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Lentil and Rice Pilaf

Lentil and Rice Pilaf

Main Ingredients:

Lentils: 1 cup
Rice: 2 cups (Indian Basmati or similar)
Vegetable Oil: 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
Onion: 1 medium
Ground Lamb: 1/2 lb or 250 gr (lean shoulder)
Turmeric: 1 tbsp
Cinnamon: 1 tsp
Water: 4 cups + 4 cups
Salt: 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Black Pepper: a pinch


Preparing the lentils and meat

1. Chop finely and fry the onions with 2 tbsp oil until golden and crisp.

2. add the turmeric, cinnamon and pepper and fry until fragrant.

3. add the meat and fry until it changes color.

4. add 4 cups of water, 1tsp salt and the lentils to the meat and cook until the lentils are soft and edible, but not crushed. This would take around 25-30 minutes in a pressure cooker.

Preparing the rice:

1. add 4 cups of water and 1/2 tsp salt to the rice and cook in a rice cooker, until the water is absorbed.

2. rinse the rice in a sieve.

3. Mix the rinsed rice with the meat and lentils.

The following procedure for steaming rice is called dam kardan in Persian cuisine:

4. spread 1 tbsp of oil in the rice cooker pan.

5. pour the mix inside the pan.

6. cover the pan it with a cotton cloth and place the lid.

7. Cook for another half an hour.

Published on February 29, 2008
Last edited on May 5, 2009
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
70 min
Ready in
1.5 hour
3 Ratings
Average rating: 4

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