Appetizing Lamb, pomegranate & pistachio pilaf Recipe

This Middle Eastern delight is a great one-pot recipe for an exotic dinner.
Lamb, pomegranate & pistachio pilaf
Prep Time : 0:30 | Cook Time : 1:10 | Total Time : 1:40 | Serving : 8 person.


  • 200g Coles Brand Greek style yoghurt, plus extra to serve

  • 2 tablespoons mild curry paste

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1kg diced lamb

  • 1 pomegranate, seeds removed

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 onions halved, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 bunch English spinach, stalks trimmed, chopped, blanched

  • 1 cardamom pod, squashed


  • 1 tablespoon Coles Brand olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 star anise

  • 2 cups basmati rice

  • 2 cups chicken stock

  • 1/3 cup Coles Brand roasted & salted pistachios, chopped


  • Step 1

    Place 200g yoghurt, curry paste and garlic in a large glass bowl. Mix to combine. Add lamb cubes and stir to coat with yoghurt mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hr, to marinate.

  • Step 2

    Blitz pomegranate seeds in a blender or food processor. Strain through a sieve over a bowl, discarding the pulp and reserving the juice.

  • Step 3

    Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion for 10 mins, until very soft and caramelised. Add cumin and cook for 30 secs, until fragrant. Using a slotted spoon, remove onion from pan. Increase heat to high. Add lamb mixture and cook, stirring, for 2-3 mins, until browned. Add pomegranate juice and enough water to cover lamb. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 40 mins, until lamb is tender.

  • Step 4

    Meanwhile, make pilaf. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan on medium heat. Cook onion for 5 mins, until softened. Add garlic, cardamom and star anise. Cook for 30 secs, until fragrant. Add rice and stir to coat. Add hot stock. Bringto boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 mins, until all the liquid has absorbed. Stir through pistachios and pomegranate arils.

  • Step 5

    Preheat oven to 200C or 180C fan-forced. Transfer lamb mixture to an 8-cup capacity ovenproof dish. Top with the caramelised onion, spinach then the pilaf. Bake for 15 mins, until rice forms a golden crust on top. Serve with extra yoghurt.

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