Zurbian (Surbiyaan) زربيان

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39 Responses to Zurbian (Surbiyaan) زربيان
  1. Khadra
    June 17, 2014 | 4:21 am

    Hi, This looks amazing! How many people does it serve?

    • A&L
      June 18, 2014 | 11:45 pm

      It can serve 4 to 6 people depending on the appetite.

  2. Fadumo
    June 17, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Thanks for this recipe. I was wondering if I could use chicken legs instead? What would change if you make it with chicken? cooking time? Please let me know, I can’t wait to try this!

    • A&L
      June 18, 2014 | 11:43 pm

      You can use chicken legs if you wish. You will need less water than we used. The first cooking time should be half hour. Add the potatoes after cooking the chicken for ten minutes. After the half hour, add the rice and steam for 20 minutes.

    • zurbiyaan
      December 18, 2014 | 3:37 pm

      I made it with chicken chest,and it was amzing…so i think you can try it with chicken legs. good luck

  3. nasra
    June 18, 2014 | 6:05 am

    Mahadsanidiin, wax badan baanba sugay surbiyaan..

    • A&L
      June 18, 2014 | 11:30 pm

      Adigaa mahadda mudan walaal.

  4. Asia
    June 23, 2014 | 5:27 am

    salamu alaikum xawaash team it is a very useful website i like to visit this website whenever i have time I have learnt how to make shawarma now every sunday i cook shawarma for the whole family especialy my children they like it I was wondering if you could show us how to make different kinds of shurba as the holy month of ramadaan is coming soon insha alla

    • A&L
      June 26, 2014 | 1:18 am

      Wa’alaikum Assalam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
      Thank you very much for your nice comment. We are happy to know that you are using the recipes. Click on this link for other soup recipes http://xawaash.com/?cat=186.

  5. Manal
    June 26, 2014 | 6:43 am

    Love you guyz :) I had to check your web in order to refresh my memory as Ramadan is approaching, and as usual you never disappoint me :) … May Allah reward you Jannah :)
    Because of u, am a super wify ;) xox

    • A&L
      June 29, 2014 | 5:11 pm

      Thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you for the comment. We are happy we could help.

  6. fatima
    June 29, 2014 | 1:52 am

    salamu alaykum guys i love watching your blogs so much and i learned so much from you and now in our home i become a good chef and they wonder how i became that all thanks to allah and you i am looking up for you thank you muaah

    • A&L
      June 29, 2014 | 5:41 pm

      We are happy to know that. Thank you very much for your nice comment. Ramadan Kareem.

      • fatima
        July 1, 2014 | 2:58 am

        you most welcome ramadan mubarak

  7. Manal
    June 29, 2014 | 3:54 am

    My dears, I don’t have “Zabaadi” here, what can I replace it with? Thanks

    • A&L
      June 29, 2014 | 5:43 pm

      You can use butter milk.

  8. Sagal
    July 2, 2014 | 11:54 am

    Ramadan Kareem,
    Dear A&L,

    First and foremost, I cannot thank both of you enough for these fascinating and mouth-watering recipes you have created for us. I love your creativity, simplicity of your instructions, the sharpness of your clips, the authentic Somali music in the background and the purity of your kitchen.
    I’m 30 and never cooked in my life thanks to my wonderful mother who’s an excellent cook. Over the years, due to studies and employment I never had the time to learn how to cook, especially, some wonderful Somali dishes (Surbiyan, shurbad, sanbuse etc), and now that I have accidentally stumbled on your wonderful blog I cannot stay away from the kitchen area.

    I always thought cooking was the hardest thing that is out there, but you have restored my faith. Cooking is important to all cultures and communities and I certainly cannot turn the clock back but would like to stress a greater importance to teach the young generation about their roots and the risks of unhealthy eating. A great way to pique their interest in nutrition is to involve them more in the cooking process. They not only will learn to cook for themselves, but also develop a lifetime of healthy habits. A humble thank you.

    London, UK

    • A&L
      July 4, 2014 | 4:41 pm

      Thank you very, very much for your fabulous comment and words of encouragement. We were truly touched to read your comment. We are delighted you found the website helpful and that you are using it. We wish you all the best. Ramadan Kareem.

