FamilyChef: Kabsa

Welcome to the World Food Programme's (WFP) new recipe series. Explore the culinary treasures and cooking abilities of refugees who benefit from WFP's cash and vouchers, an initiative that allows individuals to buy the food they need to cook their traditional dishes

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1) Place the whole chicken in a deep pot. Top it with the cloves, laurel leaves, one whole onion, black pepper, red pepper and cinnamon. 

Chicken in a pot

2) Add water and boil the chicken. When fully cooked, tear the chicken into little pieces and save the broth.

A pot of broth and chicken in a plate

3) Now for the sauce - chop onion, red pepper and green pepper into little pieces and mix them with olive oil in a separate pot for about five minutes then add half a kilo of grated tomatoes and let it simmer for another five minutes.

Onion being chopped

4) Add half of the chicken pieces to the sauce in the stew pot. Once mixed in with the sauce, add a dash of special kabsa spice along with the chicken broth. 

Chicken added to a stew pot

Ingradients being mixed

5) Add one kilo of rinsed rice to the mix and leave it on the stove until the rice is fully cooked. 

A bowl of rinsed rice added to a pot

6) Then add the rest of the chicken and dinner is ready! 

A Syrian family enjoying their meal

Cash And Vouchers

A WFP cash and vouchers card
Photo: WFP/Jane Howard

WFP delivers hundreds of thousands of tons of food each year, but, increasingly, we give hungry people cash or vouchers to buy food for themselves. Learn more about WFP's cash and vouchers programmes.


Syrian refugees shopping for food in a market
Photo: WFP/Eyad Al Baba

WFP uses innovative ways to deliver food assistance, such as scratch cards or “e-vouchers” sent to mobile phones by text message.

WFP and the Turkish Red Crescent launched the e-food card programme in 2012 in Turkey. The initiative enables Syrian refugees to cook their own meals using fresh ingredients they can buy in the local markets. Read more about WFP's E-Food card programme (PDF, 1.48 MB).