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Spiced lamb and rice (addas polo ba bareh) recipe

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Serves 8
Preparation 15min
Cooking 1hr
Skill level Easy

Manuela Darling-Gansser

Ingredients 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) basmati or long-grain rice
1½ cups small brown lentils
1½ tsp salt
1 egg yolk
¾ cup thick plain yoghurt
½ cup melted butter
250 g (9 oz) lamb fillet, chopped in small pieces
1 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

Rinse rice well in cold water 2–3 times. Bring 2 litres (4 pints) salted water to the boil, add rice and parboil the rice – about 5 minutes – and strain.

Cover lentils with cold water, add salt and bring to the boil. Cook for about 20 minutes. The lentils should still be a little al dente. Drain and set aside.

Mix 1½ cups of the rice with the egg yolk, yoghurt and melted butter. Put this in a non-stick, buttered heavy pan, and set aside.

In another pan, melt a little butter and cook lamb, onion and garlic until lamb has browned and onion softened – about 5 minutes. Add spices.

Now mix the remaining parboiled plain rice and the lentils with the lamb mixture and pile it on top of the yoghurt and rice mixture. With a wooden spoon handle, make holes in the rice and add some small pieces of butter. Put the lid on tight and, over a very low heat, cook for about 30–40 minutes.

To serve, turn it upside down on to a warm dish.

The rice should have a beautiful golden crust on top.

Recipe from Under the Olive Tree by Manuela Darling-Gansser. Published by Hardie Grant.

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