Fakhid Maa Riz

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • 4 hours
  • 4 servings

Are your family members fans of Middle Eastern cuisine? Well, here is something that can definitely feed a hungry crowd. Fakhid Maa Riz is a dish that consists of a roasted lamb (spiced up with all that special seasoning) on top of a bed of rice. The lamb takes about 3 hours to cook but, trust us when we say, it’s totally worth it!

Ingredients Needed for Fakhid Maa Riz

3 pounds of lamb shoulder
salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cinnamon sticks
3 bay leaves
3 cardamom seeds
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon seven spice
1 teaspoon paprika
pepper
3 cups of water
⅓ cup honey

For the rice:

2 teaspoons of butter
1 cup rice
2 ounces of almonds, sliced
water
salt
pepper
pine nuts, optional

How to Cook Fakhid Maa Riz

  1. Preheat the oven to 330 degrees F/165 degrees C.
  2. Add the lamb shoulder in your baking dish.
  3. Season it with salt, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cardamom seeds, nutmeg, seven spices, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour water, covering a bit over half of the lamb. Add the honey over the meat.
  5. Slide the dish into the oven and roast the lamb for the next 3 hours.
  6. For the rice, heat a skillet over medium heat, add the butter in it and melt it.
  7. Add the rice and stir to coat it with melted butter. Also, add the almonds. Stir again and pour about 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) of water. Give it a good stir and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce the heat and cook until the rice absorbs the water. Season with salt and pepper and give it a good stir.
  9. Serve the lamb on top of the rice side. You can sprinkle some pine nuts on top.

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