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Why Don't You Try Silig?

Alaa Al-Dahlawi from Saudi Arabia loves this typical dish from his country and urges you to try it.

Sultan offers a plate of tasty SiligSelig
Sultan from Saudi Arabia offers you a plate of tasty Silig.

Arabic word for Silig
Arabic word for Silig.

Silig is a traditional food from Saudi Arabia. This kind of food is made of rice and milk mixed together. It tastes really good. It is served at big parties. Some people add a green salad; others like it with hot sauce.

This food is very popular in my country, Saudi Arabia, especially in the western region which I live in. The first time I ate silig, I felt that I was not going to stop eating it.

Whatever I write about it will never give you the real idea about how it tastes, so here's a recipe. You can make it and try it yourself. I think you will like it.

one whole chicken
two cups of Egyptian rice
two cups of milk (You can add more, if needed.)
two small pieces of "Mistake", if available
two spoons of butter
unground spices: sticks of cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper, and cloves

Cooking Steps
First, clean the chicken and put it in a good-sized cooking pan with water covering the chicken. Next, add the unground spices and salt. When the chicken is done, remove it and put it in the oven to roast. Or, you can fry it. (This is optional.) Then wash the rice with water and add it to the chicken.

When it is halfway cooked, add the milk and mix them. Make sure the heat is down so it does not burn. Mix it from time to time, and add more milk, if needed. If "mistaka" is available, fry it in a saucepan with the butter and add it to the rice. Finally, put the rice on a service plate, cut the chicken into pieces, and put the pieces on top of the rice.

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