Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ba7-7ari - Meat with rice

This is a traditional Bahraini dish that is quite easy to make. Ba7ari comes from the root word Ba7ar which means sea. I'm not sure why its called this so if you have any idea please let me know!

  • 3 large tomatoes or 6 small tomatoes diced - I prefer using italian plum tomatoes
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of ibzaar - khaleeji spice mix (see my maragat bamia post)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of garlic
  • 2 dried limes
  • 1 pound of stewing meat (lamb or beef but lamb is preferable) Meat can be with bones or boneless
  • 1 and cup of basmati rice (soak rice in water to remove extra starch until ready to cook)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Fry tomatoes, onions and garlic in a frying/sautee pan until garlic and onions become very soft
  2. Heat oil in a seperate saucepan/pot. Rub meat with spices. Fry meat until browned.
  3. Add tomato mixture to meat
  4. Add water, dried limes and salt to taste
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Simmer covered on low until meat is done
  7. Remove water so that only 3 cups of water is left
  8. Add rice.
  9. Simmer covered until rice is done

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