I did promise I am going to give you a feast of one-pot dishes so here I am. One Pot Lamb and Rice is perfect for those nights when you’re not up to slaving away at the stove.
One Pot Lamb and Rice
Don’t know about you but I’m always never up for slaving at the stove. My family thinks it’s my job to cook, don’t know where they get that idea. But if it’s what I am going to do for the rest of my life you bet I am going to make it easy…Lol!
This morning I had an idea but I quickly tossed that out. I was going to make a Mince Pilaf but then I realised my kids are not fans of Pilaf or Biryani. Seeing I don’t eat red meat that would have been a waste.
Therefore I tried to make this like something in between, just so they will eat it. I also added veggies to it so they get to eat a balanced meal. See, I’m trying to be a good mother…haha!
As much as we all want our dishes to taste great and be that perfect dish. Not everything is going to work for everyone. Because our palates are all different.
What may taste great to me may not taste all that great to you. When it comes to these sort of dishes I think you can very easily adjust the spices or add other spices to it.
There is no hard and fast rule to cooking. I see my recipes as a guide to help you create a dish. You can then “fine tune” it just the way you like it.
Often we see a recipe and it can be so daunting. Remember with baking there is a science behind most recipes but when it comes to cooking it’s different.
You taste and adjust ingredients as you go along. That’s how we learn and perfect our dishes according to our own taste.
Cooking the One Pot Lamb and Rice
What I love about one-pot dishes that contain rice is that you don’t need to pre-cook your rice. It’s all cooked together with your protein at once.
This way you don’t have to wash too many dishes and once everything is in the pot you can literally set your timer and walk away. How convenient is that?
For this One Pot Lamb and Rice I added some red pepper, sweetcorn and spinach. You can use other veggies if you wish.
I also used veggie stock for this dish but you are welcome to use any other stock. You also don’t have to use lamb mince, any mince will work.
Cooking time for these sort of dishes is also only about 30 minutes. Almost all of my one-pot dishes is not more than 30 minutes cooking time.
More One-Pot dishes to try:
One Pot Lamb and Rice
- 500 gram lamb mince
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 2 bay leaf
- 1 x 5cm cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste
- 2 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground fennel
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 1 cup water (only if required)
- 1/2 red pepper thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup sweetcorn
- 3 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup long grain rice
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Place the lamb mince in a large pan together with the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Allow the mince to brown on medium to high heat
- Add the onion and fry until translucent. Add the ginger/garlic paste and fry for a minute
- Mix in the cumin, fennel and chilli powder,red pepper and sweetcorn. Allow to fry for 5 minutes on a low heat
- Mix in the tomato paste and rice and cook for a minute. Add the vegetable stock. Season with pepper and salt, only if required
- Cover and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the liquid has reduced. In between cooking, if your rice is not fully cooked and the liquid dries up add the cup of water or as much as you require. In the last 2 minutes of cooking time add the spinach and allow it to wilt
- Garnish with some coriander or parsley and serve hot
- Some supermarkets do sell a lamb stock so you can use that instead of the vegetable stock
- You can add other veggies, such as carrots and peas to the dish
- My recipes are tried at high altitude so I usually have a longer cooking time and I may therefore need more liquid. If you living at sea level then you may need to reduce the amount of liquid and adjust the cooking time