Saffron Tv: Greek Lamb Pilau

AMC to the rescue...love this roaster!

AMC to the rescue…love this roaster!

Greek Inspired Lamb Pilau

Lamb, brinjals and feta with garlic and fresh mint….these are essentials for a greek inspired pilau.  A word on pilau…always used cold rice to prevent your one pot wonder turning to mush!  You can also use fresh herbs like thyme, oregano and parsley (I have a soft spot for coriander).  I enjoy making pilaus in an AMC roaster but any large 30cm AMC pan will do!

Wardrobe by Jo Borkett and Lamb Pilau by me!

Wardrobe by Jo Borkett and Lamb Pilau by me!

Ingredients

2 large brinjals, sliced into rounds and grilled

60ml Spar sunflower oil or Light cooking olive oil

2 cinnamon sticks

2 bay leaves

5ml cumin seeds

1 onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

700g lamb mince

5ml garam masala

5ml cumin powder

10ml coriander powder

750ml cooked Basmati Rice, cooled

Salt to season

200g feta

60ml fresh coriander

Dressing

Combine the following ingredients:

30ml fresh lemon juice

30ml honey

45ml Spar extra virgin olive oil

50ml fresh mint, chopped

Greek inspired lamb pilau

Greek inspired lamb pilau

Here’s how:

Heat the oil in an AMC roaster.

Fry cinnamon sticks and bay leaves and fry until fragrant.  Add cumin seeds and onions.

When onions are golden brown, add the garlic and fry for a few seconds.

Add the lamb mince and saute until it starts to brown.

Add the powdered spices and fry for a minute.

Layer the basmati rice over the mince.

Place the brinjals over the rice and add the pieces of feta.

Pour 125ml boiling water over the rice and steam on the lowest setting until the rice grains have heated through.

Drizzle the dressing over the pilau and garnish with fresh coriander.

Yudhika’s hot tips:

● This dish can be made with chicken mince.

● Add fresh green chilli for a spicier dish – I always add green chilli – its adds a fresh green flavour to the mince!

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