Saudi Kabsa

Saudi Kabsa Recipe

Kabsa is the national dish of Saudi Arabia, and considering its taste, it’s easy to find out why! A Kabsa is quite similar to the Indian biryani, but with a milder flavour. It’s a great alternative to trying something new with your rice.

Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3-4


500g Kohinoor Extra Flavour Basmati Rice
8 Chicken drumsticks
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 medium onions, sliced
1 Can tomato puree
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 medium carrots
Grated rind of one orange
4 cloves
4 cardamom pods
3 cinnamon sticks
Salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup raisins sliced almonds & cashews


  • Sauté onion in oil until they begin to brown.
  • Add chicken pieces, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, garlic and stir for about five minutes over low heat.
  • Stir in three cups hot water, grated carrot, orange rind, spices, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook over medium heat, covered, about 20-25 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
  • Remove the chicken. Set aside to keep warm.
  • Stir rice into the liquid in the pan, and cook, covered over low heat for about 35-40 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  • Put rice on a serving platter with chicken pieces arranged around garnish with fried raisins almonds and cashews.