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Galaba qalaba gallaya gallaba

Chicken Galaba (Qalaba)


Chicken Galaba or Qalaba is an quick and healthy dish which is kind of a cross between a stew and a stir-fry. If you want to make the dry version, the trick is to slice the vegetables, (especially the potatoes) very thin so they cook fast. You can also vary the amount and kind of vegetables that you use and also the kind of meat.


Chicken pieces without bone, I used 2 breast and 1 thigh
2 small potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 tomato,chopped
½ onion, sliced
About 1 cup carrots, sliced thin
1 cup of green beans
1 small zucchini, sliced
Green chili to taste
3 tablespoons oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp.tumeric
½ tsp. cumin
½ tsp. black pepper
½ tsp. coriander
¼ tsp. cinnamon
Pinch cloves
2 chicken bouillon cubes (more or less to taste)
Salt (depending on how much salt is in your bouillon)

How to make

1.       First cook the chicken (in oil or water) until it turns white. It doesn’t have to be fully cooked through. Then remove and slice into thin strips.

2.       Then cook the onions in oil on medium heat until they turn slightly brown. Then add the potatoes and garlic and cook until the potatoes are about half way cooked, about 10 minutes or so. This will take longer if they are bigger pieces.

1.       Add in the rest of the vegetables, spices, chicken, and bouillon (plus a bit of extra water if it starts to stick to the pan) and cook all together until the vegetables are soft and the chicken is cooked through. This took about 10-15 minutes. If you like, you can also cook the vegetables longer to make a stew with a broth by adding water. It’s really a matter of preference.

2. Serve with bread or rice.



Looks good and simple to make! I will add it to my "must try" recipe list. Thanks.

06.24.2013 Reply


Thanks for leaving a comment, glad you liked it :)



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I just made this it came out great.

09.25.2013 Reply


thank you, im happy you enjoyed it :)



This also called "Akdah" in Taiz, may wanna put that in subject line so that Taizi people knows about it :) 

04.27.2014 Reply



I have cooked the Chicken Galaba and his taste was awesome...... I am glad that i have found your website.

I will introduce these dishes in Pakistan.



08.08.2014 Reply


Jazaki Allahu khair ukhti for all your hard work hayakillah. The recipes are great and so are your instructions. Great job mashaa'Alla!

11.28.2016 Reply


I made this tonight, part of my quest to cook something from every country. Used chicken thighs (rendered out the fat and used that for the oil), zucchini, potato, tomato, two types of green chili and red bell pepper. Spiced tomato/onion rice on the side. This is delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

08.15.2017 Reply