Rice Pilaf with Lamb and Nuts

Rice Pilaf With Lamb And Nuts Recipe

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This is typical of pilafs in Lebanon. Serve with plain yogurt, if desired. Good as a one-pot meal, or as a side to a roast chicken.


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10 Min
1 Hr 10 Min
Stove Top


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1/2 c
unsalted butter (preferably clarified, or olive oil)
2 Tbsp
pine nuts
1/2 c
slivered almonds (blanched)
2 Tbsp
shelled pistachios
1/2 lb
ground lamb
2 tsp
1 tsp
ground cardamom
1/2 tsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
hot paprika
1/2 tsp
ground turmeric
3 c
2 c
basmati rice, soaked in water to cover for 30 minutes, then rinsed and drained
1 c
frozen or fresh peas

How to Make Rice Pilaf with Lamb and Nuts


  • 1In a dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and cook, stirring, until light brown, about 1 minute. Quickly remove from pan with skimmer and set aside. Add almonds and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then remove and set aside. Add pistachios and cook, stiriing for 1 minute then remove and set aside with other nuts. The butter will be browned and nutty smelling.
  • 2Add ground lamb to the pan and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon and breaking it up, until it loses it pink color, about 3 minutes. Add salt, cardamom, cinnamon, paprika and turmeric and stir, then add water, reduce heat yo low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  • 3Add rice and stir to mix well. Cover and let simmer over low heat until water is asorbed, about 30 minutes. Turn off heat, stir in peas, and recover and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • 4Fluff rice with a fork, then mound rice on a serving platter and sprinkle nuts on top and serve.

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About Rice Pilaf with Lamb and Nuts

Course/Dish: Rice Sides
Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: Middle Eastern
Hashtag: #One Pot

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