Sesame Lamb with Pine Nut Rice & Cucumber Yoghurt

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This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pitta with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pine nut rice on the side.

This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pitta with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pine nut rice on the side. 

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This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pitta with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pine nut rice on the side.

Do you guys watch My Kitchen Rules? Last year Will and I got so obsessed with the Australian version we watched every season back to back.

It’s the perfect balance of drama and good food to make it completely addicting. The new season has just started and it’s making my evenings about 50% better right now.

Also it definitely makes me want to move to Australia. It just looks so insanely beautiful and SUNNY. Winter is so grim, I’m just dying for some warmth.

This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pitta with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pine nut rice on the side.

So while there’s episode of My Kitchen Rules to watch we need delicious food fast so we can curl up in front of the TV. That includes this sesame lamb.

These little lamb patties are so full of flavour, with crispy outsides and a mustardy sesame taste. We served them with a warm, soft pitta bread, our favourite pine nut rice and a minty cucumber yoghurt.

This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pitta with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pine nut rice on the side.

We got the recipe for this pine nut rice from Will’s dad and it’s one of our favourite comfort foods. There’s something so delicious about frying an onion before adding the rice and water, it makes me wonder why I’d ever want to cook rice with just water again. It’s just so boring that way!

The addition of pine nuts is brilliant as well, giving the rice a nutty flavour which elevates it to a whole new level of deliciousness.

This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pitta with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pine nut rice on the side.

While the warming rice and lightly spiced lamb works great at this time of year you could definitely make this sesame lamb in the summer too. In fact, I reckon they’d be fab on a barbecue all crisped up and charred.

You could serve them with a light, healthy salad as part of a picnic or put them in some wraps for a delicious packed lunch.

This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pitta with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pine nut rice on the side.

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This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pita with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pin nut rice on the side.

Sesame Lamb with Pine Nut Rice & Cucumber Yoghurt

This sesame lamb recipe tastes delicious stuffed in a pita with some cucumber and mint yoghurt drizzled on top and some pin nut rice on the side. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 491kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 400 g Minced Lamb
  • 1 tbsp Mustard Seeds
  • 4 tbsp Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Spring Onions chopped
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 4 tbsp Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Mint chopped

For the Rice

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 50 g Pine Nuts
  • 1 cup/185g Long Grain Rice
  • 450 ml Water

To Serve

  • Pitta Bread

Instructions

  • Mix the lamb with the mustard seeds, sesame seeds, spring onion, garam masala and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Shape into 8 patties and set aside. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan and fry the patties for a couple of minutes on each side until golden ( you might need to do this in batches).

For the Rice

  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and fry until softened. Add the pine nuts and toast for a couple of minutes. Pour in the rice and the water and bring to the boil. Cover and leave to cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes until all of the water has been absorbed.

To Serve

  • Chop the cucumber into ribbons or chunks (whichever you prefer) and stir into the yoghurt along with the mint. Serve the patties with the rice, yoghurt and pitta bread. 
Nutrition Facts
Sesame Lamb with Pine Nut Rice & Cucumber Yoghurt
Amount Per Serving
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 63%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 75mg 3%
Potassium 458mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 3g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 5.3%
Calcium 14.5%
Iron 21.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    28/08/2017 at 11:13 AM


    I’ve never watched My Kitchen Rules but now I want to try to find it! haha. I’m also thinking that pine nut rice would be delicious with falafel, too!

  • Reply
    michele
    28/08/2017 at 12:03 PM


    Ive never heard of that cooking show, but Im definitely going to look it up… Ive never met a cooking show we haven’t enjoyed. This lamb also sounds delicious…. I love that its crispy on the outside! Pinned it!

  • Reply
    Sues
    28/08/2017 at 1:00 PM

    I LOVE lamb and this looks like a seriously delicious dinner that would also be perfect for taking to work as leftovers the next day! I’ve never heard of that show, but it sounds right up my alley!

  • Reply
    Brandi Crawford
    28/08/2017 at 1:09 PM


    I haven’t tried this. Looks delicious and like the perfect comfort meal!

  • Reply
    Julia
    28/08/2017 at 1:18 PM

    I will be checking out the show. I love cooking shows! This looks nice and the pine nut rice sound so interesting!

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