Traditional Somali risotto with chicken, vegetables and spices.


  1. Clean and soak the rice in the water. Let it stand for 30 minutes.

  2. Fry the chicken until brown, add cardamom, cinnamon sticks, cloves and peppercorns. Add the onion and when it turnes brown add garlic and tomatoes. Add the yoghurt when the tomatoes are softened.

  3. Then stir while adding squeezed lemon juice, cumin, ginger, fresh and powdered coriander and paprika. Bring to boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

  4. In another pan heat the water. When it boils, add rice and cook until rice is half cooked.

  5. Drain the rice and add it to the pan with the chicken.

  6. Cook all together over medium temperature until the rice is tender. Serve and garnish.

  7. Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and fry until golden brown.

  8. Add raisins and cook until they inflate.

  9. Arrange the mixture on top of the rice.

  • Ingreedients: 20
  • Number of persons: 6
  • Non-available ingredients
  • This recipe has been published in the cookbook Taste of Home.


  • 6 pieces chicken
  • 6 cups basmati rice
  • 5 flat bean pods, crushed
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon red paprika
  • 2 teaspoons fresh coriander, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • 1/3 lemon (juice)
  • 2 medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 onion, chopped

About author

Samir lost his entire family while escaping war, the daily bloodshed and poverty. Getting out of danger cost him about fifty thousand HRK. Several weeks of travelling in different cars with smugglers and forged documents completely exhausted him. He had not heard a word about his family for more than a year. His wife and four children, according to the stories of acquaintances, were located in the refugee camp in Somalia, but every trace of them is now lost. Since his arrival to Croatia, he sought his family with the help of international organizations and national institutions. Although Croatia granted him asylum, he left the country very soon in search of his family and a safe home for all of them.


About country


The area that has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic period became an independent state in 1960. The territory, known as Federal Republic of Somaliafrom 1960 to 1991, was divided on regional basis to three different entities: the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Mogadishu, the self-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland in the northwest and the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in the northeast. 1969 coup led by Mohamed Siad Barre introduced the authoritarian rule of the socialist characteristics where the persecution and torture of political opponents were common, and resistance to the regime, while increasing during the 1980s, transformed into a civil war in 1991. Since then, Somalia has no effective central government and has been shaken by internal conflicts and constant turmoil. In early 2009, civil war broke out again, this time in the southern part of the country, between the Somali Federal Government and the Islamist groups among which Al-Shabaab is the strongest. Members of this group are known for recruiting children. Violation of human rights is extremely frequent, and includes, among other, arbitrary killings, abductions, torture, rape, beatings and amputations, severe and life-threatening prison conditions, arbitrary arrest, detention and deportation.

Somali society is characterized by membership in clans, which are divided into many sub-clans, or minority groups that are usually classified as of non-Somali ethnic origin. Historical dominance of majority groups and abuse of minority groups still persist, and some of the biggest problems minorities face are hate speech addressed at them, lack of political representation, difficulties in employment due to lack of education and the prohibition of marriages between clans.

Since the institutions are not functioning, mainly in central and southern Somalia which are under the control of Al-Shabaab, violators of human rights are rarely punished.

9.5 per thousand inhabitants per year leave Somalia.