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Beautiful Buddha bowl with a Middle-Eastern zing

Beautiful Buddha bowl with a Middle-Eastern zing

  • Serves: 4
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Prep time:
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    For the Buddha bowl
    1 1/2 cups Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice
    4 X 250 g lamb steaks
    1 tbsp Baharat spice (or Ras el Hanout)
    1 tbsp oil
    1 X 400 g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed & dried
    1/2 tsp coriander
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    4 eggs
    4 baby marrows

    For the dressing
    1 tsp harissa paste
    1 tsp honey
    1 tsp lemon juice
    1 tsp red wine vinegar
    3 tbsp olive oil
    salt & pepper (to taste)

    To garnish & serve
    10 g fresh dill, finely chopped
    10 g fresh parsley, finely chopped
    pomegranate kernels
    fresh lime wedges
    extra olive oil


    1. Cook the rice according the instructions on the packet
    2. Cover the lamb steaks with the Baharat spice and fry the lamb in hot pan with oil on both sides until cooked through but still pink in the middle. Rest for 5 minutes and slice into pieces.
    3. Heat the oil in a deep fat fryer to a temperature of 190 °C. Fry the chickpeas until crispy, then drain on a paper towel. Season with the coriander, cumin, cinnamon and salt.
    4. Soft boil the eggs for 5 minutes in boiling water. Remove the shells.
    5. Slice the baby marrow into ribbons using a vegetable peeler.
    6. To make the dressing: Place all the harissa paste, honey, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper in a jar. Shake to mix.
    7. To assemble the dish: Toss the rice in the dressing. In a large serving bowl, dish up the rice.
    8. Top with the sliced lamb, soft boiled egg, crispy chickpeas and baby marrow ribbons.
    9. Garnish with dill, parsley, pomegranate kernels and serve the hummus, topped with a dash of olive oil, in a bowl on the side.


    Baharat spice is a North African peppery spice. It typically includes black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, cumin, nutmeg, red and black pepper.

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