I want to make a rice dish that gets baked - a maqluba, but I want to make half the quantity of the recipe. Do I adjust the baking time? The recipe calls for simmering 30 mins, baking 30 mins, resting 10 mins. It uses raw (soaked) basmati rice. Calls for 1 and 2/3 cups of rice but I’ll cut that in half. I know I’ll need a smaller pot, too.

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    Welcome Sara! What ingredients are in the maqluba besides rice? Something like eggs or raw meat might need that 30 minutes to fully cook through, so that's an important detail.
    – Erica
    Sep 29, 2019 at 14:55
  • Thanks for responding! It’s vegetarian, actually, and no eggs. Just rice, vegetables, stock, spices. Here’s the recipe:
    – Sara
    Sep 29, 2019 at 15:00

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The recipe calls for simmering 30 mins, baking 30 mins, resting 10 mins.

This isn't quite an accurate representation of the recipe. The recipe calls for baking cauliflower and eggplant for 20 minutes each prior to assembly. Once assembled, the rice gets simmered for 30 minutes. Then the completed dish rests for 10 minutes.

The cook times will likely not be significantly affected by cutting the recipe in half.

  • The vegetables are oven roasted in a single layer on baking sheets. Because they are in a single layer, the roasting time will be consistent because the thickness will be consistent.
  • Rice generally takes 20-30 minutes to cook through, regardless of the volume. This is due to the time needed for the liquid to fully penetrate and hydrate the rice grains.

You may want to check both the phases of cooking about 5 minutes prior to the recipe cook times--but I'd likely recommend doing that even if cooking a full recipe.


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