Middle Eastern rice with turkey, black beans and chickpeas

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    I got this recipe from a friend and it has become a staple in our house! It is so versatile - try it with beef or pork mince instead of turkey.

    12 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 185g uncooked basmati rice
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
    • 950ml chicken stock
    • 675g minced turkey
    • 2 (400g) tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
    • 2 (400g) tins black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 bunch freshly chopped coriander (optional)
    • 1 bunch freshly chopped parsley (optional)
    • 35g pine nuts (optional)
    • salt to taste
    • ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute. Stir in rice, cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir 5 minutes, then pour in chicken stock. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. Place the turkey mince in a pan over medium heat; cook until evenly brown.
    3. Gently mix cooked turkey, chickpeas, black beans, coriander, parsley and pine nuts into the cooked rice. Season with salt and pepper.

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    WOW this recipe was amazing! I sauteed a small onion with the garlic and used curry powder instead of the coriander and tumeric, because the first two ingredients of curry powder are coriander and tumeric!!! I also halved the recipe and it was perfect for about 5 people. I added some fresh chopped tomatoes and some sliced olives. Don't bother using one whole bunch of parsley and cilantro, I just used about 2 tbsp. of each and it was PLENTY!!! If I would have used anymore, it would have been overpowering. My hubby loved this recipe and he is so picky and hard to please, so when he says something is good, it must be really good!!! Thanks so much for the recipe! Next time I make it I will try grilled chicken pieces instead of the ground turkey.  -  26 Jan 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I make this recipe vegetarian by leaving out the turkey and using vegetable broth instead of chicken. I also add a coarsely chopped onion. I love it!!! I eat it for dinner, then have leftovers for lunch a couple days. I've also frozen it with success.  -  10 Apr 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    For more flavor, I doubled the amount of spices, and then drizzled cilantro-spiked yogurt sauce on top (2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt, 3/4 c finely chopped cilantro, 2 tbsp lemon juice)- a MUST. I also added roasted cauliflower (tossed in oil, salt & pepper, 450 for 30 min, then 500 for 10 until caramelized) and melted onions (with oil, low heat 20 min).  -  05 Sep 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)