Madrooba (also spelt: maadroba/ maadrooba/ madruba, but all pronounced in the same way [ma'd-drew-ba] ) is Arabic comfort eating at its best. It looks somewhat like baby food when it's made, but it's blissful to eat and several kilos is never enough!!

The recipe below comes from my husband's niece Mona and she has, over the years, modified it to perfection.


1,200g boiled chicken, bones and skin removed (boil with the bones for extra flavour, but remove the skin as it makes the dish taste wrong)

9 cups chicken stock

2 cups jareesh [jaa-reesh] (a.k.a. cracked wheat)

1 kilo fresh tomatoes

1 kilo onions, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 tablespoon madras curry

1 teaspoon tumeric

1/2 teaspoon ground cinamon

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

2 green chillis

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tablespoons salt

1/2 glass oil

6 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)

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My Qatari neighbour has sent me a LARGE dish of this yummy comfort food. It is delicious and can be microwaved the next day for breakfast, lunch, tea,snack, dinner. I'm just off for another helping....

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How do they make it do you know?

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