This is an old stand by for me, its quick and easy and can be served as a main dish or side dish. Its great with a nice middle eastern salad and a side of yoghurt and also goes well with baked lamb or roasts.This is a great potluck dish as well.Seasoning are approximate, you can adjust to suit your tastes.
- 5 cups cooked rice
- 1⁄2 lb ground beef or 1⁄2 lb ground lamb or 1⁄2 lb ground turkey
- 1⁄3 cup diced onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas
- seasoning, are to taste
- 1⁄2-3⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄3 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon seasoning salt (more if desired) or 1 tablespoon salt (more if desired)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄4 cup diced red pepper (for color) (optional)
- Set cooked rice aside.
- In a pot combine onions,chopped garlic,seasonings and ground meat and brown, try to keep the meat from forming large clumps, you want it taco meat in consistency, so keep stirring often.
- Once its almost brown add drained can of chick peas and let meat brown.
- When meat is browned drain any remaining fat from pan and add rice and stir until well blended.
- Enjoy-- (variation to it can be to substitute chick peas for mixed can of mixed veggies).
This is terrific and most definitely will be made many times at my house! I used ground turkey and made only a few slight changes -- I only used about 3.5 cups of rice, a whole onion, a half a red bellpepper, increased the cinnamon to about 3/4 teaspoon and I didn't add any garlic powder. Many thanks to you Chef Fifi!
I dont know how to rate this as DH did not like the flavour of this at all! Whereas I loved it and so did DD (toddler). I used less rice for the amount of ground beef. I probably used less chickpeas too and more chopped onion than called for. Along with the allspice I used some of my own Baharat Aka Middle East Mixed Spices - the Real Mix & sea salt to taste. I did not add garlic powder or red pepper for colour as we don't like peppers much. I will not be making this again. Made for Ramadan Tag.
I made the recipe as writtenâ€”except with only 4 cups of rice, as that was all I had on handâ€”and it went down a treat with German coleslaw left over from our 4th of July celebrations!