Moghrabiah Recipe | MAGGI® Arabia


A traditional, delicious dish, Moghrabieh has a pasta texture even though it's made of semolina. Check out other recipes in MAGGI® Arabia for more home cooking inspirations.


  • 7 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into large cubes
  • ½ kg beef, cut into large cubes
  • 3 tablespoon ground caraway
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon
  • 12 cups water or 3 litres
  • 2 small whole chickens or 2 kg, cut each into 8 pieces
  • 25 small onions, very small ones, peeled
  • 2½ cups dried moghrabiah or 600 g
  • 2 cups canned chickpeas
  • 3 tablespoon corn flour, dissolved in 2 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of salt to taste
  • Pinch of ground black pepper, to taste

How to Prepare

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pot. Add onions, meat and cook for 7 mins until lightly golden brown. Add 8 cups of water, caraway, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, black pepper and MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon cubes. Cover and cook on low heat for 1½ hours or until the meat is cooked. Remove the meat and reserve the stock.
  2. Meanwhile, place the chicken pieces in an oven tray and roast them for 45 mins until golden brown.
  3. In a casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, add onion shallots and cook for 5 mins. Add the remaining water and cook for 10 mins until onions are tender. Remove the onions and reserve the stock.
  4. Mix the stock with the meat and the onions together, adjust the taste with salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. In a large pot, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the dried Moghrabiah and fry on low heat with constant stirring until grains turn to golden brown.
  6. Gently pour a cup of stock, stir from time to time until it is completely absorbed. Repeat the step until the Moghrabiah is tender, but not too soft.
  7. Mix in some of the onions and meat to the Moghrabiah grains and remove from heat.
  8. Pour the remaining stock in a casserole, bring to a boil, add the cornflour and cook for 2 mins. Add the rest of chickpeas, onions, and the cooked meat, and remove from the heat.
  9. Place the Moghrabiah in a large serving dish, place the hot grilled chicken on top and serve with the sauce aside.

Nutritional Info

Energy: 812.00 kcal
Protein: 52.00 g
Carbohydrate: 46.00 g
Fats: 49.00 g

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