Somali Rice with Raisins and Onion Garnish served with Sweet Sukkhar and Fried Potatoes

This is enough for a family of 7. It can easily be halved.


3 cups of white basmati rice; rinsed until liquid is clear
1/4 cup of oil
1 onion; sliced
3 chicken cubes
4 cardamom pods
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups chicken stock (a little more might be needed)

1. Heat the oil in a flat bottomed pot.
2. Add onions, chicken cubes, cardamom, cloves, and cinnamon; saute until the onion are
3. Stir in the rice and the chicken stock; cover and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat and cook until the rice is tender. This can take between 15 - 20 minutes.
5. Fluff with a fork.


1 small onion; sliced
1/4 cup of raisins (I like to mix light colored raisins with dark one.)
1 Tb. ghee (clarified butter)

1. Melt the ghee over medium heat.
2. Add the onion and fry for 1 minute.
3. Add the raisins and cook for 1 minute.
4. Spoon the onion/raisin mixture over the rice.

I like my garnish to be orange. To do this, add food coloring to the onions before you cook them. I let the onions sit for awhile so the onions can absorb the color.


1/2 lbs. beef; cubed (Sizes can vary. You will need to boil the beef a bit if they are too big.)
1/2 sm. onion; chopped
1 med. tomato; chopped
1/2 sm. green pepper; chopped
2 Tbs. Hoisin sauce
2 cloves garlic; minced
1 Maggi chicken cube
2 Tbs. oil

1. Fry the onions in the oil until translucent.
2. Add the tomato, garlic, and Maggi; cook, covered until the tomato is soft.
3. Stir and add the beef and Hoisin sauce; cover and simmer until the beef is cooked.
4. Add the green pepper and cook for 2 minutes. (They should be crunchy.)

Serve over rice. You can add fried potatoes to the dish.

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  1. As salaamu alaikum

    This sounds wonderful. Of course, I'll have to adapt it to my vegetarian standards, but it looks YUMMY!!

  2. Wa alaikum salam

    Yes Masha'Allah you can easily use vegetable stock instead of chicken.

  3. It could widen my imagination towards the things that you are posting.

  4. As-Saalamu 'Alaykum,

    About the rice, do we add garlic or there is no need?

    Jazakkalahu Khair

  5. If you want to use garlic u can

  6. Assalamalaikum sister

    Jazak Allahu khairan for this recipe. I've been looking for somali rice for a long time as my family loves somali food. I tried it today & it turned out good . I like your blog & the presentations. InshaAllah will try out other recipes too.

  7. As salaam alaikum,
    Masha'Allah, this rice was DELICIOUS and very authentic, masha'Allah.

    The ONLY thing i added was garlic (i just love garlic... i used fresh garlic, 3). and i added some saffron to the rice. i didn't have the chicken stock... so i just added more salt... i did have the maggi chicken cubes though...masha'Allah. this will be on heavy rotation at our dinner tables, insha'Allah
    Umm Amir

  8. This one is one of my favorites.Masha a Allaah. Its so nice and easy to make.

    Umm A

  9. When you are cooking the sukkhar are you suppose to add any liquid after you add the beef? It seemed a bit dry to me

  10. The beef needs to be boiled first.

  11. Salaam sister Tammy/Amina.

    I love your recipes and you seem very passion about food and your family as well as Islam.

    I really love what you have here if you dont mind i will post few of your recipes and pictures on our sites, i will most definitely link you back.

    Let me know if thats ok, dont forget to visit us at the site i listed or Somalioz, i found ur link on MySomali which is also our site.

    Keep it up, you doing great job here!

  12. Asalamu aleykum,

    Jazakallahu khayr for this recipe!
    luv ur blog!!

  13. Tammy masha'Allah, your husband is lucky man to have a great cook like you!

  14. jazakallah khair, i really learned a lot from your blog and my family loved the food i cook.

  15. I made this for my family and they loved it. I suggest you had some water to cook the beef well. It was a great treat!

  16. If you blend the onions and the chicken stock cubes together and then stir fry it in with the sautee mixture at the beginning before adding anything reaaallllyy adds to the flavor a whole lot

  17. This looks like a very lovely recipe you have here. I like it so much. I want to try this one out.


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