Majboos is a flavorful rice dish originating from the Arabian Gulf region, featuring a blend of aromatic spices and typically served with fish. Its history is deeply rooted in Arabian culinary traditions, offering a delightful alternative to biryani with its unique seasoning and preparation methods.


- 2 cups long-grain rice

- 500g fish fillets (such as red snapper or kingfish)

- 1 large onion, finely chopped

- 3 tomatoes, diced

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 2 tablespoons majboos spice mix (or a blend of cumin, coriander, turmeric, and cinnamon)

- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

- Salt to taste

- Water


1. Rinse the rice thoroughly and soak it in water for 30 minutes.

2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they turn golden brown.

3. Add the diced tomatoes and cook until they soften.

4. Stir in the majboos spice mix and cook for another minute.

5. Add the fish fillets to the pot and cook until they are almost done.

6. Drain the soaked rice and add it to the pot, mixing well with the fish and spices.

7. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the rice by about an inch. Season with salt to taste.

8. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer until the rice is cooked and all the water is absorbed (about 15-20 minutes).

9. Once done, fluff the rice gently with a fork and serve hot, garnished with fresh herbs if desired. Enjoy your delicious majboos!

Nutrition Value:

1. Long-Grain Rice (2 cups):

  - Calories: Approximately 430 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 95 grams

  - Protein: Roughly 9 grams

  - Fat: Negligible

  - Sodium: Minimal

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins: Contains small amounts of B vitamins, particularly niacin and thiamine.

  - Minerals: Provides some iron and magnesium.

  - Nutritional Benefit: Rice is a good source of energy due to its carbohydrate content. It also contains small amounts of essential vitamins and minerals, aiding in overall body function.

2. Fish Fillets (500g):

  - Calories: Approximately 620 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: None

  - Protein: Around 120 grams

  - Fat: Approximately 10 grams

  - Sodium: Varies depending on preparation; typically low

  - Cholesterol: Varies depending on the type of fish; typically low to moderate

  - Vitamins: Rich in vitamin B12, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids.

  - Minerals: Contains potassium, phosphorus, and selenium.

  - Nutritional Benefit: Fish is an excellent source of high-quality protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids, promoting heart health and overall well-being.

3. Onion (1 large, finely chopped):

  - Calories: Approximately 60 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 14 grams

  - Protein: Roughly 1 gram

  - Fat: Negligible

  - Sodium: Minimal

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins: Contains vitamin C and small amounts of vitamin B6 and folate.

  - Minerals: Provides potassium and manganese.

  - Nutritional Benefit: Onions are low in calories and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They may have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties.

4. Tomatoes (3 diced):

  - Calories: Approximately 45 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 10 grams

  - Protein: Roughly 2 grams

  - Fat: Negligible

  - Sodium: Minimal

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins: High in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

  - Minerals: Contains potassium and small amounts of calcium and iron.

  - Nutritional Benefit: Tomatoes are a good source of antioxidants, particularly lycopene, which may reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.

5. Garlic (3 cloves, minced):

  - Calories: Approximately 15 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: Around 3 grams

  - Protein: Roughly 1 gram

  - Fat: Negligible

  - Sodium: Minimal

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins: Contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, and small amounts of other B vitamins.

  - Minerals: Provides manganese, selenium, and calcium.

  - Nutritional Benefit: Garlic is known for its potential health benefits, including immune-boosting properties and cardiovascular support.

6. Majboos Spice Mix (2 tablespoons):

  - Nutritional information may vary depending on the specific blend of spices used. Generally, spices are low in calories and carbohydrates but contribute small amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

7. Vegetable Oil (2 tablespoons):

  - Calories: Approximately 240 kcal

  - Carbohydrates: None

  - Protein: None

  - Fat: Around 28 grams

  - Sodium: Minimal

  - Cholesterol: None

  - Vitamins: Contains vitamin E.

  - Minerals: Provides small amounts of phosphorus.

  - Nutritional Benefit: While vegetable oil is high in calories and fat, it can be a source of essential fatty acids and vitamin E. However, it should be consumed in moderation due to its high calorie content.

8. Salt (to taste):

  - Sodium: Consumption should be limited as excessive salt intake can lead to health issues such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

9. Water:

  - Provides hydration with zero calories, carbohydrates, fat, or protein.

  - Essential for overall bodily functions, including digestion, circulation, and temperature regulation.

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