  9. laylo cabdi
    July 13, 2014 | 10:10 am

    bariiskaan wan kariyey waxaan si aad ugu farxay in aniga iyo ciyaalkeyguba aan ka helnay sida uu usawiran yahayna aan u kariyey Illaahey ayaa webkaan ibaray markastana uga mahad celiyaa markastana janadii idiin weydiiya adinka iyo ehelediinaba
    illaahey janadii ha idinku bishareeyo gacmihiinana ha idiin barakeeyo

    • A&L
      July 13, 2014 | 10:23 pm

      Aamiin walaal. Aad iyo aad ayaan ugu faraxnay inay ciyaalka jeclaadeen, waxaan kaloo ku faraxnay inaad nala socodsiisay. Mahadsanid walaasheenna qaaliga ah. Qayr badan ayaan Ilaahay kaaga baryaynaa.

  10. Siti Fadzilah Latif
    July 21, 2014 | 12:19 am

    Salam Ramadhan
    I plan to try this wonderful dish for eid and has been playing your video on youtube many times.
    How do you make the hot zurbiyan sauce.
    I didnt see the recipe list.
    Thank you for showing us your great recipe.

    • A&L
      July 21, 2014 | 3:26 pm

      Thank you for your comment. God willing, we will do our best to post the recipe soon.

  11. Ummhafsa
    July 27, 2014 | 7:30 pm

    I have several questions: lamb is a fatty meat, so will the rice be full of fat, thus making it even longer to cook? And also can I use a different type of meat instead of lamb? Where can I purchase the orange blossom?

    • A&L
      July 30, 2014 | 1:41 am

      No, it won’t be full of fat. Make sure you trim as much of the fat as possible. You can buy the orange blossom water from middle eastern supermarkets. Yes, you can use different types of meat, but you have to adjust the cooking time depending on the type of meat.

  12. umm ahmed
    September 12, 2014 | 11:45 am

    Assalam Alaikum, mashaAllah so many mouth watering recipes absolutely love this website learnt so many recipes thanks to you, (Jazakum Allah khair). I love zurbian and have been waiting for this recipe for so long. I was wondering if you have the recipe for chicken kabsah, my husband loves kabsah and I have been trying so many recipes but it just doesn’t turn out right, also your recipes are genuine of course(may Allah bless you). Thanks in advance.

    • A&L
      September 13, 2014 | 1:25 am

      Wa’alaikum Assalam Warahmatullahi Wabaraktuh.
      Thank you very much for your kind comment, and thank you for your confidence in our recipes. Kabsah is on our to do list and God willing, we will post it.

  13. amina
    November 13, 2014 | 4:37 am

    Mashallah, you two are doing wonderful job and putting Somali food on the international map. May Allah reward you for your hard work and dedication. Ameen

    I wanna try this inshallah, will let you know how it comes out.

    Since you’re both wonderful chefs I think you might know the answer to this question, what’s the English name for Cali Uraaye rice? I’ve been looking for this for quite some time with no luck :) . Thank you in advance.

    • A&L
      November 19, 2014 | 12:46 am

      Thank you very much for your kind words. We don’t know what that type of rice is called.

  14. Bilan
    November 16, 2014 | 7:52 am

    Hello thanks for this amazing recipe. I wanted to know the name of the rice you use to make this and the brands name. I have attempted making it with a salma brand and it went wrong. thanks your help is appreciated

    • A&L
      November 19, 2014 | 12:52 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. We use Kohinoor basmati rice. Good luck.

  15. Um Tayibah
    January 12, 2015 | 4:07 pm

    Deliciosamente simple. Gracias.

  16. barqadle
    April 30, 2015 | 10:53 am


  17. abdi fitaax
    June 22, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    asc ramadaan A&l aad iyo aad ayad muahadsantihiin aniga waxaan ahay will waad ogtihiin waxaan ula jeedo somalia guy and cooking…… lakiin waan isku dayay and i did it thanks to you again really and ramadaan kariim you guys made my afur amazing.

  18. UmmFaisal
    July 7, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing amazing recipes! May Allah reward you and your family for the kindness.
    I want to make a greater quantity. Should I just double the quantity? Was worried it would be too spicy. help

  19. Majid
    October 31, 2015 | 3:56 am

    Helo sir I hoping you fine ..
    Thank for sharing such a knowledge.
    I tried this at home it was delicious.
    Could you send me 1kg recipie.pls.

  20. Farah
    June 9, 2016 | 7:13 am


    I marinated the meat overnight is that ok to us for this recipe?

  21. Arwa
    January 6, 2017 | 9:59 am

    This yemen food

  22. Priya
    February 4, 2018 | 6:11 am

    It was awesome. Thanx for sharing the recipe

  23. shirley
    August 13, 2018 | 8:20 pm

    The recipes on your site look delicious, I can’t wait to get to cooking. I like that you have videos on here.

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