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Makloubeh is a traditional Palestinian dish that consists of meat, rice, and fried vegetables cooked in a pot. The dish is then flipped upside-down when served — hence the name makloubeh, which translates literally as “upside-down.” We often make this dish for important events, such as Eid, Ramadan, and family birthdays, as it is a labor of love. The cinnamon in the rice really makes this dish stand out. It’s absolutely worth the effort involved and a real showstopper. My whole family loves this dish — we make it in many different ways, but this version is the one I like the most. I personally like adding potatoes to it, but I have stuck to the way my mother makes it here. My niece Thalia absolutely adores it — she only eats it when my mother cooks it, as she says it makes her tummy happy. Excerpted from the cookbook Palestine on a Plate, by Joudie Kalla,
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