Maklube (Pilaf with Layered Chicken/Meat and Potatoes)

Maklube (Pilaf with Layered Chicken/Meat and Potatoes)
Maklube (Pilaf with Layered Chicken/Meat and Potatoes)

2 ½ cups rice
2 lbs chicken breast
5 large potatoes, peeled and sliced in ½” thick circular shapes
1-2 carrots, peeled and sliced
½ cup oil for frying
2 onions, sliced in circular shapes
1½ tbsp salt
1 tbsp oil
3½ cups chicken stock
A pinch of black pepper
Yogurt and any kind of finely chopped green salad

In a pot, place the chicken and add some salt. Boil, till the chicken is cooked. Then remove the bones (if any) and cut the chicken in bite sizes. Leave the chicken stock for later use.
In a large skillet, fry the potatoes and carrots until they turn to light golden brown. Do not over fry. Sprinkle some salt on them.
In a bowl, wash the rice and cover with warm water. Leave for 15-20 minutes and drain.
In a large pot, spread the oil and place the onion slices evenly, without leaving any space at the bottom. Then place some of the chicken on them to make a layer. Then form a thin layer of the rice on them. Repeat forming layers with potatoes, chicken, carrots and rice in between till you use all the ingredients.
Add 1 ½ tbsp salt into the chicken stock that you have. Take 3 ½ cups of chicken stock and add to the pot. If you don’t have enough chicken stock you can use hot water instead. Close the lid and cook over low-medium heat until the rice is soft and the water evaporates (about 30-45 minutes).
When the Maklube is cooked, reverse the pot in the middle of a large circular tray. Hit the sides and top of the pot with a wooden spoon. Remove the pot slowly. Then place yogurt and salad in sequence around the Maklube. Generally  is used but you can also use any other  you wish. You can also add fried eggplant, peas and or any other vegetables you like. You can sprinkle some black pepper on top before serving.

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