Upside Down (Maqluba) Rice | My Recipe Time

Upside Down (Maqluba) Rice

Upside Down (Maqluba) Rice | My Recipe Time This perfect meal features all four food groups. It is inspired by the Arabic dish called 'Maqluba,' which translates to 'upside down.' When the meal has finished cooking, you take the pot and flip it upside down onto a large serving platter, and everybody helps themselves."

Prep:30 m
Cook:1 h 10 m
Ready In:1 h 40 m
(Maqluba) Rice


7 cups water
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 pinch salt 
ground black pepper to taste
2 cups cooking oil
2 cups lamb meat, cut into small pieces
1 large eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch slices
2 zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 cup broccoli
1 cup cauliflower
1 1/2 cups jasmine rice
1 (16 ounce) container plain yogurt


Step 1
Bring to a boil the water, onion, garlic, cinnamon, turmeric, garam masala, salt, and pepper in a large pot. Add the lamb; reduce the heat to low and simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Separate the lamb from the liquid and set aside. Transfer the liquid to a bowl.

Step 2
While the lamb mixture simmers, heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Fry the eggplant slices in the hot oil, assuring the pieces do not touch, until brown on both sides; remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Use the same procedure to fry the zucchini and the cauliflower. Cook the broccoli in the oil until hot and remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Step 3
Layer the lamb into the bottom of the large pot. Arrange the eggplant, zucchini, broccoli, and cauliflower on top of the lamb in layers. Pour the rice over the meat and vegetables, shaking the pot gently to allow the rice to settle into the dish. Pour the reserved cooking liquid from the lamb over the mixture until it is completely covered. Add water if needed.

Step 3
Cover the pot and simmer over low heat until the rice is soft and the liquid is absorbed, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove the lid from the pot. Place a large platter over the pot and flip the pot so the dish is "upside down" on the platter. Serve with yogurt on the side.

Cook's Note:
You may use beef or chicken in place of the lamb, if you like. Use about 2 cups, cut into bite-sized pieces.

Nutritional Information

Upside Down (Maqluba)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 1019
% Daily Value *
Total Fat: 78.1g
120 %
Saturated Fat: 14.0g
Cholesterol: 50mg
17 %
Sodium: 152mg
6 %
Potassium: 919mg
26 %
Total Carbohydrates: 58.3g
19 %
Dietary Fiber: 6.8g
27 %
Protein: 24.3g
49 %
Sugars: 11g
Vitamin A: 251IU
Vitamin C: 35mg
Calcium: 200mg
Iron: 3mg
Thiamin: 0mg
Niacin: 9mg
Vitamin B6: 0mg
Magnesium: 69mg
Folate: 88mcg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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