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Margoog is an Arabian stew dish found in the Gulf region, consisting of chicken, vegetables, aromatic spices, and raw dough that is added to the stew. This flavorful dish is found in most Gulf Arab countries including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Margoog recipe with chicken, different spices, carrots, potatoes and zucchini, and raw dough that is added to the stew.
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During my old times in Kuwait, I have learned that the food is almost similar in most Arabian Gulf regions. They have many delicious stew dishes that are rich in tomatoes, spices, and vegetables that are either eaten with bread or rice. One dish that I enjoyed so much is the Margoog or Margooga.

Margoog is very similar to Kuwaiti Tashreeb or Algerian Chakhchoukha since they are both stews containing soaked bread. The only difference is that this recipe involves using a dough that is raw. Similar to pasta, the dough is cut into pieces and is soaked into the stew directly to become soft.

This is one of the most delicious Kuwaiti or Arab Khaleeji stews since it is rich in vegetables and spices. If you love pasta, then you may enjoy this dish since it has a similar texture. In this recipe, I am going to show you how to make a Chicken Margoog or Margooga recipe which is perfect for Ramadan or Eid Holidays.

Margoog recipe with chicken, different spices, carrots, potatoes and zucchini, and raw dough that is added to the stew.
Margoog recipe with chicken, different spices, carrots, potatoes and zucchini, and raw dough that is added to the stew.

Recipe Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need for Margoog recipe:

Chicken: The chicken will serve as my main protein and I am using chicken drumstick. You can use the Thigh or Breast part if you want.

Tomato Paste and Fresh Tomatoes: The fresh tomatoes are grated to make a puree, and the tomato paste will add a concentrated flavor and colors to the dish.

Herbs: To enhance the flavor of the stew, you will need onion, garlic, and coriander leaves.

Spices: The spices are the most important ingredients to give an aromatic and flavorful stew dish you will need cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric, and Black Lime. In addition to that, you will need Baharat spice which is an Arabic version of Garam Masala.

Vegetables: To make this dish nutritious, I added vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and zucchini.

Dough: The ingredients of the dough are basically the same when making a flatbread recipe. If you want to know the exact ingredients of the dough, you can check my kuboos recipe using whole wheat flour, or Greek Flatbread recipe using all-purpose flour.

Other Ingredients: For the rest you will need vegetable oil for sautéing, salt & black pepper for taste

Step by Step Instruction

Steps 1 & 2: First, I heat the pan with vegetable oil at medium heat. Once it becomes hot, I sautéed both the onion and garlic till it is translucent.

Steps 3 & 4: Next, I added the chicken and gave it a quick stir before adding all the spices. Mix to combine.

Step 5: After that, I added the tomato paste. Give a quick stir.

Step 6: Next, I added the fresh tomatoes that I grated, and poured the water on the cooking pot. Let it simmer in low heat for at least 30 minutes.

Step 7: Once you reached the 20 minutes of simmering, add the chopped coriander leaves and sliced zucchini. Give a quick stir.

Steps 8 & 9: While simmering, add oil in a separate pan and partially pan-fry both the carrots and potatoes. You don’t have to fully cook the vegetables since the rest will be done through the simmering process.

Step 10: Once they are half-cooked, you can transfer the half-fried potatoes and carrots to the pot. Gently stir to combine.

Steps 11 & 12: Also during the simmering process, I used my time to make a flatbread dough. Firstly, sprinkle a drop of flour on the table and then gently use a roller pin to make it into a round flatbread.

Steps 13 & 14: Next, use the knife to cut into several pieces of 2 inches square shape. Set it aside.

Step 15 & 16: Lastly, Once you reached the 30 minutes of simmering, place the raw dough into the cooking pot and gently give a stir. Let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes until the dough is cooked. Add salt and black pepper for taste.

Final Steps: Transfer to the plate and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. This delicious margoog can be eaten alone since it is basically like pasta with chicken and vegetables.

Margoog recipe with chicken, different spices, carrots, potatoes and zucchini, and raw dough that is added to the stew.
Margoog recipe with chicken, different spices, carrots, potatoes and zucchini, and raw dough that is added to the stew.

Tips and Hints

  • You can use other spices like Arabic masala or chicken masala if you don’t have baharat spice.
  • For healthier option, you can use whole wheat dough instead of white dough.
  • Make sure there are enough liquid or soup since the raw dough will tend to absorb or thicken the stew.
  • You can use Lamb or Beef instead of Chicken but it will require longer time to cook them.
  • You can use other vegetables like eggplant or bell pepper.
  • This chicken margoog recipe can last in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.

Other Arabian stew recipes

Here are other delicious Arabic stew recipes that you can make at home:

  1. Chicken Salona
  2. Bamia (Okra Stew)
  3. Fasolia (White Beans Stew)

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Margoog Recipe

Saif Al Deen Odeh

Margoog is a Gulf Arabian stew dish that consists of chicken, different spices, vegetables such as carrots, potatoes and zucchini, and raw dough that is added to the stew.

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Total Time 45 minutes

Course Main Course

Cuisine Emirati, Kuwaiti, Saudi

Servings 4 people

Calories 620 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes grated
  • Raw dough quantity depends on personal preference for thickness
  • Water (Enough to cover the chicken)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Spices

  • 1 tablespoons baharat spice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 dried limes
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom powder

Herbs

  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large onion finely chopped

Vegetables

  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 2 medium-sized potatoes peeled and cubed
  • ¼ cups vegetable oil For pan-frying the potatoes and carrots

Instructions 

  • Heat the pan with vegetable oil over medium heat. Once hot, sauté the onion and garlic until translucent.

  • Add the chicken and stir briefly before adding all the spices. Combine thoroughly.

  • Subsequently, incorporate the tomato paste and stir quickly.

  • Afterward, add the freshly grated tomatoes and pour water into the cooking pot. Allow it to simmer on low heat for at least 30 minutes.

  • When you reach the 20-minute mark of simmering, include the chopped coriander leaves and sliced zucchini, giving a swift stir.

  • While the mixture simmers, add oil to a separate pan and partially pan-fry the carrots and potatoes. Full cooking isn’t necessary as the remaining cooking will occur during the simmering process.

  • Once the carrots and potatoes are half-cooked, transfer them to the pot. Gently stir to combine.

  • In the ongoing simmering process, take the chance to prepare flatbread dough. Begin by sprinkling a bit of flour on the table and using a rolling pin to shape it into a round flatbread.

  • Subsequently, use a knife to cut it into several 2-inch square pieces. Set it aside.

  • Lastly, when the simmering reaches the 30-minute mark, place the raw dough into the cooking pot and gently stir. Let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes until the dough is cooked. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

  • In the final steps, transfer the mixture to a plate and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy!

Notes

  • To know the ingredients of the dough, refer to the link of my kuboos (using whole wheat flour) or greek flatbread (white flour) recipe.
  • If you don’t have baharat spice, you can use arabic or chicken masala spice.
  • Make sure there are enough liquid or soup since the raw dough will tend to absorb or thicken the stew.

Nutrition

Serving: 4gCalories: 620kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 28gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 700mgPotassium: 900mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 5000IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 150mgIron: 4mg

Keyword Margoog, Margooga


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