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lamb ouzi spiced rice with toasted nuts

Ouzi Spiced Rice With Lamb

  • Author: Samara
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Ouzi spiced rice with ground lamb is a one-pot recipe that's done in under an hour. Made with basmati rice, spices, lamb, and toasted nuts, this rice dish flavorful and filling.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb (about 500g) minced lamb
  • 2 cups dry basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen vegetables
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole dried lime
  • 4-5 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp seven-spices
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground white pepper
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Heat some olive oil in a large pot on the stove, then add the onions. Cook until translucent.
  2. Add the lamb and spices, stirring frequently until the lamb is fully browned and cooked through. 
  3. Mix in the frozen vegetables and rice, frying them for 2-3 minutes with the meat and onion mixture, then pour the hot water on top. 
  4. Let it boil for 5 minutes uncovered, and once the water has reduced slightly, lower the heat to low and cover the pot to let it steam for 15-20 minutes until all the water is absorbed and the rice is tender. 
  5. Fluff with a fork once it has cooled.
  6. Fry the nuts in a tablespoon of ghee in a small pan until golden, then pour on top of the rice when ready to serve. 


  • Fry the nuts directly before serving.
  • If rice is undercooked, add a splash of water and cover on medium heat to steam until it is tender. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Syrian


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 508 calories
  • Sugar: 1.5 g
  • Sodium: 82 mg
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Saturated Fat: Fat 5 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 13 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.3 g
  • Fiber: 2.8 g
  • Protein: 29.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 80 mg

Keywords: ouzi, ouzi lamb, ouzi rice, spiced rice, ouzi spiced rice, syrian rice recipes, rice and lamb

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