Iraqi Carrot Rice with Minced Meat

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Authorbaidoone
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This rice recipe is very common in Iraq, and is also known throughout the Arab world. it can be enjoyed on its own, with a fresh salad or a pot of plain yoghurt. You can convert to a vegetarian dish by substituting the minced meat with frozen quorn or omitting the minced meat.

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time55 mins

 2 cups basmati rice ( rinsed and drained)
 1 lbs. minced meat
 2 lbs. chopped carrots
 1 large chopped onion
 1 tbsp mixed spices or garam masala and ½ tsp cinnamon
 Salt (to taste)
 black pepper (to taste)

1

Rinse the rice for 30 minutes, wash it in cold water and drain.

2

Chop the onions and carrots into small cubes. Cook the minced meat with the spices, until slightly brown. Add the chopped onion, season with salt and black pepper; continue cooking for 5-10 minutes.

3

Add the chopped carrots and cinnamon; cook for about 10 minutes to soften the carrots slightly, add a little water.

4

Meanwhile, cook the rice until ready, add the carrots mixture; put the lid on and turn off the heat.

5

To create a vegetarian version, substitute the minced meat with frozen quorn. Quorn does not need frying, just add it to the frying onion, add spices and about a cup of water and allow to simmer until the quorn has puffed up and feels softer.

6

Add the chopped carrots. Turn the heat off and add the mixture to the rice and simmer together until ready. Quorn absorbs the flavors of spices very well and the result is a light, extremely flavored dish.

7

You may also omit the meat or its replacement altogether, just cook the rice with the spiced carrots and onion.

8

Another alternative is to use chicken stock or vegetable stock cubes to flavour the rice when cooked without the meat.

9

Serve Hot. Enjoy 🙂

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Ingredients

 2 cups basmati rice ( rinsed and drained)
 1 lbs. minced meat
 2 lbs. chopped carrots
 1 large chopped onion
 1 tbsp mixed spices or garam masala and ½ tsp cinnamon
 Salt (to taste)
 black pepper (to taste)

Directions

1

Rinse the rice for 30 minutes, wash it in cold water and drain.

2

Chop the onions and carrots into small cubes. Cook the minced meat with the spices, until slightly brown. Add the chopped onion, season with salt and black pepper; continue cooking for 5-10 minutes.

3

Add the chopped carrots and cinnamon; cook for about 10 minutes to soften the carrots slightly, add a little water.

4

Meanwhile, cook the rice until ready, add the carrots mixture; put the lid on and turn off the heat.

5

To create a vegetarian version, substitute the minced meat with frozen quorn. Quorn does not need frying, just add it to the frying onion, add spices and about a cup of water and allow to simmer until the quorn has puffed up and feels softer.

6

Add the chopped carrots. Turn the heat off and add the mixture to the rice and simmer together until ready. Quorn absorbs the flavors of spices very well and the result is a light, extremely flavored dish.

7

You may also omit the meat or its replacement altogether, just cook the rice with the spiced carrots and onion.

8

Another alternative is to use chicken stock or vegetable stock cubes to flavour the rice when cooked without the meat.

9

Serve Hot. Enjoy 🙂

Iraqi Carrot Rice with Minced Meat

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