Upside-down rice cake

Upside-down rice cake

Posh Rice
120 mins

Maghluba means ‘upside down’ in Arabic, and this rice cake is a traditional Palestinian dish that usually includes meat.


Quantity Ingredient
500g charlotte potatoes, sliced just under 1cm thick
5 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 aubergines, sliced into 1cm rounds
400g spinach, blanched in boiling water then squeezed out
1 lemon, zested, plus wedges to serve
3 large tomatoes, sliced 5mm thick
or 6 smaller tomatoes, sliced 5mm thick
6 garlic cloves, crushed
300g white short-grain rice, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes
625ml hot vegetable stock
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
handful mint leaves
black pepper
tzatziki, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Line two large trays with baking parchment. Toss the potatoes in a large bowl with 2 tbsp oil, 1 tsp cumin and some seasoning, then spread out on one of the trays. In the same bowl, toss the aubergines with 3 tbsp oil and some seasoning, then arrange on the other tray. Roast the vegetables for 35 – 40 minutes, or until golden brown and tender. In a bowl mix the spinach with seasoning and the lemon zest.
  2. Line the base of a deep 23cm lidded pan with baking parchment. Grease the pan with oil. Lay the tomato slices over the base of the pan, then top with the roasted aubergines. Scatter over one-third of the garlic, followed by one-third of the drained rice. Top with the potatoes, then another one-third of garlic and one-third of rice. Arrange the spinach on top of the rice and scatter with the final one third of garlic and the remaining rice.
  3. Mix together the stock and spices, including the remaining 1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp salt. Pour this over the rice and bring to a simmer, then lay a circle of parchment on top and weigh down with a saucer. Add the lid, reduce the heat to low and cook for 35 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to steam for 20 minutes, then invert onto a plate. Scatter over the mint leaves and serve with tzatziki.
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