Quick Persian Rice and Beef

Quick Persian Rice and Spiced Beef for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper

In International Food by Amanda Mouttaki35 Comments

Middle Eastern SundaySupperI have loved participating in #SundaySupper over the last year and have made so many awesome new blogging friends. Now, it’s finally my time to host this event.  What better topic for me than the theme of Middle Eastern food?  If you’ve followed my journey, you’ll know that before I met my husband I could barely cook American food let alone anything else.  Over time and exposure I have become adept at adapting traditional Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes for an American kitchen. There are so many delicious Middle Eastern foods but I feel a lot of people are overwhelmed by the use of spices and different cooking techniques.

One of the biggest reasons I love serving my guests Middle Eastern meals is because I believe food is the best form of diplomacy.  #SundaySupper is about bringing families to the dinner table.  I take it one step further and invite friends and neighbors to our Middle Eastern table. This invariably opens up conversations that many people would feel too uncomfortable to ask in public. Food is so powerful!  Today, I made a quick Persian style rice and spiced beef.  It’s a great weeknight dish when you don’t have a lot of time.

Quick Persian Rice and Beef

Quick Persian Rice and Spiced Beef for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper


    For the Rice
  • 1 medium potato
  • 2 cups dry instant white or brown rice
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
  • For the Beef
  • 1 lb beef cut into bite size pieces (I use an arm roast)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper (optional, can reduce to lower heat)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • extra virgin olive oil


    To Make the Beef
  • Slice beef into bite size cubes and place in a bowl or Ziploc bag.
  • Mix spices into the beef; turmeric, red pepper, salt, garlic, cumin, and ginger.
  • Drizzle in just enough olive oil to coat the meat and make a paste with the spices.
  • Place into the refrigerator and marinade at least 30 minutes but up to overnight.
  • To Make the Rice
  • In the bottom of a large pan, add just enough oil to coat the bottom.
  • Peel a potato and slice as thinly as possible.
  • Arrange the potato pieces in the bottom of the pan and cook until the bottom is crispy, then flip over to the other side of the potato.
  • Season the potatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add 2 cups of dry rice and the amount of water the box specifies.
  • When rice is removed from the heat, place a tea towel between the lid and the top of the pot, place the lid back on and allow the water to absorb into the rice. The tea towel helps pull out the condensation making the rice more dry and fluffy.
  • Cooking the Beef
  • I love the spiced beef on the grill. To prepare thread skewers with meat and cook to the done-ness you like.
  • If it's too cold to grill or you don't have one,the meat can be cooked in a pan under the oven broiler or in a pan on the stovetop.
  • Take care not to overcook the meat because it will become too tough.
  • To Serve
  • Place a large platter, serving side down on top of the rice pan.
  • Invert the pan so that the crunchy potato bottom is on top.
  • Add the spiced beef to the top and serve with a green salad or other vegetable.

Persian Beef and Rice

What’s everyone else making? There are some seriously delicious foods on the lineup this week.

Mezze {Appetizers}

Salata {Salads and Sides}


Halwa {Desserts}

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Amanda MouttakiQuick Persian Rice and Spiced Beef for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper


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  6. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    I love Persian Rice, and love your version with the crispy potatoes!! I’ve never tried the trick with the tea towel when the rice comes off the heat. I’m trying that next time I make rice, and am thinking that would work for other grains I cook too! And thank you so much for doing such a fantastic job hosting us this week. I just loved the theme!

  7. Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom)

    Whoa…double carb goodness! And I love quick main dishes.

    I think I know the answer to this, but do your kids love this dish? I’m thinking of experimenting with a new dish for the kids and using chicken instead of beef….

    1. Author
      Amanda Mouttaki

      My kids do love this! They prefer chicken and the spice combo works just as great with chicken too. I’m sure your kids will love it!

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  9. Courtney @ Neighborfood

    You did a great job hosting! Thanks for exposing us to so many wonderful foods. I couldn’t agree with you more about food–it is such a great way of gathering people for conversation. We just understand each other so much more when we’re at the table together. Kudos to you!

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  13. The Ninja Baker

    <3 You are sooo right, Amanda. Food is a universal language. The dinner table is a fantastic forum for diplomacy. And speaking of fantastic so is your rice dish…Very interesting how potato serves in the rice making process =) Thank you for hosting this great Sunday Supper!

  14. Renee

    Oh those crispy potatoes with the rice…that is something I know my husband would love. And the spiced beef, I can almost smell it cooking on the grill right now. Mmmm….
    Thanks for hosting this Sunday Supper event. You have done a fantastic job.

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  16. Stacy

    I love the spices you’ve marinated the meat with, Amanda. This sounds like a quick and tasty dish if you prepare the meat ahead and chuck it in the fridge or freezer. I tend to marinate beef in just this way, throwing the Ziploc bag in the freezer when I get it home from the market. That way it marinates as it freezes and then again as it thaws on the day I want to cook it. Thanks for hosting this great theme!

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  18. Susan

    Thank you for being such an amazing host this week. I love all the items listed and I need to make your Persian Rice and Spiced Beef soon!

    1. Author
      Amanda Mouttaki

      Yes absolutely – it will just take longer to cook and you will need more water.

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  23. Liz

    Thanks for hosting us, Amanda!! Your rice and beef sounds incredible! My whole family would love it!!!

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