500 Gr. ground beef or ground lamb
1 Cup cooked green lentils
3 Tablespoons Butter
2 Large onions sliced thinly
1 Large carrot finely grated
1 Teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon ground Coriander
1/2 Teaspoon ground Chilli
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Cups Basmati Rice
3 1/4 Cups Water
Firstly, cook the lentils in a medium size pot. Using a cup of lentils, pour three cups of water. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes, until the lentils are cooked, yet firm to the tooth. No need to cook them throroughly, as they will cook a little more with the rice. Drain and set aside.
You can also use canned lentils or canned chick peas as well.
In a medium-size pan with a lid, melt the butter and saute the onions until translucent. You can also cook them in vegetable oil until they are brown and crispy.
Add the meat and cook through and break into small pieces. Add the cinnamon, cumin, coriander, chilli, salt and pepper and mix well. Cook for a minute so the spices render their oil/flavour.
Add the basmati rice and water and mix well. Bring to a soft boil and place the lid on. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the rice for 15 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the rice rest for about 10 minutes.
Using a fork, detach the rice delicately and pour over a serving dish.