouldn’t make it again. It was too dry for me. However, it was good.

Saudi Arabia

Original Word: Aladdin
Nationality: Saudi
Language: Arabic
Population: 26,534,504
46th  largest country in the world.
Capital: Riyadh

Here is another cardamom recipe. I LOVE CARDAMOM! Later this week I will be making a cardamom cake from Kuwait.

Cardamom Fruit Salad (adapted from

2-4 cups of fruit (I used pineapple, mango, and pomegranate seeds.)
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp water
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 cup juice (I used juice of a pomegranate.)

1. Cut and prep fruit.
2. Bring honey, water, and cardamom to a boil. Boil for two minutes.
3. Add juice. Mix fruit and sauce and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

This was a great alternative to a fruit salad. It went well with the chicken and rice which was more on the dry side.

Let me know what you think!


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