Friday, May 25, 2007

Zebaidy (Fish and Rice) (Kuwait)

Zebaidy, or silver pomfret, is one of the most popular among Kuwaitis. The recipe below includes black lemon (or loomi), which can be bought whole or ground from the spice section of Arabic or Persian markets. It is great with fish, and can be added to soups and stews for added flavor.


2 medium zebaidy fish
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon coriander powder


1/4 cup oil
1 medium chopped onion
2 cups rice
2 teaspoons salt
2 whole black lemons


2 tablespoons oil
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup raisins
1 teaspoon black lemon powder
1/2 teaspoon reserved spices

Mix the first four spices and reserve 1/2 teaspoon for the topping.

To prepare fish, wash well, drain, and cut gashes in the fleshy sides. Then sprinkle with salt and rub with spices, and let it rest in the refrigerator for one hour. Fry in oil and drain.

To prepare rice, wash it first and soak in tepid water for half an hour. Drain well. Fry chopped onion in oil. Add rice, salt, lemon, and 3 1/2 cups of hot water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until water is absorbed.

To prepare topping, sauté onions and raisins in oil, then add reserved spices and sprinkle with salt.

To serve, put rice on a serving plate, garnish with topping, and lay fish over the top.

Recipe from


Anonymous said...

What is reserved spices??

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Fry chopped onion in oil. Add rice, salt, lemon, and 3 1/2 cups of hot water. Perfect recipe...

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It is great with fish, and can be added to soups and stews for added flavor.

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I would live to try it at home.This would so flavorful and delicious.

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Fish and rice from Kuwait are amazing. A friend of mine lives there and he always tells me about this particularly dish.

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We also add prunes, and fresh grapes. It is a wonderful punch, and it makes me miss home!

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I always wanted to try Zebaidy. I never knew that its called this way but a friend of mine from Kuwait told me about this.

dollygk said...

Hi there, I am an American who married a Saudi and we lived 9 years in Kuwait. I have been trying to find the name for Zebaidy in English and finally did throu your blog!!!! Many thanks for the post. I did learn this recipee from an older Kuwaiti woman but we added the raw rice on top of the fried fish then let it cook together..... a variation I guess.... AGAIN thank you for your post. Dolly

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