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Hashwi is Lenten Middle Eastern rice made with ground lamb or beef, pine nuts, and spices. This versatile and delicious savory dish can be eaten as a side, main course, or as a stuffing for vegetables.


  • 1 lb. lean ground beef sirloin OR ground lamb
  • ¼ c. pine nuts
  • Small onion, chopped
  • ¾ stick butter (6 Tbsp.)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1½ c. long grain rice
  • 2½ c. chicken broth


  1. In a deep saute pan, lightly brown the ground lamb or beef. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add onion and pine nuts to meat and saute.
  3. Stir in butter, salt, pepper, cinnamon, and uncooked long grain rice.
  4. Add chicken broth, stir, cover, and simmer 25-30 minutes, testing rice for doneness.
  5. Serve as a meal (can add shredded, marinated chicken), as a side dish, or as a stuffing (works well for vegetables such as bell peppers, eggplant, artichoke). Serving suggestion: serve hot with Lebanese pita bread, hummus, and cheese or dolmas.

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