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Alternative namesMaaluba, magluba, maqlouba, Maqlooba
Place of originLevant
Region or stateMiddle East
Serving temperatureHot.
Main ingredientsmeat, rice, and vegetables (tomato, cauliflower, potato, eggplant)

Maqluba or Maqlooba (Arabic: مقلوبة‎) is a traditional Syrian, Iraqi,[1] Palestinian,[2][3][4][5] and Jordanian[6][7] dish served throughout the Levant. The dish includes meat, rice, and fried vegetables placed in a pot, which is then flipped upside down when served, hence the name maqluba, which, in Arabic,[8] translates literally as "upside-down". The dish goes back centuries and is found in the Kitab al-Tabikh, a collection of 13th century recipes.[9]

A precisely layered maquluba.

The dish can include a variety of vegetables, such as fried tomatoes, potatoes, cauliflower, and eggplant, accompanied by either chicken or lamb.[10] The most common vegetables used are cauliflower and eggplant. They are carefully placed in the pot to be cooked in layers, so that when the casserole is inverted, the pot is inverted and the dish served, the meat, various vegetables, and rice are seen as layers in a savory cake. The bottom layer, which becomes the top when the dish is served, may be a layer of tomatoes, eggplant, or even chicken.[8][2] Garnished with pine nuts and chopped fresh parsley.[11] Maqluba can be served with salad and fresh yoghurt.

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  1. ^ Bidoun. "Cooking with Maha Alusi". Bidoun. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  2. ^ a b Linda Gradstein (6 December 2015). "Eucalyptus offers food from the Bible". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
  3. ^ Timothy L. Gall; Jeneen Hobby (2009). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life. Gale. p. 782. ISBN 978-1-4144-4892-3. The most traditional Palestinian meals are maqluba, musakhan, and mansaf
  4. ^ Ottolenghi, Yotam (2015). "Jerusalem on a Plate". Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies. University of California Press. 15 (1): 3. doi:10.1525/gfc.2015.15.1.1. ISSN 1529-3262. Maqluba, an upside-down rice and vegetable cake that is actually Palestinian
  5. ^ Elizabeth Carty. Shrewd Food: A New Way of Shopping, Cooking and Eating.
  6. ^ Swift, Robert (2016-03-07). "Maqluba - Eating Upside Down". The Media Line. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  7. ^ Benayoun, Mike. "JORDAN: MAKLUBA (MAQLUBA)". 196 Flavors.
  8. ^ a b Lam, Francis (5 January 2017). "A Middle Eastern Layer Cake for Dinner". Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  9. ^ CNN, Jen Rose Smith (2018-01-02). "Beyond hummus: 10 foods you must try in Jordan". CNN Travel. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
  10. ^ " - Recipe - Maqluba (Cauliflower with rice)".
  11. ^ "Maqlooba (Maqluba), Palestinian Upside Down Rice Recipe". LinsFood | by Azlin Bloor. 2013-07-21. Retrieved 2018-12-04.

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