Wakandan Jeweled Vegetable Pilau With Berbere Braised Lamb Recipe

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Wakandan Jeweled Vegetable Pilau With Berbere Braised Lamb Recipe

How To Make Vegetable Pilau With Berbere Braised Lamb

This vegetable pilau filled with exquisite flavor from spices and veggies is paired with a rich and delicious berbere braised lamb you’d surely love!

Cooking: 2 hours 5 minutes
Total: 2 hours 5 minutes



For Berbere Braised Lamb:

  • 2tbspvegetable oil
  • 2lblamb shoulder,boneless, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper,to taste
  • 2medium red onions,finely minced
  • ¼cupghee,clarified butter
  • 4clovesgarlic,sliced
  • 1tbspginger,minced
  • 1tbsppaprika
  • 1tspcayenne
  • ½tspfenugreek,ground
  • ¼tspnutmeg,ground
  • ½tspcardamom,ground
  • ¼tspcloves,ground
  • ¼tspcinnamon,ground
  • ¼tspallspice
  • 2tbsptomato paste
  • 2cupsbeef broth

For Vegetable Pilau:

  • ¼cupghee,clarified butter
  • 2medium red onions,sliced
  • ½green cabbage,core removed, shredded
  • 2cupscarrot,shredded
  • 4clovesgarlic,minced
  • 1tbspginger,grated
  • salt and black pepper,to taste
  • 1tbspcumin,ground
  • 1tbspcurry powder
  • 1tspcardamom,ground
  • 2cupsbasmati rice
  • 3cupswater
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1stickcinnamon
  • 1star anise
  • 2scallions,sliced
  • ½cupcashews
  • ¼cuppomegranate seeds


Berbere Braised Lamb:

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat until oil is lightly shimmering.

  2. Add the lamb to the pot, season with salt and pepper, and brown on all sides for about 10 minutes.

  3. Remove the lamb from the pot.

  4. To the same pot, add the red onions and cook for about 15-20 minutes until brown.

  5. Stir in the ghee, garlic, ginger, paprika, cayenne, fenugreek, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, allspice, and tomato paste.

  6. Pour in the beef stock, stirring well to incorporate. Bring the sauce to a boil and return the lamb to the pot.

  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low, so the sauce is at a gentle simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally until the lamb is tender.

Vegetable Pilau:

  1. Use a separate large, shallow pot, melt the ghee over medium heat.

  2. Add the sliced red onions and cook for about 20 minutes until soft and slightly caramelized.

  3. Add the cabbage, carrots, garlic, and ginger, and sauté until the vegetables have softened and cooked down.

  4. Season with salt, pepper, ground cumin, curry powder, and cardamom.

  5. Stir in the rice and add the water. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and star anise.

  6. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until water is absorbed and the rice is slightly fluffy.

  7. Discard the bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and star anise. Stir the rice well before transferring to a large serving platter.

  8. Create a small well in the middle of the rice, and spoon the lamb over the top.

  9. Serve garnished with scallions, cashews, and pomegranate seeds.

  10. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 982.37kcal
  • Fat: 60.87g
  • Saturated Fat: 26.19g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 24.86g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.37g
  • Carbohydrates: 74.44g
  • Fiber: 7.05g
  • Sugar: 8.34g
  • Protein: 36.27g
  • Cholesterol: 152.60mg
  • Sodium: 1378.25mg
  • Calcium: 147.29mg
  • Potassium: 1120.10mg
  • Iron: 8.42mg
  • Vitamin A: 525.93µg
  • Vitamin C: 13.15mg
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