Indian rice pilaf with spiced beef

This Indian-inspired soft rice with spicy beef makes for an aromatic, flavour-packed side or main dish for those left craving more.

  • 10 mins preparation
  • 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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Indian rice pilaf with spiced beef
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or peanut oil
  • 1 small (80g) onion, sliced finely
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cup (200g) basmati rice
  • 2 cup (500ml) chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoon currants
  • 500 gram beef mince
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) sweet chilli sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) water
  • 4 green onions (green shallots), sliced thinly
  • 2/3 cup (80g) frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed coriander leaves


Indian rice pilaf with spiced beef
  • 1
    Heat 1 tablespoon of the ghee or oil in a large frying pan; add onion, garlic, seeds and turmeric; cook, stirring, until the onion is soft.
  • 2
    Add rice, stir over heat until rice is coated with ghee. Stir in stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to very low; cook, covered, for 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; stand, covered, for 5 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in currants.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, heat remaining ghee or oil in a large frying pan; add the beef; cook, stirring, until browned.
  • 4
    Add the curry powder; cook until fragrant. Stir in the sweet chilli sauce, water, green onions and peas; cook, stirring, until peas are soft and heated through.
  • 5
    Serve pilaf topped with the spiced mince and coriander.


Not suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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