I'm not sure what the origins of this dish are. I just know that I grew up not enjoying it, learned to like it by the time I was a teen, and now I am obsessed with it. I've only ever had it at my maternal grandmother's Yemeni home and my mom eventually taught me how to make it as a young adult. It is one of my favorite comfort food dishes and I am so excited for all of you to try it!!
We love serving it at gatherings and large parties. It is also perfect as a "one dish meal" which also makes excellent leftovers because it reheats so easily. I've never tried it with ground lamb, turkey, or chicken but definitely will soon!