Moroccan spiced lamb pilaf

    30 min

    In this beautiful, healthy and fragrant lamb dish boneless lamb meat, celery, bulgur wheat and onion are simmered in chicken stock with aromatic spices and topped off with raisins and slivered almonds. One bite and you'll think you're in the exotic tents of Morocco, belly dancing for joy!

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
    • 680g boneless lamb stew meat, cut into 1.5cm strips
    • 1/2 teaspoon Mediterranean seasoning blend
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 sticks celery, minced
    • 140g dry bulgur wheat
    • 350ml chicken stock
    • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
    • 1 pinch ground allspice
    • 40g raisins
    • 40g flaked almonds

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Season lamb strips with Mediterranean seasoning blend and sauté in oil until browned. Remove from frying pan and set aside.
    2. Reduce heat to medium and heat remaining tablespoon of oil. Sauté onion and celery until soft, then add bulgur wheat and continue cooking, stirring often, for an additional 5 minutes.
    3. Stir in reserved lamb, chicken stock, cinnamon and allspice. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, covered, until liquid has been absorbed. Garnish with raisins and almonds and serve.

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    Absolutely fantastic! At the other reviewer's suggestions, I used a higher quality lamb meat and made sure to trim half the fat to allow a little extra to flavor the dish since most of it seems to burn off. I also added couscous instead of the bulgar, and it seemed to be just as good. I added a little extra cinnamon, too. The raisins added just the touch of sweetness to compliment the dish, but my boyfriend hates raisins, so I drizzled a bit of honey over the top of his dish, and he said it complimented the flavors very well. I'm definitely keeping this to make again, and I'm eager to find some sides that will pair up well with this main course. Perhaps something a bit spicy?  -  25 Feb 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This looked quick, simple, and like something a 'little different' so I made it this evening. Very tasty! I didn't have bulghar at home so I used couscous - I think it worked out just fine.  -  08 Feb 2001  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was delicious! I used a lamb shoulder steak and sliced it thinly. The meat was a touch bland, but it's not so obvious when it's mixed in with everything else. The combination of flavors is great and very different from what I usually eat!  -  30 Jun 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)