How to Make Machboos Laham

How to Make Machboos Laham – Kuwaiti Dishes/Recipes

Machboos Laham is the national dish of Kuwait and consists of meat, rice, and stuffing. It has other ingredients, such as onions, raisins, and split beans. Do you want to make the Kuwaiti national dish at your home? If yes, follow the steps in this recipe!

Table of Contents


  • For the meat, you will need the following ingredients
    • One kilogram of lamb
    • Two or three liters of water
    • One small onion
    • One cinnamon stick
    • One teaspoon of peppercorns
    • A half teaspoon of cloves
    • Five pieces of cardamom
    • Two bay leaves
    • One tablespoon of salt
    • ¼ tablespoon of ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon of ground turmeric
    • One pinch of ground ginger
    • ¼ teaspoon of ground cumin
    • Salt and pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon of saffron threads
    • One tablespoon of oil
    • Two tablespoons of lemon juice
  • For the rice, you will need the following ingredients
    • One kilogram rice basmati
    • Two onions
    • 75 grams of yellow split peas
    • 75 grams of raisins
    • One tablespoon of olive
    • One pinch of ground cinnamon
    • A half teaspoon of salt
    • A half teaspoon of sugar
    • Black pepper
    • Ground cloves


  1. Soak the raisins and set aside
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Cut the lamb into pieces
  4. Combine lamb pieces or cubes with water, salt, small onions, and spices
  5. Bring to a boil and remove the froth from the top using a spoon
  6. Cook over low-medium heat for 90 minutes
  7. Add split peas to a saucepan
  8. Cover the peas with water and add one teaspoon of salt
  9. Cook over medium to high heat and reduce the heat after 20 minutes
  10. Chop the remaining onions and cook them in oil
  11. Reduce heat to low-medium and add the cooked split peas
  12. Add drained raisins, cloves, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and black pepper
  13. Cook for a few minutes to combine everything
  14. Remove from the heat and set aside
  15. Drain the lamb cubes in a strainer after 90 minutes
  16. Discard the spices and save the stock
  17. Mix all ground spices and rub the dry ingredients over the lamb pieces
  18. Now arrange the meat on the oven pan
  19. Mix one tablespoon of saffron water with two tablespoons of lemon juice
  20. Add one tablespoon of oil and one tablespoon of meat stock to the saffron and lemon juice mixture
  21. Drizzle the mixture over the meat and cover the pan with aluminum foil
  22. Place the pan in the oven and cook for fifteen minutes
  23. Wash and drain the rice and cover it with water and mix one teaspoon of salt
  24. Drain the rice from the water and add it to a medium saucepan
  25. Add enough meat stock to cover the rice
  26. Bring to a boil and heat for 15-20 minutes
  27. Fold meat with stuffing and serve the delicious dish with rice
  28. Enjoy the dish with your family or friends
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