The holy month of Ramdan is as much about fasting as it is about feasts -- and what better way to spice up your evening gatherings than this exclusive recipe from one of Dubai's top chefs.
Chef Alie El Bourji of Atlantis, The Palm, says that the holy month of Ramadan is a time for reflection, charity, understanding and spending time with loved ones.
The ninth month of the Islamic calendar sees guests gathering with their family and friends, who break their fast together and socialize in an elegant and lively setting.
"I always break my fast with dates then I have lentil soup followed by Fattoush salad.
"I always recommend healthy food, especially for Iftar because after long fasting hours our body needs healthy and fresh food to recover all the vitamins and protein that we lose during the fast. Lentil soup, Fattoush salad -- and for the main course, fish and lamb to recover all proteins," Chef Bourji said.
He also added that ever since he was a child, he was passionate about cooking, especially when watching his mother in the kitchen.
"I used to taste her food whilst the dishes were being cooked. And to celebrate this Ramadan, I would like to share one of my favorite Ramadan recipes with you. Ramadan Kareem," he added.
Packed with lots of flavor, this versatile and delectable recipe of chicken kabsa can be used for pot lucks, get-togethers and is sure to keep everyone and their taste buds happy.
Kabsa is widely held to be the national dish of Saudi Arabia and this spiced chicken-and-rice dinner couldn't have a more beautiful presentation -- it's served with fried almonds and raisins, parsley sprigs, and a citrusy yogurt sauce.
Here is his recipe for chicken kabsa