Maklubah is one of the traditional dishes in Palestine. It is most commonly made with chicken, but you can also make it with fish as I will illustrate in this post. Yesterday Hilda, our landlord’s wife let me watch her as she prepared Maklubah with fish for 14 of us. Here I will give the basic ingredients which can be adjusted according the number of people you are cooking for.
What you will need:
1 large pot
1 Mixing bowl
1 even larger serving plate
Step One–the Onions:
Place large chunks of onion in the large pot. Fill the bottom of the pot for large groups, or for 4-6 people use approximately 6-8 medium to large onions.
Add a couple pinches of salt and 1 TBL spoon of cumin.
Pour oil over the onions and cook until the onions become soft.
While the onions cook, prepare breading for the fish.
Step Two—The Fish:
Cut desired fish filets in half
Cut pieces of fish to half pieces.
In a mixing bowl place:
2 cups of Flour
2 TBL spoons of salt
1 1/2 TBL spoons of Cumin
1 1/4 TBL spoons of Tumerick
1 TBL spoon of Cinnamon
1 TBL spoon of black pepper
Mix ingredients of breading. Bread the fish with this mixture.
Fry breaded fish (in a pan or deep fry).
Step 3—The Rice
Use 1/2 cup of Basmati rice for each person to be served.
1 TBL spoon of Salt
1 TBL spoon of Cumin
1 TBL spoon of Tumeric
Step 4—Combining the onions, fish and rice
Place the pieces of fried fish on top of the cooked onions in the large pot.
Place the rice mixture on top of the fish and add water just above the onion, fish and rice mixture.
3 TBL spoons of salt
3-4 TBL spoons of Cumin
1 TBL spoon of Tumerick
1-2 TBL spoons of Cinnamon
1 TBL spoon of Black Pepper
Simmer onion, fish and rice mixture until rice is fully cooked.
Get someone really strong to help you flip the pot of cooked food onto a large serving plate.
Add your favorite salads, (hummas, babaganoush, radish, etc.) to the table.
EAT your delicious food! (Zatain, Buen Provecho!)