Makhloube (Rice with Eggplant and Pine Nuts) -

This is a traditional Middle Eastern rice dish. Makloube directly translated to English means to flip over, that is because in this dish the eggplant is cooked under the rice and when ready to serve you flip over the dish allowing the eggplant to shine on top for a spectacular display!

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  • Rating:   5
  • Prep.:  15 min
  • Cook Time:  30min


  • 1 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 1 Medium Eggplant, sliced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. Allspice
  • 1/4 Cup Pine nuts
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. pepper
  • 3 cups Basmati Rice
  • 3 cups Water


  1. Rinse and soak the rice.
  2. In a non stick pot over medium heat, add the oil and onion. Stir fry for a minute. Add the eggplant and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper, nuts and raisins and mix well.
  3. Add the rice with the water and bring to a boil (be careful not to mix). Cover the pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  4. To serve place a large platter over the pot and quickly flip the pot like you would do for a cake. Serve immediately.


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