Middle Eastern Spiced Chickpea Rice
This is the type of yummy food I am served when I visit my Middle Eastern relatives.
Spicy, succulent and very satisfying, instantly connecting me with the food of my childhood.
What makes this dish special is the use of the Baharat spices, adding a complexity and depth of flavour that makes this dish so tasty. Baharat can be hard to find unless your can get to a Middle Eastern grocer, otherwise it’s really simple to make your own:
Baharat Spice Mix
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
Mix together and store in a glass jar
- 1.5 teaspoons Baharat (Middle Eastern spice blend)
- 1.5 teaspoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups basmati rice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cups water
- 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 500g rump steak
- 1/2 cup slithered almonds pan fried in 1 tablespoon olive oil until golden
- Handful of fresh coriander leaves
- In a medium to large saucepan, on medium heat, add olive oil and rice. Pan fry until rice granules are heated through and start to whiten.
- Add salt, one teaspoon Baharat, curry powder and turmeric and stir to coat rice.
- Add water and bring to boil, then reduce temperature to a simmer and cover for approx 12 minutes or until rice has absorbed most of the liquid.
- Stir through the chickpeas and replace lid for a further 5 minutes or until rice has absorbed all the liquid and is cooked.
- While rice is cooking, rub the rump steak with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and remaining half teaspoon of Baharat and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
- Heat a frying pan until hot, then pan fry the steak until cooked medium - rare. I did 3 minutes one side and 2 minutes on the other.
- Once cooked, rest the steak for 5-10 minutes, then slice thinly.
- Mix steak and toasted almonds through the cooked rice, sprinkle with coriander and serve with a side salad or greens leaves, plus pickles or fermented vegetables.
- Eat and Enjoy!!!!
- Tips: Soak basmati rice for at least half an hour beforehand to make a fluffier rice.
- The rump teak will keep cooking once tossed through the rice, so don't over cook it on the pan.
- Cut the recipe in half for 4 servings.