Za’atar Lamb with Jewelled Rice

Za’atar spice is a great Middle Eastern spice, but you may choose to leave it out for fussy foodies. Also leave some yoghurt plain for the little foodies.

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Za’atar Lamb with Jewelled Rice

This dish will appear in My Express Food Bag on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Jewelled Rice

  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ⅓ pottle onion and garlic paste *
  • 1 pack pre-diced carrots
  • 1 Tbsp za’atar spice mix (optional)
  • 1 pack Japanese brown rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stock/ boiling water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 sachet golden raisins
  • ½ bag baby spinach *
  • 1-2 radishes (optional)
  • 1 sachet sliced almonds
  • Juice of ½ lemon

Za’atar Lamb

  • 1 pack lamb leg steaks (at room temperature)
  • 1 Tbsp za’atar spice mix

To Serve

  • 1 pottle yoghurt
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 1 Heat butter and a drizzle of oil in a medium pot on medium heat and cook onion and garlic paste and carrots for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add first measure of za’atar spice mix (if using) and cook a further 30 seconds, until fragrant. Stir in rice, stock/ water, and salt and bring to the boil.
  • 2 As soon as rice boils, cover with a lid and reduce to lowest heat, cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, quickly add golden raisins and leave to steam, covered for 8 minutes. Do not lift lid again during cooking.
  • 3 While rice cooks, pat lamb dry and evenly coat with second measure of za’atar spice mix. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large fry-pan on medium-high heat. Cook lamb for 2-3 minutes each side for medium (depending on thickness), or until cooked through.
  • 4 Set lamb aside, covered, to rest for 2-3 mins, before slicing thinly against the grain.
  • 5 While lamb rests, roughly chop spinach and grate radishes (if using). Add to pot with cooked rice, along with almonds and lemon juice. Season to taste.
  • 6 To serve, divide jewelled rice and za’atar lamb between plates. Dollop with yoghurt and sprinkle over lemon zest.
  • SERVES 4

Nutritional Information

  • Energy: 2761 kj / 660 kcal
  • Protein: 35.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 68.0g
  • Fat: 27.2g

Legend

  • Pantry staple
  • * Shared ingredient with another recipe

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