ORIENTAL RICE .. the BEST rice you ever ate!

NO kidding this time (like with the stuffed camel or the Turducken or the unutterble bustergophechiduckneaealcockidgeoverwingailusharkolanbler) .. this is the BEST rice I have EVER eaten – anywhere! It is the Palestinian “Ruz hashweh” or “Oriental Rice”! Alone it’s aroma lets your taste-buds go haywire, makes your stomach-juices flow freely and regardless if you’re hungry or not – it makes you WANT to eat (a nightmare for dieters)!
When I prepared this rice the first time some years ago, I did it out of curiosity – I always like to try out new recipes … and was flabbergasted! The delicious smell of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg creeps in every corner of your home (NOT only of the kitchen!) and warmly invites for a most delicious dish!


~800 gr (1lb 4 oz) lean ground beef
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 onion
3 cups round rice (Basmati is GREAT, you can use ANY rice though)
4 1/2 cups hot chicken broth or hot water
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp (freshly grated) nutmeg

50gr (2 oz) butter

To top it off:

1 oz butter
3 oz pine nuts
3 oz slivered almonds

The preparation is not complicated at all:

You heat the oil, add the WHOLE peeled onion (which will be discarded fefore serving), the ground beef > cook it till it is crumbly and done. During this procedure you add the spices: salt, pepper, Allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The amount is plus/minus correct, it usually needs only minor adjustments at the end) Stir well!

Once the ground beef is done, you measure the rice and add it – mix well with the meat-mixture! Add the broth or water (I always use water), stir well – and close the lid. Once it starts cooking – turn the heat down to LOW, close the lid … and let it cook. It takes about 20-30 minutes till the rice is done (try not to open the lid too often).

At the end discard the onion, put butterflakes on top … and let it sit some 5-10 minutes.

SEPERATELY – melt the 10-oz piece of butter in a small pan and roast the pine nuts and/or almond-slivers (the more the better!) till they are nicely brown! BE CAREFUL – if you’re not alert and stir frequently, you’re in for a bad surprise as they burn in a jiffy!

Transport the ready rice-mixture on a large platter – sprinkle the nuts/almonds generously on the dish.

It goes wonderfully with (grilled) chicken or ANY other kind of meat. I personallly leave it just the way it is … together with a mixed or green salad and a bowl of yoghurt (NO must – I just like it!) I am a HAPPY CAMPER!!



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