Spooniful Dishes: Machbuss Rubian (Shrimp and Rice Pilaf)

SpoonFed: Via Saveur

Influences from all over the Middle East and South Asia converge in this highly seasoned seafood pilaf made with curry and shrimp. This recipe first appeared in SAVEUR Issue #140 along with Anissa Helou’s story Breaking the Fast. [...] read more


2 cups basmati rice
5 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/2 cup canola oil
15 curry leaves
3 whole cloves
2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced lengthwise
2 tsp. bzar (Emirati spice mix)
1 tsp. ground turmeric
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 2″ piece ginger, peeled and minced
3 dried black limes (see “Sour Power“), pricked with a knife
2 plum tomatoes, cored and finely chopped
2 2/3 cups vegetable stock
2 lb. jumbo head-on shrimp, cleaned
3 tbsp. finely chopped parsley
3 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro