Arabian Spicy Nut Rice

Arabian Spicy Nut Rice

Arabian Spicy Nut Rice 851 563 Rouba Shahin Middle Eastern Cooking

Arabian Spicy Nut Rice is a popular accompaniment to all kinds of roasts, barbecues, or any gatherings. Enjoyed by young and old; it is one of the easiest dishes to make. It looks so impressive that your guests will think you’ve spent hours making it.

I love that this dish is enjoyed by most children and there is no need to cook up a separate dish for them. It also makes for great school lunch the next day. It is my mother-in-law’s signature dish. She makes it so well that her guests seem to want more and more! If you prefer a vegetarian option, you must try my Chickpea and eggplant Rice,

Serve this Arabian Nut Rice with a super herb salad, natural yogurt, or simply enjoy it as is.


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • ⅓ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 onion (small) finely diced
  • 500 grams of lamb mince
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 ½  tablespoon Arabian spice or Allspice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon vegeta or Season with salt
  • 2 ½ cups boiling water or chicken stock


Cook’s Note

*Arabian spice is my blend known in the Middle East as Bharat -7 spice blend.  You can find it at Middle Eastern grocery stores and various supermarkets.  Otherwise substitute with 5 spice or allspice.
*Do not add salt to the rice or meat as vegeta is quite salty. If you don’t wish to use vegeta, substitute with salt.
What is vegeta?
*The pine nuts and almonds can be optional.  If you don’t have them don’t stress, the dish will still be delicious.


Step 1.
Wash rice under cold water. Set aside.

Add olive oil to a non-stick pot and fry pine nuts until golden brown. Remove nuts and drain on paper towels leaving oil in the pot.  Repeat the same process with almonds. Almonds can be drained together with the pine nuts.

fried pine nuts and slivered almonds

Step 2.
Using the same oil, saute the onion until translucent.  Add mince and sauté, breaking up the meat till it’s fine. Once the meat is brown and cooked but still moist, add rice and mix in the Arabian spice and vegeta or salt. Stir well.

adding spices to the rice and meat

Step 3.
Add boiling water, lower the heat to a simmer and cover the pot with a lid.  After 7 minutes stir the rice.  Again, after 7 minutes give the rice another stir (making sure you stir the rice from bottom to the top).  Cook for a further 5-7 minutes or until rice is cooked.   Garnish with the golden almonds and pine nuts. Pomegranates can add beautiful colour to this dish if they are in season.

pouring stock over rice

arabian spicy nut rice served

Serves 6-8

Why you will love this Rice:

Easy Recipe


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