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Rfissa Recette De Rachida Amhaouch   This video is not searchable yet


Soak the fenugreek seeds in water for at least several hours, but overnight if possible. I also recommend soaking the lentils in water for several hours.

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, mix the chicken with the onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, ginger, turmeric and Ras El Hanout spices. Stir to coat the chicken well, cover, and set aside to marinate for a few hours, or overnight in the refrigerator.

Make and shred the msemen into bite-size pieces ahead of time (up to a day in advance), following the Msemen Recipe; at serving time, reheat the shredded msemen by steaming it in couscoussier.

OR the msemen can be made concurrent with the cooking of the chicken, in which case it's not necessary to steam the freshly shredded msemen. If choosing this method, plan to fold, cook, and tear the msemen into bite-sized pieces while the chicken and lentils are simmering on the stove.

Cook the Chicken and Lentils

Place the chicken on the stove over medium heat, and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for about 15 to 20 minutes, until a rich sauce has formed.

Add the drained lentils, drained fenugreek seeds, saffron, parsley, cilantro and 3 cups of water. Cover, and simmer over medium-low to medium heat for about one hour, or until the lentils are tender and the chicken is well-cooked. There should be ample sauce in the pot. (If there's not, add a little water, tasting to be sure that the seasoning is not diluted.)

Taste the sauce for salt, and add the teaspoon of smen, swirling the pot to mix it into the sauce. If desired, place the chicken under a broiler for a few minutes to brown and crisp the skin.

Serve the Chicken Rfisa

Shred freshly made msemen while they are still hot (or steam previously shredded mssemen for ten minutes). Mound the msemen on a large serving dish. Add the chicken to the bed of msemen, and distribute most of the sauce and lentils over both the chicken and the shredded msemen. Reserve a bowlful of sauce to offer on the side.

Moroccan tradition is to gather around this single large dish, with each person eating from his own side of the plate either by hand or with a spoon.