Saturday, December 13, 2008

Muhammar

Muhammar is a sweet rice and it's one of the most famous dishes in the Arabian gulf countries specially Bahrain. Muhammar is a must in the bahraini cuisine as a accompaniment to fish and only Fish. Let's try together this wonderful Muhammar recipe.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups basmati rice, washed
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 2 table spoons rose water
  • 3 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup ghee or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Preparation:
  • Soak together saffron, cardamom, cloves, and rosewater; leave aside to steep.
  • Add rice to 6 cups of boiling water: boil to half cooked about 8 minutes; drain.
  • Stir sugar through the hot rice
  • Heat the ghee or butter in the same pan the rice was boiled and add the sweetened rice. Sprinkle the rose water mix on top
  • Cover the rim of pan with a cloth or paper towels and place lid on tightly
  • Cook over very low heat about 20-25 minutes. Transfer to serving platter.
  • Top with melted butter.
  • Best eaten with fried king fish or rabbit fish (safee)

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