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5 from 5 votes

Savory Rice with cream (Egyptian Meammar Rice)

A traditional, authentic Egyptian rice dish, loaded with flavors and rich.
Author: Amira


  • 1.5 cup of short grain rice - like cal rose.
  • 2 Table spoon unsalted butter divided.
  • * 5 chicken tenders.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste.
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
  • 2 Tablespoon sour cream.
  • 1 Table spoon Mascarpone cheese.
  • 1.5 cup broth any type.
  • 1.5 cup milk.


  • Start by washing the rice and soak in water for 15 minutes.
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  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Meanwhile in a pan over medium heat, melt 1 Tablespoon of butter and brown the chicken tenders, 2-3 minutes each side, season with some salt and pepper, set aside.
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  • Drain the rice, add salt, pepper, sour cream, mascarpone cheese and the remaining 1 Tablespoon of butter, mixing all very well until all rice is covered well.
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  • In a deep oven dish, authentically a clay one, add about 5 Tablespoons of the rice mixture to cover the bottom and spread evenly.
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  • Add the chicken pieces if using, then cover with the remaining rice, level the surface.
  • In a pot over medium heat, add the milk along with the broth and bring to a boil, turn off the hear and season with a dash of black pepper.
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  • Add the hot liquids to the rice , place the dish into a bigger oven dish or pan filled halfway with water.
  • Bake in the oven for almost an hour until the rice is fully cooked and the surface turns golden brown.
  • Let it cool down and serve.
  • Enjoy!!


* The addition of chicken is optional but recommended, you can make it meatless, or with any kind of meat you have.