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Simple Lebanese Meat and Rice

Lebanese Meat and Rice

This fluffy rice with minced ground beef is perfectly seasoned with seven spices to pair with proteins like beef shanks, baked chicken, and fish to complete you dinner spread!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Middleeastern
Servings 5


medium pot


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups basmati rice long grain
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • ½ tablespoon seven spices
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 bouillon cube
  • salt to taste


  • Wash 2 cups of rice in warm water until water runs clear, then soak in warm water for about 5-15 minutes
  • In a medium pot add 5 tablespoons of olive or canola oil, a tablespoon of butter (optional) on high heat. Add in the ground beef, sprinkle some salt and a pinch of seven spices to enhance the flavor of meat. Using a spatula break the ground beef into small chunks and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain the rice and add in to the pot. Add the bouillon cube, ½ tablespoon seven spices, salt and 4 cups of water. Taste the water and add more salt if needed.
  • Allow the water to come to a rolling boil for a 'full' minute or so. Lower the heat to simmer and cover the pot for about 15 minutes. Water should have evaporated at this point and rice is all done!
  • Turn off the heat. Allow the rice to sit for 10 minutes covered before you fluff with a fork. Stir around using a fork to avoid rice from clumping together.
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