Kuwait February 25

Liberation Day

Kuwait was first established as a small fishing village during the seventeenth century. In 1899 Kuwait became a British Protectorate. In 1961, Kuwait became independent with the end of the British protectorate and sheikh Abdullah Al-Salim Al-Sabah becoming the Emir. On 2 August 1990, following a dispute over revenue from am oil field, Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait and Iraq started bombing Kuwait City. By 8 August 1990, the Kuwaiti government had been replaced by an Iraqi governor. International outrage at the invasion was widespread. Making no progress by diplomatic means, the UN Security
Council gave Iraq a deadline of 15 January 1991 to withdraw from Kuwait. The deadline passed and the U.S. led coalition forces began their assault on the Iraqi forces on 17 January 1991, known as Operation Desert Storm. The Iraqi forces proved unable to resist the coalition forces, the ground war only lasted four days and the Iraqi tanks left Kuwait on 26 February 1991.

Machboos

Serves 6
Ingredients:
• 3 pounds cubed lamb
• 3 basmati cups of rinsed rice
• ½ cup oil
• 2 ½ cups water
• 2 onions diced
• 2 teaspoon of minced ginger
• 2 teaspoon of minced garlic
• 3 cinnamon sticks
• 1 teaspoon of cumin
• ¼ teaspoon tumeric
• 1 teaspoon cardamom
• ½ teaspoon clove
• 3 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 lemon cut in half
• ¼ cup sultans
• 5 whole cloves
• 1 teaspoon whole pepper
• 7 fresh coriander leave
• 2 saffron sprigs
• 2 tablespoon toasted pistachio
• 2 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
Method:
In a large Dutch oven or pot add oil and caramelize onions then add lamb and brown add water. Add cinnamon stick, whole cloves, whole peppers and lemon cut in half. Cook for 2 minutes then add garlic, ginger, cumin, clove, cardamom and tumeric. Simmer for 1 hour drain through sieve and save gravy. In a frying pan add oil and brown lamb. While meat is browning cook rice as per package
but substitute 1 ½ cups of water for meat gravy , add coriander leaves to rice as well.
When Rice is done take out leaves and arrange on platter, put meat on top of rice then add gravy. Sprinkle toasted nut on top serve.
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