Makmoura (Rice with Cabbage)

This meal is very special to me. It reminds me of my childhood as my grandmother prepared it often, and I always enjoy eating it with a cabbage salad. Also, once when I was pregnant with my youngest boy (my fourth child:), I had a nap in the afternoon and when I woke up craving something with cumin. It is all about cumin. When I woke up, I cooked this Makmoura and on my plate I have to add a big tablespoon of cumin to satisfy my desire. Until now, I like this meal a lot. And I am so glad to share it with you, it is very simple to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • One medium cabbage
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 8 to 10 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation:

  • Remove the leaves of cabbage, wash and thinly slice, remove about half for the salad
  • Heat the olive oil, fry the onion until translucent, add the garlic then the cabbage, cover the pot and let it cook for about 5 minutes
  • Add the rice, cover with 4 cups of water, season with salt and cumin. When it starts boiling lower the fire, cover and let it simmer gently until the rice is well cooked
  • Serve with cabbage salad: put the cabbage in a bowl and mix with 1 clove garlic crushed, 1 teaspoon salt, juice of one lemon and extra virgin olive oil

ET VOILA…C’EST TOUT.. BON APPETIT :)

Comments

  1. I just bought some wonderful cumin and now I know exactly what I am going to do with it! This looks so very wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  2. I see there is lots of garlic too! It sounds and looks like very comforting food

  3. thank you for another great recipe ,,i just made this dish with your recipe…it was so aromatic , healthy and filling….i had eaten before but with burghol. I love it with the rice….I also made the cabbage salad but i did the way I knew with nana/dried mint in the dressing as well…miriam

  4. Hi Auntie,
    We have the same dish in Iran – kalam polo (used to be my favorite!) except our rice is yellow from addition of saffron. Zahy and I must make it now along with your stuffed eggplants mmm :) Thank you! Kisses!

  5. Hi Auntie,
    We have the same dish in Iran – kalam polo (used to be my favorite with extra cumin!) except our rice is yellow from addition of saffron. Zahy and I must make it now along with your stuffed eggplants mmm Thank you! Kisses!

    • Hi dear Anousha,
      I am so glad from your comment, that’s prove that we all in the middle east countries have very similar dishes.. I hope you will try this one with Zahy and enjoy it as well..BON APPETIT:). Kisses.

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