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Vegetable and Lamb Pilaf

A Pilaf is one of my most favourite rice dishes to cook, simply because it is so easy to make, there is very little chance of the rice scorching at bottom and it only uses 1 pot, which makes cleaning up easier! Perfect for those busy days when you want a quick and healthy meal!


You will need:

1 cup lean lamb mince

1 cup unboiled rice

2 T canola or other cooking oil

1 brown onion, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

2 ripe tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup peppers, chopped

1/2 cup boiled brown lentils

1 tsp ginger garlic red chilli paste

2T vinegar

A dash of freshly squeezed lemon

a pinch of saffron, steeped in 1/4 cup boiling water

cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks and cloves

1 1/2 tsp of each of the following spices: dhana jeeru, arad, whole jeeru

1/2t mustard powder

1 1/2 to 2 cups of vegetables, I have used the following but you can use anything ranging from just 2 vegetables to a variety! baby corn, marrows, corn, patty pans, cubed butternut, green peas, baby carrots- chopped or snapped into smaller pieces


– In a non stick pot heat the oil and add the onions and jeeru. Cook until fragrant and add the mince. Stir well then add the celery and lentils. Keep stirring and don’t let the liquid that appears dry out.

– Once the mince has changed colour, add the peppers, tomatoes, vinegar, spices and chilli paste. Stir once again to allow the spices to ‘coat’ the mince.

– Add the vegetables and the rice, stir, throw in the saffron, stir well to combine the mince, rice and vegetables. Close the pot. Lower the heat and let the dish steam. You can at this point transfer the dish to a hot oven to steam. The beauty of the dish is that you can stir the dish every few minutes, to check the bottom of the pot for liquid and so that it does not burn.

For the Mint Raita you will need a jug and a handheld blender or food processor:

– 3/4 cup fat free yoghurt

– handful of fresh mint leaves

– handful of fresh coriander leaves

– 1/2 a green chilli

– 1 tsp cumin seeds

– pinch of cayenne pepper


Add all the ingredients to a food processor or into a jug to be blended with a hand held blender. Wizz until smooth.

This dish has so many vegetables that if you do not have a side salad or soup its no problem, it covers up for that! Since the rice, vegetables and mince are stirred together- its the perfect recipe to allow a beginner cook to get some confidence in cooking! Full of fibre and spices, there was no need to add any salt! Try this dish the next time you need a healthy meal in a hurry and comment with your results!

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This entry was posted on March 7, 2015 by in Rice and tagged , , , .
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