Monday, November 16, 2009

Middle Eastern Rice - Middle Eastern Rice & lamb salad

Enjoy middle eastern rice & lamb backstraps salad, delicious and easy to prepare rice dish.

Ingredients (serves 4)

1/4 cup Moroccan spice mix
2 tablespoons olive oil
600g lamb backstraps
2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed
pinch of saffron
1/3 cup currants
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/3 cup Sunbeam slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

Orange dressing
2 oranges, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon cumin seeds


1. Combine spice mix and oil in a ceramic bowl. Add lamb and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, if time permits. Meanwhile, cook rice following absorption method on packet. Remove from heat. Combine saffron and 1 tablespoon hot water in a cup. Add to rice and stir in with a fork. Cover and set aside to cool.

2. Make orange dressing: Place 1/2 cup orange juice, oil, honey, vinegar and cumin seeds in a screw-top jar. Secure lid and shake to combine.

3. Preheat barbecue grill on medium-high heat. Drain lamb. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes each side for medium or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Thickly slice lamb.

4. Spoon saffron rice into a bowl. Add currants, apricots, almonds, parsley and lamb. Pour over orange dressing and toss gently to combine. Serve.

Super Food Ideas - December 2006, Page 66
Recipe by Alison Adams

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