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Makloubeh (Cooked aubergine with rice) -

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       Ingredients How to?

  •  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

    1. 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.
    2. Alternatively, brush the vegetables with oil and grill.

      To assemble:
    3. 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).
    4. Add the remainder of the rice on top. Add the spices, chicken stock, salt & pepper. Cover and simmer for 40 mins.

      To serve:
    5. place the pot UPSIDE-DOWN (translates to 'makloubeh') on a large dish. Carefully lift the pot trying to retain the shape of the contents.
    6. Decorate with the pine nuts.

      Serve with yoghurt and green salad.
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