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Secret Recipes # 9 Baghdadi Makluba– Upside-Down Lamb or Beef and Rice Meal

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

Total: 2:30

Prep: 45 minutes

Cook: 1:45 Also it depended on the size of the meat

Yield: 10 servings

Level: Intermediate

Recipe Cost: $2.49

You can purchase this recipe on the online store Under Baghdadi Makluba, after the purchase a password will be sent to your email to view the recipe. You would to go Secret Recipe on the menus than to Secret Recipe #9 and enter the password to view.

I called this dish as Baghdadi Maqluba, it is different in taste, flavor, and technique from the original dish of Maqluba. Maqluba is a traditional Palestinian dish, also it is cooked throughout the Middle East with slightly different tastes and flavors depending on which country is served. The main ingredients in Baghdadi Makluba are the chicken, or Lamb, or beef or fish and rice. Aso in add ingredients are potatoes, cauliflower, and eggplant. The meat, rice and the vegetable organized neatly inside the pot, after the Maqluba is fully cooked, the pot will be flipped upside down to be served after the pot removed the whole dish become formed as a perfect round circle like a cake-like. I have taken this original recipe and upgraded it to sharp-tasting and intense aroma flavor. I have added more spices, herbs, and vegetables to bring out more flavor and made it more enticing and enjoyable to eat. I have cooked Baghdadi Makluba many times for my family, friends, in many gatherings and occasions. It was loved repeatedly, and I was asked for the recipes numerous times. I decided to reveal my secret recipe of the Baghdadi Makluba to have others enjoy it as much as my family and friends did. What so wonderful about Baghdadi Makluba is all the goodness in one pot if you have a gathering that is all you need to make one big pot of Baghdadi Makluba, salad, and yogurt sauce as a side dish. It is a wonderful meal to eat as a family or having a large gathering. Baghdadi Makluba has a huge aroma, as soon you flipped the pot the aroma of the food comes out the smell of the basmati rice is so heavenly, the chicken or the meat is so tender and melt in your mouth, also the layers of vegetables beautifully organized on top of each other and they all individual spiced and salted perfectly. As I have been told about my Baghdadi Makluba dish many times that as soon, they take the first bite a burst of flavors hit their palate instantly. The Makluba can be cooked in many different ways and you can add your favorite vegetables and your favorite meats to the recipe.

​I have divided this recipe into 4 main parts to make it easier to read and follow with each step. I have included many pictures for easy to understand and follow the recipe. I hope you would enjoy this recipe as much as my family enjoys it.

Step 1 Making of the lamb or Beef & Rice:

The serving suggestion of a lamb or beef meat per serving is a 1/2 Ib. I like to use 1 Ibs of lamb or beef per serving. The part of the lamb I like to use is the lamb sirloin steak. The beef, I like to use the Beef Loin top Sirloin. The lamb and the beef can be cooked in three different ways, frying then boiling, by boiling only or baking. Do not cook the meat if its frozen allow it to defrost, and let it sit at room temperature for 45 minutes. The cooking time depends on the quality and the quantities of meat, also it depends on your preferred taste.

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