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We had friends in for dinner last night, and it was perfect Jambalaya weather. Nights are cold, and you want something that will warm you up and “stick to your ribs.”

“What is this?” my Kuwaiti friend asked, and I told him it was machboos if it were made in New Orleans, which made him laugh.

Like machboos, the recipe is infinitely variable. A lot of times, you put in what you have. Here is what I used, and it was delicious!

1 chopped onion
1 chopped green (or red) sweet pepper

Sautee together in olive oil and a little butter for richness.

Sautee 2.5 cups of rice in more olive oil and butter with 1 Tablespoon Tony Cochere’s Cajun Seasoning (available at the Sultan Center)

Add five cups liquid, made up of 3 packets of tomato paste (like the small cans we use in the US) plus chicken broth plus any liquid from the shrimp), bring to a boil, turn down and let simmer for 40 minutes or until rice has absorbed most of the liquid)

1 or 2 chopped tomatoes, for texture and color
1 cup chopped artichoke hearts
1 cup chopped chicken
1 smoked beef sausage (in the US this might be pork) chopped into pieces, or you could use a packet of the “Little Smokies” you can find at Sultan Center), pre-cooked
1 lb (500 grams) great big Kuwaiti shrimp

Stir in and let sit five minutes to heat all ingredients and so flavors blend.

Serve! This feeds six people generously, and up to twelve if other dishes are also served – salads, vegetables, etc.

January 12, 2008 - Posted by | Cooking, Cross Cultural, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Recipes


  1. Its more of a baryani than machboos ;p

    Comment by Purgatory | January 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. Really, Purg? I believe you, and I need to understand why?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. Baryani is a mixture of things,while machboos is basically rice, nuts and meat or chicken.

    Comment by Purgatory | January 12, 2008 | Reply

  4. So machboos rice is plain cooked rice (like not with any tomato sauce or onions or anything mixed in) with stuff put on the outside after it is cooked, and biriyani is rice cooked WITH things like spices, raisins, meat, etc?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  5. yes, do a google search and see what you can find, or better, go to a Kuwait restaurant and order both 🙂

    Comment by Purgatory72 | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  6. LLLOOOLLL Purg – tell me a Kuwait restaurant, please! I remember Mark telling about one in the Behbehani complex, but I couldnt’ find it. Is there one you recommend?

    We used to eat machboos at The Majlis in Doha, Qatar, all the time. They had a chicken one and a fabulous seafood one. But I could swear the rice had stuff cooked in it, just like biriyani. Different things, different spices, but they seemed to me to be very similar.

    Do YOU cook machboos?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2008 | Reply

  7. hmm, I do not buy from outside, but there are some in your area am sure and in Kuwait city, check the Bazzar Guide 2008 for clues.

    I eat everything, especially free food.

    Comment by Purgatory72 | January 14, 2008 | Reply

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