Saudi Culture

Hello everybody,

Today, I am going to introduce the most famous daily meal in Saudi Arabia which is Kabsa (Chicken and Rice).

The most common Ingredients are:

  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 1 small to medium onion, chopped .
  • 3 teaspoons ground cardamom.
  • 1 can (about 2 cups) chicken broth
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon rind
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 small snack box of raisins
  • 1 package of skinless, boneless chicken (4 breast halves
  • 1 package of skinless, boneless thighs (4 to 6 thighs)
  • 1½ cups white Basmati rice

How to cook it? It is very easy, just follow these instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Wash chicken thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Put chicken in a baking dish and bake in preheated oven until fully cooked (about 30 minutes).
  4. While the chicken is baking, heat oil (medium-high) in a large pot. Add chopped onions and 1 teaspoon of cardamom, stirring constantly until browned.
  5. Add chicken broth and 1½ cups water to pot. Add remaining 2 teaspoons of cardamom, tomato, tomato paste, garlic powder, lemon rind, cinnamon stick, salt, and raisins to the browned onions and water.
  6. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for 2–3 minutes. Add the rice.
  7. Bring to a boil then immediately turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot tightly and simmer for 15 minutes.
  8. After 10 minutes, check the rice to see if it has absorbed all of the liquid.
  9. If the rice is dry but not soft yet, add a little more water and continue to simmer. Do not stir the rice! The rice is done when all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is soft.
  10. When both the rice and the chicken are cooked, place the rice on a platter and put the chicken on top in the middle.

* The ingredients of this Kabasa and other Saudi meals are available in this website:


Are you exciting to know a little bit more about Saudi Arabian culture?

Well, I will be posting here information about my culture. Hopefully, you will find it interesting!

I will start with giving you some information about my culture!!


First of all, this a map of Saudi Arabia. As you can see, Riyadh City is the capital of  Saudi Arabia and it is in the central area too. Riyadh is very huge city and well-developed. The idea that Saudi people live in a desert with two camels and a big tent is really not ture. This a recent photo for Riyadh city:

Google Pictures

Google Pictures


Secondly, the idea that all Saudi people are rich is totally incorrect. Actually, only few people are rich in my country and the others are just normal people who work really hard to obtain their daily living expenses. 

Finally, I will conclude with this video. This video is about a Saudi women who were explaining a little bit about Saudi costumes. I hope that you enjoy it.



Sep 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

Thanks so much for posting this recipe and the link! I love Middle Eastern food, but haven’t yet experimented with making traditionally Saudi food (though I have tried my hand at Lebanese and Syrian dishes). I’m definitely going to make the kabsa as soon as I buy some cardamom.

Sep 22, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Hello Twunked,
You are more than welcomed. I love Lebanese and Syrian food. By the way, I am very good cooker. I will find a time to cook you Kabsa and share it with you. The most important ingredient in Kabsa is Arabic Spices which are not available here. I have some of our spices and I will give you a sample of it. Or may be, it is a good idea to cook the Kabsa itself and present it to you.
Thanks lot for your lovely comment



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