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Lamb (or Beef) Pilaf

Treat your taste buds to the warming spices of this classic Middle-Eastern specialty (contributed by Calum A).

Simultaneously simple and complex, this pilaf packs a world of flavor in every bite.

Ingredients (for meat):

  • 1 pound cubed lamb or beef

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • 1 garlic clove chopped

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 3 3/4 cups water

  • salt and black pepper

Ingredients (for rice):

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 onion chopped

  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped

  • 1 carrot, chopped

  • 1 banana pepper, sliced (with seeds for “heat” if desired)

  • 1 red pepper, chopped

  • 1/2 head cabbage, thinly sliced

  • 1 green chili, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 3 teaspoon cardamom

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 1/2 cups basmati rice

  • 1/2 cup unsalted almond slices

Directions (for meat):

  1. Place meat in bowl and mix with herbs for 2 to 3 hours.

  2. Heat oil and cook meat until tender and browned.

  3. Add water and keep on stove top on low to simmer until cooked.

Directions (for rice):

  1. Fry onion, potato, and carrot for 5 minutes in oil.

  2. Add peppers, cabbage, chili, spices, garlic, and the stock from the meat cooking.

  3. Stir well and simmer 10 minutes.

  4. Stir in rice and meat; cover and cook 20 minutes or until the rice is done.

  5. Sprinkle with almonds and more salt and pepper if desired.


We hope you enjoy! Please "like" this recipe below and let us know how yours turned out. Share photos and videos of your culinary creations with the thyroid cancer community by including the hashtag #TruthAboutTC on your social media posts!

Talk to your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes and if these recipes are healthy choices for you.

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