Makloubeh (Cooked aubergine with rice)
Serves: 4 -6
3 large aubergines
400g minced lamb
2 onions (1 chopped, 1 sliced in circles)
2 tbs pine nuts
1 tsp mixed spices
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs oil
1 red pepper sliced
1 1/2s cup rice
3 cups chicken stock
Salt & pepper
Fry the pine nuts till golden brown and remove. Fry
the chopped onions until soft and add meat, salt & 1/2
tsp mixed spices. Fry till meat browned. Separately,
deep fry the aubergines and remove. Now deep fry the
sliced pepper and sliced onions for 1 min then remove.
Alternatively, brush the vegetables with oil and
Put 2 tbs of rice in the pot and put the meat
mixture on top. Then layer the vegetables on top (try
to arrange some aubergine slices around the sides).
Add the remainder of the rice on top. Add the
spices, chicken stock, salt & pepper. Cover and simmer
for 40 mins.
place the pot UPSIDE-DOWN (translates to 'makloubeh')
on a large dish. Carefully lift the pot trying to
retain the shape of the contents.