- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 large cubes of butter
- 750 g lamb neck fillet, cut into 3 cm cubes
- 1-2 generous pinches of saffron threads or 2 packets saffron powder
- 2 teaspoons cardamom sticks, crushed and seeds removed (discard sticks)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 teaspoons cumin powder
- 3-4 tomatoes, peel removed and cut into large cubes
- 2 chicken bouillon cubes
- 400-500 ml water
- 2 large potatoes, cut into small cubes
- 500 g basmati rice
- parsley, for serving
Persian Pilaf with Lamb
1 hour 30 minutes
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- Add half of the butter to a pan and sauté the chopped onion. Add the cumin, cardamom and cinnamon and stir.
- Remove most of the fat from the lamb with a sharp knife. Cut into bite sized pieces.
- Add lamb pieces to pan and brown on all sides. Chop the tomatoes into large cubes.
- Season with salt and pepper. Add the cubes of tomato. Add just enough water to cover the pieces of lamb and add the bouillon cube. Cover with lid and simmer for 1 hour until the meat is tender. Stir occasionally. Add more water if necessary.
- Chop potatoes into small cubes.
- Melt the remaining butter in a short, wide pot. Place the potatoes on the bottom in a single layer.
- Sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until crispy and golden. Sprinkle some saffron over the potatoes.
- Add 2/3 of the rice over the potatoes and then add lamb and juices.
- Add the remaining rice over the lamb and sprinkle with some more saffron.
- Add the second bouillon cube and enough water to cover all of the ingredients by 2 cm.
- Cover pot with lid. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. The rice should have absorbed all of the water. Remove lid and cook for another 5-10 minutes to allow the layer at the bottom of the pot to become crunchy.
- Transfer to a serving platter and serve!
Nutrition information per portion
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A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily
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