Majestic Makloubeh


Immerse yourself in the flavors of the Middle East with Majestic Makloubeh, a spectacular one-pot dish known for its aromatic spices and vibrant layers of vegetables and rice. This dish is a celebration of simplicity and taste, featuring perfectly cooked rice infused with a medley of spices, layered with an array of garden-fresh vegetables. It's a vegetarian delight that impresses with both its flavors and its dramatic upside-down presentation.

Image of Makloubeh, vividly capturing its layered presentation with colorful vegetables and spiced rice, all set on a Middle Eastern themed dining table. This visual complements the essence of the recipe, showcasing the dish's rich colors and textures.

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6 people
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 65 g
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Sodium: 300 mg
  • Fiber: 6 g


  • Basmati rice: 300 grams (10.6 ounces / 0.66 pounds)
  • Cauliflower, cut into florets: 200 grams (7.1 ounces / 0.44 pounds)
  • Eggplant, sliced: 200 grams (7.1 ounces / 0.44 pounds)
  • Carrots, sliced: 150 grams (5.3 ounces / 0.33 pounds)
  • Red bell pepper, sliced: 150 grams (5.3 ounces / 0.33 pounds)
  • Onion, chopped: 100 grams (3.5 ounces / 0.22 pounds)
  • Garlic cloves, minced: 20 grams (0.7 ounces / 0.04 pounds)
  • Vegetable broth: 750 ml (26.4 ounces / 1.6 pounds)
  • Olive oil: 30 ml (1 ounce / 0.06 pounds)
  • Ground cumin: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Ground turmeric: 3 grams (0.11 ounces / 0.006 pounds)
  • Ground cinnamon: 2 grams (0.07 ounces / 0.004 pounds)
  • Salt: 5 grams (0.18 ounces / 0.01 pounds)
  • Ground black pepper: 2 grams (0.07 ounces / 0.004 pounds)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Rice Preparation: Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Soak in warm water for 15 minutes, then drain.
  2. Cooking Vegetables: In a skillet, heat the olive oil. Sauté all vegetables with garlic, salt, and spices until slightly tender.
  3. Layering: In a large pot, layer the vegetables in an even spread. Top with the rice. Pour the broth over the rice.
  4. Cooking Makloubeh: Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. The Big Reveal: Let the Makloubeh rest for 10 minutes. Place a large plate over the pot and carefully flip it upside down.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a wide, heavy-bottomed pot to ensure even cooking and easy flipping.
  • Let the Makloubeh sit after flipping for a few minutes before removing the pot to ensure it holds its shape.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I add meat to Makloubeh?

Yes, you can layer cooked chicken or lamb beneath the vegetables for a non-vegetarian version.

How do I prevent the rice from becoming mushy?

Ensure the rice is well-drained and the broth is measured accurately.

Can Makloubeh be reheated?

Yes, it reheats well. Simply warm it in the oven or microwave.