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Ingredients for Moti Pilau:

  • 500 g (1 lb) minced lamb or beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cummin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh coriander or mint
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon ghee


  • 1 1/2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 cardamom pods, bruised
  • 1 small stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon taaza masala optional
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1/2 cup green peas

Directions for making Moti Pilau:

  1. Put lamb or beef and onion into a large bowl.
  2. Roast cummin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring constantly until they darken, then crush.
  3. Mix cummin, garlic, ginger, salt, garam masala and herbs into the yoghurt, then combine with lamb and onions in bowl and mix well.
  4. With wet hands form into small balls, no larger than marbles.
  5. Heat ghee in a frying pan and brown the meatballs on all sides, shaking pan rather than stirring, and taking care not to break them. Set aside.
  6. For Pilau: Wash rice if necessary and drain for at least 30 minutes.
  7. In a large saucepan heat ghee and fry the onion, cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon stick until onions are golden.
  8. Stir in the green masala paste, then immediately add the rice and fry for 3 minutes, using a metal spoon.
  9. Add hot water, salt, sultanas and peas.
  10. Stir in meatballs.
  11. Bring to boil, cover tightly, then turn heat very low and cook for 20-25 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. Serve hot.
  12. Enjoy your Moti Pilau. Hope you love this Indian recipe.

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