Al Kabsa or Kabsa Recipe – Traditional Arabian Dish

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Kabsa recipe is for chilling out with the food in a good mood. These Arabian dishes conclude all the mix of spices and authentic basmati rice. The spice grilled chicken and flavorful, delicious basmati rice are the ultimate choices of any event. Just get ready to guide your chef within and consolidate all your energy for these delicious recipes.  

When it comes to food, the food makers and food lovers are always searching for new ideas and inspiration. The easy way to get new ideas is to explore different cultures and traditions. The recipes with the basmati rice make it more aromatic and authentic, which consolidate the full flavor in one bowl of rice. 

The mesmerizing fragrance and delicious aroma is not enough about the basmati rice. The Arabian dishes depend upon the basmati rice because its taste and authentic touch give it a marvelous texture.  

The chicken kabsa recipe is the basic classic recipe from Saudi Arabia. But there is a various version of the kabsa available in the neighboring countries. Chicken and basmati rice are cooked to entertain the food lovers or guests of any occasion to make it more memorable. Just taste once. Then, add this recipe to your all-time favorite recipe with delicious long grain basmati rice. 

The use of long-grain slender basmati rice in the recipe adds a whole new level of flavor to it. Indian basmati rice is the choice of every kitchen, whether Mughlai, Chinese, Continental and Indian. 

For Arabian kabsa, you need a large piece of chicken and then cooked them in two stages. Firstly on the pan and then on the griller. It is the secret of the delicious kabsa recipe. 

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 2 hours
  • Total time: 2 hours 15 min
  • Serving: 6 people



  • ¼ tbsp cardamom
  • ¼ tbsp ground white pepper
  • ¼ tbsp saffron
  • ½ tbsp ground all spices
  • ½ dried whole lime powder


  • 3 cup basmati rice, rinsed
  • 2tbsp oil or butter
  • Three medium-size onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • One green chili
  • Two dried bay leaves
  • Six cloves
  • Four cardamom pods
  • One cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree or paste
  • One pinch of nutmeg powder
  • ½ tbsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tbsp ground cumin
  • ½ tbsp ground coriander
  • Three medium carrots finely chopped
  • Three tomatoes chopped
  • Two chicken stock cubes
  • 1 ½ kg whole chicken, cut into six pieces
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • Water
  • Salt to taste
  • Raisins to garnish(optional)
  • Slivered almonds to garnish(optional)


  1. For making the mixture of kabsa spice, add cardamom, white pepper, saffron, cinnamon, all spice ingredients, and lime powder in a large bowl. Set aside
  2. Take a large, heavy-bottom pan and heat oil in it over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and green chilies. Sauté for 3 min until the onion turn golden brown. Put bay leaves, cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks—sauté for one minute. 
  3. Stir in tomato puree. Put ground nutmeg, ground black pepper, ground cumin, ground coriander and kabsa spice in a pan. Add salt also—Fry the spice for a minute. Add carrot and diced tomato. Stir and cook for 2 min. 
  4. Add chicken pieces. Brown chicken occasionally turning for about 30 to 40 minutes. Take away the chicken pieces from the pan. Set aside.
  5. Add rice and raisin. Transfer in 4 cups water. Sprinkle the salt and wait until it brings to the boil. Lower the heat and cover the lid and boil for 10 to 15 minutes. 
  6. Now it’s time to grill the chicken for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve rice with grilled chicken. 


Per serving nutrients

Calories: 528.2

Protein: 29.2g or 58 %

Carbohydrates: 54.9g or 18 %

Dietary Fiber: 3g or 12 %

Sugars: 7.3g

Fat: 21.2g or 33 %

Saturated Fat: 7.6g or 38 %

Cholesterol: 88mg or 29 %

Vitamin A: 4320.2IU or 86 %

Niacin Equivalents: 7.9mg or 61 %

Vitamin B6: 0.5mg or 28 %

Vitamin C: 12.5mg or 21 %

Folate: 17.8mcg or 4 %

Calcium: 59.2mg or 6 %

Iron: 2.4mg or 13 %

Magnesium: 41.8mg or 15 %

Potassium: 432.1mg or 12 %

Sodium: 422.7mg or 17 %

Thiamin: 0.1mg or 11 %

Calories from Fat: 190.9

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