FamilyChef: Maqluba

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)  Boil the chicken breast first and let it absorb its broth.

Chicken in a pot

2)  Rinse the rice and slice the eggplants before frying them in cooking oil.

Eggplants being sliced

eggplants being cooked

3)  Place the peanuts in hot water so they can easily peel.


4)  Once peeled, fry the peanuts in a pan.

peanuts in a pan

5)  Next, pour half of the recipe's rice into water.

Rice in a pot

6)  Add in the eggplants.

Eggplants being added to the rice

7) Shred the chicken breasts into little pieces and add to the other ingredients, saving a little for later.

Chicken breasts

8) Now add the remaining rice on top.

A plate of rice

9) Pour four cups of chicken broth into the dish and then let it cook for 10 minutes.

chicken broth poured into a pan

10)  Serve the meal by adding the peanuts and remaining chicken pieces on top.

A plate of Maqluba

Cash And Vouchers

e-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. Read More


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 initative enables Syrian refugees to cook their own meals using fresh ingredients they can buy in the local markets. Read More

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