Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Green Bean and Mince Pilau

My friend has submitted her PhD today.  That means 10 days of 2 hours of sleep!  So I invited her over for dinner and have promised her some comfort food which is tasty and goes well with red wine.  Don't be afraid of the lengthy method - it is quite simple.

1 can green beans
1 medium/large onion, chopped finely
400g lamb mince
2.5 cups of Basmati rice
1 potato, thinly sliced
1.5 tablespoons tomato puree
1 chopped tomato
1 tspn salt/pepper
1 tspn turmeric
Vegetable oil

Shallow fry green beans and put aside
Fry onion until golden in a large frying pan
In a deep pan boil some water with a little salt and vegetable oil
Add 2.5 cups of rice to boiling water. Cook for approx 10 mins until rice is al dente
Rinse rice and set aside
Add lamb mince to the onion and reduce heat
Add spices and seasoning
Add chopped tomato to mince until lightly fried.  In a mug, mix tomato puree with a little boiling water to make a sauce then add salt and pepper.
Add fried green beans to mince mixture then add tomato puree sauce.
Reduce heat and simmer until boiled down
Turn off heat.  Add al dente rice to mixture.
Add vegetable oil to a separate non-stick, deep pan, heat and add potato
Layer thin potato slices all over base of pan and cook for 3-4 mins on high heat
Reduce heat to no 4 (electric)
Add lamb and rice mixture on top of potato
Put on low heat until rice is cooked (approx 30-40 mins).
When cooked, turn upside down onto a plate, so that the browned potato slices are facing upwards and serve.
If desired, serve with pickled vegetables and a little Greek yoghurt.

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