Spiced Lamb-and-Rice Dressing with Chickpeas

Serving Size: 10
Total Time:


  • 1.5 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup turkey stock, or low-sodium chicken broth
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 Can 15 ounce chickpeas, drained
  • 1.5 cup jasmine rice
  • 0.25 tsp ground allspice
  • 0.25 tsp ground cardamom
  • 0.25 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Pound ground lamb
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 0.5 cup pine nut


In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add the lamb, garlic, cinnamon, cardamom and allspice and cook, stirring, until the lamb is no longer pink and the liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add the rice and chickpeas along with 2 teaspoons of salt and a pinch of pepper and cook, stirring, until evenly coated. Add the stock and water and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes.


Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small skillet. Add the pine nuts and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pine nuts to a plate and season with salt.

Fluff the rice and transfer it to a bowl. Sprinkle the toasted pine nuts over the dressing and serve.