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Layered Eggplant, Rice, Cauliflower & more - مقلوبة الباذنجان باللحمة

This recipe is very common all over the Arab world and not only Lebanon. In Jordan, it is very popular and they prepare it with Lamb. In Lebanon, another version of this is popular also, but made with chicken instead of meat and without eggplant and nuts, I will post it one day as well. I personally prefer this one :) In arabic it is called (Makloubeh or Ma2loubeh= turned over, because you layer everything and turn the pot upside down to serve)

Serves at least 5
1 eggplant
1 small cauliflower
2 cups of rice (long grain)
1 pound of lean medium cubed beef or lamb
1 cup of assorted raw nuts (like pistachios, almonds, pine nuts etc...)
1 big onion chopped
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
4 cups of wate
1 teaspoon butter
Vegetable oil for frying
Some olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste and some allspice

- Slice the eggplant into medium circles, sprinkle salt and let it drain its water for like half an hour (this way it won't absorb a lot of oil ;))Then drain on a paper towel and fry them half way until they begin to turn gold. Fry the cauliflower too and let drain ona paper towel as well.
- Now in a cooking pot, add chopped onions and some olive oil then add the meat, add salt & pepper to taste and allspice, cook until the meat is mostly cooked, then layer the eggplant on top of the meat and onions, then layer the cauliflower on top of that then the rice. Now mix the tomato paste with the 4 cups of water and add to the rice and all. Let everything cook on medium and until the rice is done and has absorbed the water. Meanwhile, in a pan, add a teaspoon of butter then add the nuts and toast them. To serve, place a rounded serving plate on top of the pot, hold it tight and flip upside down quickly. Be careful so that the whole thing doesn't fall apart. Top with the nuts and serve with any salad of your choice.


  1. My friend Selwa gave me her version of this recipe awhile ago. Then I read Diana Abu-Jaber's version in The Language of Baklava, and now here is your version complete with a mouth wateringly lovely picture. It looks so good. I'm getting the message that I need to make this soon. Thanks for the kick in the pants!

  2. Thanks Laurie :)for this lovely comment. I am glad you like my posts. I would love to try other versions as well, I know there are many because it depends on the area or village.

  3. I am having three of my friends over for dinner tomorrow and i wanted to make this dish with cauliflower, but then i decided to make something else (stuffed chicken and okra stew on the side) :)
    I have posted this recipe before(made with eggplants and lamb) also i have a video of the recipe...actually it was my sister who made it and i only videotaped her and enjoyed eating the dish!
    yours is interesting with adding tomato sauce to the whole pot, i guess it adds a tangy taste to it, i like it...will try it soon.thanks for sharing.

  4. This looks absolutely amazing!

  5. This looks good, my kind of meal.

  6. Thanks Summer :)Ooh I like stuffed chicken and I like Okra too, yum! Have fun with your friends, I am sure they'll love your food :)

  7. Allie, Nour: thank you soooo much! :)

  8. Summer & Mag, are you two sisters? Your blogs are on my yahoo page thru an RSS feed and have links on my blog as well.

    Anyway, this is one of my favorite meals too. Thanx for sharing Summer

  9. Thanks Halla for the RSS and following up on our blogs :) We are sisters in this blogosphere world only :))) I am glad you like the recipe too :) Cheers!

  10. Makloubeh is a wonderful dish. I truely enjoy it. Your picture looks really nice.

  11. Thanks Nihal :) I always appreciate your comments :) You rock!!!!!!

  12. What a tasty exotic dish. I like the addition of the nuts and how it's flipped over when served! How neat :).

  13. Thank you so much Sophie :) Such a lovely comment, I am glad you like this recipe :)

  14. I like your blog and your recipes.I want to try this one, it looks yummy!

  15. Thanks a lot Sabah for stopping by :)

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  17. I tried this out tonight--delicious! Thank you!

  18. Hi Maha! Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you liked and tried this recipe!

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