Sick of the same old mince dishes? I was. So I went searching for a recipe and ended up adapting this one from Taste.com.
This is a tasty dish, easy to make and inexpensive. The yoghurt is optional but really gives the dish a lift; the tartness contrasts well with the earthiness of the spices and the burst of sweetness from the sultanas. Weevils nested in my almonds so I didn’t add those, but toasted almonds definitely balance the texture by giving the dish some crunch.
Basmati rice is recommended in the original recipe but I just use regular long grain rice. Also, I use lamb mince because we don’t eat beef anymore, but you can use regular beef mince also, which would make this dish even cheaper.
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
400g lamb mince
1 cup rice (basmati or long grain)
11/2 – 21/2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup sultanas
1 tsp Moroccan spice mix
400g pumpkin, cut into 1cm cube
handful or so of fresh or frozen beans
3 tomatoes, finely diced
plain yoghurt to serve
2 Tbsp toasted slivered almonds to serve
- Toast almonds in a dry pan (no oil) over medium heat until lightly golden. Set aside.
- In a large pan (one that has a lid), sauté onion in a little oil until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for a few more seconds. Add mince and brown well, breaking up lumps.
- Stir in rice then add the stock, spice mix and sultanas. Stir, cover and cook over medium heat until stock is absorbed and rice cooked through. Start with 1 1/2 cups of stock and add more if necessary. I used long grain rice and eventually added nearly 2 1/2 cups of stock before the rice was cooked. Add a little stock at a time, stir a little and cover until rice tender to your liking (12 – 25 minutes depending on rice and taste).
- Meanwhile steam, boil or microwave pumpkin and beans until just tender. Drain and set aside.
- When the rice is done, stir in the tomato, cooked pumpkin and beans and heat for a further 5 minutes.
- Serve topped with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkling of toasted almonds.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.