The Palestinian upside-down triumph of rice


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Pomegranates & Artichokes: Recipes and memories of a journey from Iran to Italy

By Saghar Setareh

Published 2023

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There are many rice and pilaf recipes in the Levant, most with a selection of warm spices, often with a range of fried vegetables, and almost always with a kind of meat — with chicken or lamb being the most frequent choices.

Maqluba, which literally translates as ‘upside down’, is a Palestinian specialty, loved and cooked all over the Arab world. Of the three rice moulds in this book — the other two being the Iranian tahchin, and the