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Recipe: The Authentic Skoudehkaris of Djibouti

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Skoudehkaris is an authentic Djibouti dish you can prepare with lamb, spices, and rice. It’s flavored with cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, cloves, hot pepper, salt, saffron, and cardamom.

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While the meal may look like West Africa’s jollof rice, the recipe is different.

Due to the inhabitants of Djibouti, you can say Skoudehkaris is a mixture of Somali, Afar, Yemeni, and French cuisine with an influence of Indian recipes. 

Below is the guide to preparing authentic Skoudehkaris of Djibouti.

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How to Prepare Skoudehkaris

Lamb. Image source: Freepik  licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Lamb. Image source: Freepik  licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rice 
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • ½ tbsp of cumin
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp Salt to taste
  • 2 kilos of fresh lamb
  • 2 red onions, minced
  • 4 big tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tbsp cayenne powder
  • Cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp of hot pepper powder

Instructions

  • Put a clean Dutch oven or non-stick pot on fire and pour the oil.
  • Saute the chopped onions for a few minutes, then add the cumin, cloves, cayenne, garlic, cinnamon, and hot pepper.
  • Stir until the onions are a bit brown
  • Cut the lamb into cubes and toss with the onions and spices
  • Add the chopped tomatoes once the meat is browned 
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, then pour the hot water and stir
  • Cook for 45 minutes on medium heat until the lamb is soft
  • Wash and add the rice on low heat
  • Stir, taste, and adjust the seasoning
  • Cover the pot and allow the skoudehkaris to cook for 20 minutes or more until the rice absorbs the rice.
  • Dish skoudehkaris hot on a plate and garnish with cilantro leaves

Tips for Preparing Skoudehkaris

  1. You can use canned tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes if you want to.
  2. The brand of rice is completely a personal choice. However, long-grain rice is ideal.
  3. You can also add a tablespoon of tomato paste to add color to the dish.

Video Credit; Franco Foods

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Djibouti Skoudehkaris

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Recipe: The Authentic Skoudehkaris of DjiboutiSedi Djentuh
Skoudehkaris is an authentic Djibouti dish you can prepare with lamb, spices, and rice. It’s flavored with cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, cloves, hot pepper, salt, saffron, and cardamom.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine African
Servings 5
Calories 403 kcal

Equipment

Dutch Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tbsp Salt to taste
  • 2 kilos of fresh lamb
  • 2 red onions minced
  • 4 big tomatoes diced
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ tbsp cayenne powder
  • Cilantro leaves chopped
  • ½ tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp hot pepper powder

Instructions
 

  • Put a clean Dutch oven or non-stick pot on fire and pour the oil
  • Saute the chopped onions for a few minutes, then add the cumin, cloves, cayenne, garlic, cinnamon, and hot pepper.
  • Stir until the onions are a bit brown
  • Cut the lamb into cubes and toss with the onions and spices
  • Add the chopped tomatoes once the meat is browned
  • Simmer for 5 minutes, then pour the hot water and stir
  • Cook for 45 minutes on medium heat until the lamb is soft
  • Wash and add the rice on low heat
  • Stir, taste, and adjust the seasoning
  • Cover the pot and allow the skoudehkaris to cook for 20 minutes or more until the rice absorbs the rice.
  • Dish skoudehkaris hot on a plate and garnish with cilantro leaves

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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 29.8gProtein: 35.6gFat: 15.4gSaturated Fat: 7.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 118mgSodium: 390mgPotassium: 432mgFiber: 3.7gSugar: 6.1gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 2mg
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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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