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Machobos Diyay-Kuwaiti Chicken Recipe and Dakkus (Tomato Ketchup)

Updated on March 31, 2018
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Machobos diyay is another Kuwaiti recipe that I learnt whilst working in Kuwait years ago. It is a very tasty dish.

Machobos Diyay - Chicken Stew with rice

2.7 stars from 6 ratings of Machobos Diyay

Machobos or Masbos Diyay -- Kuwaiti Chicken stew with Rice

This is a basic chicken stew recipe in Kuwait but very delicious especially the rice which you cook using the chicken stock. You would love this chicken recipe very much because you cook the rice using the chicken stock(water used to cook the chicken) which is very tasty and flavoured by the chicken and other ingredients.

With machobos or masbos recipes, you can also use meat like chicken, lamb(machobos lahem)and fish stew(machobos semich). So when you want to cook machobos lahem (lamb stew), just substitute the chicken to lamb but the other ingredients are the same with that of chicken stew (machobos diyay) and the same with machobos semich as well.

Machobos or Masbos Diyay (Kuwaiti Chicken Stew with Rice)

Kuwaiti Chicken Stew with rice(Machobos Diyay in Arabic). I used chicken drumstick here.
Kuwaiti Chicken Stew with rice(Machobos Diyay in Arabic). I used chicken drumstick here. | Source
Machobos Diyay dinner for two with Dakkus(home made tomato sauce with garlic)
Machobos Diyay dinner for two with Dakkus(home made tomato sauce with garlic) | Source
Browned chicken legs on kitchen paper to remove excess oil
Browned chicken legs on kitchen paper to remove excess oil | Source
Adding the water to chicken legs
Adding the water to chicken legs | Source
Chicken added to garlic and tomatoes
Chicken added to garlic and tomatoes | Source
Frying the garlic and onions
Frying the garlic and onions | Source
Ingredients for Machobos Diyay - Chicken stew(Kuwaiti recipe)
Ingredients for Machobos Diyay - Chicken stew(Kuwaiti recipe) | Source
Ingredients for homemade tomato sauce(Dakkus)
Ingredients for homemade tomato sauce(Dakkus) | Source
Homemade tomato sauce(Dakkus)
Homemade tomato sauce(Dakkus) | Source

Kuwaiti Machobos Diyay - Chicken stew with rice

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: serves six people

Kuwaiti Recipe - chicken with rice (Machobos Diyay)

  • 1 whole Chicken/or chicken drumsticks, fresh
  • 1 large onion, diced or cut into small cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil or any cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoon baharat(spice), ground
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut in fours
  • 6 cups rice, basmati
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 8 or10 pieces Cardamom pods
  • 4 litres water, or enough water

How to cook Machobos or Masbos Diyay(In Kuwait)

  1. Wash chicken, dry and rub baharat spices all over chicken and set aside.
  2. Saute onions and garlic until soft and brown. Add Chicken and keep turning until the chicken is brown a little bit.
  3. Add the water, cardamom pods and other ingredients. Make sure the water covers the chicken and leave to cook until chicken is tender and water is reduced.
  4. When chicken is tender, removed chicken from the saucepan. Strain the chicken and stock on a colander to remove the small bits and use the stock to cook the rice instead of using plain water. It makes the rice so tasty.
  5. Then fry the chicken lightly just to brown it and put it on a plate with kitchen roll on it to remove excess cooking oil. Then cook separate vegetables of your choice to go with the Machobos Diyay or you can have Ceasar salad with it as well.
  6. To cook the rice, wash the rice first then add it to the chicken stock and cook until rice is soft and ready to eat. Use 1 cup rice and 2 cups of chicken stock. If you got rice cooker use it.

How to make Kuwaiti Dakkus Recipe(homemade tomato sauce)

Machobos Diyay Recipe is always accompanied by a tomato sauce called Dakkus.


  1. 2 large tomatoes
  2. 2 tbsp. water
  3. 2 cloves garlic
  4. 2 tbsp. tomato puree

How to make the Dakkus:

It is so simple and easy to make Dakkus(tomato ketchup)

Fry the crushed garlic until soft then add the fresh diced tomatoes, add the tomato puree then add water and stir until all the ingredients are blended and the sauce is thickened. Now your homemade tomato sauce is ready.

If you have no time to make the sauce you can use tomato ketchup or sweet and sour chilli sauce.

Any comments on this hub would be greatly appreciated to improve my articles. Please leave your comments down below, thank you.

© 2013 Linda Bryen

Kuwaiti Machobos Diyay Recipe

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    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you once again Travmaj, you should try this recipe which is very tasty especially the rice as you cook it using the chicken stock from the chicken stew. There are more to come Travmaj.

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      7 years ago from australia

      This sounds delicious - I like the idea of cooking the rice in the chicken stock. You have presented so many fantastic recipes - look forward to more.


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