I went to Sofra today after a long hard day at work. Looking at all their mezzes for sale there made me want to find a delicious Turkish dish to make for dinner.
small handful pine nuts or flaked almonds
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, halved and sliced
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
500g lean lamb neck fillet, cubed- i used steak – the stew kind?
250g basmati rice- i used brown rice
1 lamb or vegetable stock cube- i used some vegetable stock and 2,5 bullion cubes
12 ready-to-eat dried apricots i used more. like 20?
handful fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
Dry-fry the pine nuts or almonds in a large pan until lightly toasted, then tip onto a plate. Add the oil to the pan, then fry the onion and cinnamon together until starting to turn golden. Turn up the heat, stir in the meat, fry until the meat changes colour, then tip in the rice and cook for 1 min, stirring all the time
Pour in 2c boiling water, crumble in the stock cube, add the apricots, then season to taste. I addded Cayenne, coriander, cumin, garlic powder, another cin stick, Turn the heat down, cover and simmer for 12 mins until the rice is tender and the stock has been absorbed. Toss in the pine nuts and mint and serve.