Greek Lamb Pilaf With Cinnamon

Recipe by Mrs Goodall

I haven't tried this yet, but I like the idea of the meat with cinnamon. It comes from Mark Bittman's "The Best Recipes in the World...

Top Review by twissis

Made essentially as written for the Greece region of CQ#3 - I say essentially because I did make a tiny change that was more a matter of presentation than a real recipe change. I did not add the pine nuts to the lamb mixture, but rather sprinkled them atop the finished dish before serving. This dish is fantastic, Stacy. Perfection for this lamb lover. I recall having another dish somewhat like it in my cooking past & remembered how good the flavor profile tasted to me. It was even better this time. This may be my favorite dish of the Quest so far. Thx for sharing the recipe w/the Quest. :-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place the onion in a deep 12 - inch skillet or flameproof casserole with a lid over medium heat; cover the pan. Let them stew, undisturbed, while you cut up the lamb, chop the garlic, and chop the tomatoes.
  2. Soak the raisins in the wine. After 5 or 10 minutes, uncover the pan and stir the onions; re-cover. When the onions are dry, slightly brown, and almost sticking to the pan, (another 10 minutes or so), add the olive oil and raise the heat to medium-high.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are nicely browned. Add the garlic and stir. Add the tomatoes, raisins and wine, salt and pepper, cinnamon, bay leaf, pine nuts and rice; stir.
  4. Bring to a simmer and add the lamb and 2 cups hot water. Cover and cook very slowly for about 30 minutes, checking after about 20 minutes to make sure the mixture had not dried out; if it has, add a bit more water and re-cover.
  5. Check that the rice is done, if it is not, add a bit more water. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook until the mixture is moist but not swimming in liquid and the rice is fully cooked.
  6. Check the seasoning, garnish with parsley, and serve.

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