Wednesday, February 4, 2009


This is a Saudi recipe that my mother makes a lot at home.  It is really simple to make yet it tastes delicious.  I don't know the exact english translation for mudallala.  It means a spoilt girl (i.e. spoiled by her parents) except for it has a more positive connotation.  If anyone can think of the exact translation please let me know!

  • 2 cups of basmati rice, soaked
  • dried dill weed (sbint/shbint in arabic)
  • 2 chicken breasts (around 1 lb)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Cardamom
  • tumeric
  • 1 maggie cube
  • 1 lb (or more) of greek yogurt or lebnah (you can also mix sour cream and lebnah together)
  • Sumac
  1. Preheat oven to 375 farenheit
  2. Chop chicken breasts into one inch pieces.  Place in water.  
  3. Add 1 bay leaf, some cardamom, some tumeric, 1 maggie cube and some salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low until chicken is done.  Take chicken out
  5. Cook rice in chicken broth.  (1.5 cups of chicken broth to 1 cup of rice if using absorption method.  Ratio doesn't matter if using strained rice method).
  6. When rice is done, add a lot of dill to the rice (alternatively you can add the dill when cooking the rice).  Rice should become a greenish color
  7. Take a casserole dish.  Line with olive oil.
  8. Place 3/4 amount of rice in dish.  Press to flatten
  9. Add chicken
  10. Cover chicken with more rice.  Press to flatten.
  11. Cover with lebneh or greek yogurt
  12. Top with sumac
  13. Place in oven for 1/2 hour. 


Evil Odd said...

Yummo! I can see myself making this one!

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