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Savory Rice with cream (Egyptian Meammar Rice)

A traditional, authentic Egyptian rice dish, loaded with flavors and rich.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 234.8kcal
Author: Amira


  • 1.5 cups of short grain rice - like cal rose.
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter divided.
  • 5 chicken tenders. Note1.
  • 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 Chicken broth any type.
  • 1.5 cup milk.


  • Start by washing the rice and soak in water for 15 minutes.
    A bowl of water on a table
  • 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.
    A bowl of chicken meat on a table
  • 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.
    A hand mixing food in a bowl
  • In a deep oven dish, authentically a clay one, add about 5 Tablespoons of the rice mixture to cover the bottom and spread evenly.
  • Add the chicken pieces if using, then cover with the remaining rice, level the surface.
    A bowl of chicken meat on a table
  • In a pot over medium heat, add the milk along with the broth and bring to a boil, turn off the heat and season with a dash of black pepper.
  • Add the hot liquids to the rice , place the dish into a bigger oven dish or pan filled halfway with water.
    A bowl of rice and milk on a table
  • 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!!


*Note1: The addition of chicken is optional but recommended, you can make it meatless, or with any kind of meat you have.
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Calories: 234.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.7g | Protein: 17.4g | Fat: 10.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62.6mg | Sodium: 402.9mg | Potassium: 270.2mg | Sugar: 4.4g | Vitamin A: 8.6IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 11.5mg | Iron: 5.1mg