Turkish lamb pilau

Serve up a basmati rice one pot flavoured with cinnamon, mint and apricot, studded with tender lamb

  • Cook:30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 584
  • fat 24g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 65g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 32g
  • salt 1.4g


  • small handful pine nuts or flaked almonds
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 500g lean lamb neck fillet, cubed
  • 250g basmati rice
  • 1 lamb or vegetable stock cube
  • 12 ready-to-eat dried apricots
  • handful fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped


Making it lighter
Use chicken with chicken stock instead of lamb and currants instead of apricots.If you want to use a slow cooker...
Take your time over this. Toast the nuts according to step 1 and set aside. Fry the onion, cinnamon and spices together for 5-10 mins. Turn up the heat and add the lamb and fry until it changes colour. Tip into the slow cooker with the rice and stir. Pour in the water, crumble the stock cube, add the apricots and season. Cook on Low for 3-4 hours until the rice is tender. Toss in the nuts and mint to serve.


  1. Dry-fry the pine nuts or almonds in a large pan until lightly toasted, then tip onto a plate. Add the oil to the pan, then fry the onion and cinnamon together until starting to turn golden. Turn up the heat, stir in the lamb, fry until the meat changes colour, then tip in the rice and cook for 1 min, stirring all the time.

  2. Pour in 500ml boiling water, crumble in the stock cube, add the apricots, then season to taste. Turn the heat down, cover and simmer for 12 mins until the rice is tender and the stock has been absorbed. Toss in the pine nuts and mint and serve.

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