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Lamb ouzi is a traditional UAE dish that the whole family can enjoy. Chef Ali Fouad of Al Nafoorah in Jumeirah Emirates Towers shares an easy ouzi recipe that’s ideal for iftar

Lamb Ouzi is a lamb dish served on special occasions with onions, carrots and rice

Level Intermediate | Preparation Time 10 minutes | Cooking Time 40 minutes - 1 hour | Serves

PHOTO BY Ajith Narendra | RECIPE BY Ali Fouad | FOOD STYLING BY Ali Fouad


250g Australian Organic Lamb Leg
25g onions, chopped
10g carrots, chopped
1-2 cinnamon sticks
2-3 whole bay leaves
Black Pepper
7g Turmeric Powder
200g Basmati Rice
50g ghee
100g Australian Organic Lamb, minced
½L lamb stock
1 tbsp Arabic seven spice mix
10g Salt
30g mixed nuts


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4.

2. Place the leg of lamb in a tray and cover with half of the chopped onions, all the chopped carrots, the cinnamon sticks and the bay leaves. Season with black pepper and sprinkle with turmeric.

3. Cook for 40 minutes to 1 hour.

4. In another pot, fry the rice, ghee and the other half of the chopped onions for 5 minutes.

5. Add the minced lamb to the rice and cover with ½ a litre of lamb stock, Arabic seven spices and salt. Cook for 12 minutes.

6. Place the rice on a tray and add the cooked lamb on top. Top with the nuts and serve with cucumber yoghurt as a side dish.

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