Makloubeh (Upside down rice and lamb casserole)



400 gram long grain rice Persian rice

100 gram clarified butter

300 gram cauliflower cut into flowerets

400 gram onion diced

500 gram Lamb shoulder (or chicken) cut into 1.5 cm cubes

Salt and pepper

5 gram ground cumin

5 gram all spice

10 gram garlic crushed

50 ml olive oil

400 gram eggplant sliced

600 ml chicken stock

2-3 threads saffron dissolved in stock

40 gram toasted pine nuts and almonds

Coriander for garnish


Soak the rice in lightly salted lukewarm water for about 1 hour. Drain well

In a large, heavy skillet heat 2 Tbsp. of the butter and sauté the onions until translucent.

Sprinkle the lamb generously with salt and pepper and add to the onions.

Sauté, stirring regularly until the meat is seared on all sides and the onions are golden.

Add 1 tsp of the cumin, the allspice and just enough water to cover the lamb.

Bring to a boil and then lower the flame, simmering uncovered for 20 minutes.

In a large heavy skillet melt the remaining butter together with the olive oil. Fry the eggplant slices, seasoning with salt and black pepper and the remaining cumin. When nicely browned drain the slices on paper toweling and set aside.

Separately, deep fry the cauliflower and remove.

Sprinkle a casserole dish with salt, spread the garlic on the bottom and then add the lamb and onions. Top the mixture with the eggplant slices, cauliflower florets and the rice. Pour over just enough of the stock to cover the rice, bring to a boil and then cover tightly. Reduce the heat and simmer until the rice is cooked and the liquids absorbed

To un-mold, run a knife around the rim, place a platter on top and quickly and then un-mold. Sprinkle over with the pine nuts and coriander. Serves 4 – 6.

3 thoughts on “Makloubeh (Upside down rice and lamb casserole)

  1. The photo of this recipe is incorrect. It is supposed to be turned upside down with the rice on the bottom. Not surprising really, when you consider the name of the dish!!!


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