Middle Eastern Shredded Lamb with Chickpea Pilaf (Rice) - easy and fast to prepare, with everyday ingredients. Amazing, exotic flavour.
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Chickpea Pilaf (Rice)

This rice pairs fabulously with the Middle Eastern Shredded Lamb. You could just serve it with plain rice, but adding these extra flavours really turns this into a spectacular centrepiece for a feast!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Rice
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 8 - 12
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Nagi | RecipeTin Eats


Chickpea Pilaf (Rice)

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice or basmati
  • 2 cans of chickpeas 800g/28oz, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala powder or curry powder or 1/2 tsp coriander + 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Black pepper


  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and sauté until the onion is translucent - around 3 minutes.
  • Add the rice and stir until the rice becomes translucent, coated with the oil.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Place the lid on and bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Remove from the stove, leaving the lid on, and set aside to reset for 10 minutes.
  • Fluff the rice up with a fork and serve with the Middle Eastern Shredded Lamb.


Chickpea Rice Pilaf Nutrition, assuming 12 servings


Serving: 149g | Calories: 352kcal