If you thought rice is a benign, boring side dish, this Hashweh Lebanese Rice will change your mind! Adorned with meat, toasted nuts and raisins. And loaded with flavors from aromatics and warm Middle Eastern Spices. Hashweh makes a glorious holiday side dish, but it can be the star dish any day of the week.

See serving suggestions, and be sure to view the video tutorial for how to make hashweh.

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What is Hashweh?

In our household, this Lebanese rice has been lovingly named, "dirty rice." It is more properly known throughout the Middle East as hashweh, which literally means stuffing or stuffed.

Hashweh is a one-pot rice dish, loaded with ground or minced beef (or lamb), lots of toasted nuts and dried fruit like raisins. It is anything but bland. Expect layers of flavor in each bite, thanks to aromatics and warm Middle Eastern spices like cinnamon and allspice.

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So as you can see, this loaded Lebanese rice is anything but an average “stuffing” to be tucked in or added as a side. Sure, it can be that. And it's a must holiday side dish for me (think Thanksgiving and Christmas.)

But it can easily be the main star on any given night, don't you agree?

How to Make Hashweh

(be sure to also watch the video tutorial below)

Hashweh is really simple to make. It takes only a few simple steps and a couple of pro tips:

1- A very important first step is to rinse and soak the rice in water for a few minutes. This helps get rid of excess starch so the rice is not sticky. It also allows the rice to cook more quickly and evenly (you end up using less water in cooking than you see in typical rice dishes.)

2- The cooking process for hashweh begin with browning the meat (you can use ground beef or lamb), along with aromatics and warm spices. We are layering flavors from the very start!

To begin cooking haswheh, brown the meat with aromatics and spices

3- Once the meat is fully cooked, we add our drained rice right on top (all in one pot). We also make sure to add a little more of the same spices to carry the flavors through. Water and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil are the last couple ingredients to add. Bring to a boil until the water reduces by a lot. Then cover and cook.

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4- Important tip, once the hashweh rice is fully cooked through, the best thing you can do to it is to leave it covered and undisturbed for a few minutes before uncovering it. This is important for texture and flavor.

Turn Hashweh Rice over on to a serving plate so that the meat mixture is on top. Add nuts and raisins

5- To serve the hashweh rice, simply turn it onto a plate (watch my video below to see how I do it), then add all the beautifully toasted nuts and raisins, maybe a little parsley for garnish. Glorious!

What to serve with Hashweh Lebanese Rice?

Sure, this gorgeous Lebanese rice makes a great side dish. And I do often serve it as a gluten-free stuffing alternative for Thanksgiving! But, I have no shame serving it as a main course with a couple of yummy sides.

I like to turn hashweh Lebanese rice into dinner bowls with a side salad like this chickpea salad or fattoush and a little creamy roasted garlic hummus! The kind of dinner bowl equal in awesomeness to these Greek Keftedes dinner bowls or this Lebanese Fatteh! 

And if you have leftover ground lamb, use it to make Greek Lamb Burgers the next night!

Watch the Video Below for How to Make Hashweh Lebanese Rice:

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Lebanese Rice (Hashweh) | The Mediterranean Dish. Easy, flavorful loaded Lebanese Rice with ground beef, toasted nuts, raisins and sweet, earthy spices. Makes the perfect side dish or dinner bowl. Think also gluten free stuffing! #rice #lebaneserice #middleeasternrice #lebaneserecipe #mediterraneanrecipe

Loaded Lebanese Rice: Hashweh


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This Lebanese rice pilaf called hashweh is not your ordinary rice. Loaded with lean ground beef, toasted nuts, raisins. Seasoned to perfection! See step-by-step photos below the recipe


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 ½ cups medium grain rice
  • Olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or lean ground lamb
  • 1 ¾ tsp  ground allspice, divided
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • ¾ tsp ground cloves, divided
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • to ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • to ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • ½ cup dark raisins

Instructions

  1. Soak the rice in cold water for 15 minutes or until you are easily able to break one grain of rice between your thumb and index fingers. When ready, drain well.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy cooking pot. Add chopped red onions, cook on medium-high heat briefly, then add the ground beef.  Season the meat mixture with 1 ¼ teaspoon allspice, minced garlic, ½ teaspoon ground cloves, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, salt and pepper. Toss together to combine. Cook until the meat is fully browned (8-10 minutes). Drain.
  3. Top the meat with rice. Season the rice with a little salt and the remainder of the allspice, ground cloves and cinnamon. Add 2 ½ cups of water and 1 tablespoon of olive oil to cover the rice.
  4. Turn heat to high and bring the liquid to a rolling boil. Let boil until the liquid has significantly reduced (see picture below).
  5. Now turn heat to low and cover; let cook for 20 minutes or until moisture has completely been absorbed and the rice is no longer hard nor sticky. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.
  6. Uncover the rice pot and place a large round serving platter on the opening of the rice pot. Carefully flip the pot contents onto the platter so that the meat layer now tops the rice.
  7. Garnish with parsley, toasted pine nuts, almonds and raisins. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Pro Tips: Be sure to watch the video tutorial above this recipe. A couple of important of tips to remember: 1) before you do anything, make sure to rinse the rice well and let it soak for a few minutes.This will ensure the rice is not sticky and that it will cook quickly and evenly. 2) When the hashweh is ready, leave it covered and undisturbed for a few minutes before serving. Again, this ensures texture but also flavor.
  • Recommended for this Recipe All-natural ground allspice and Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroeniki olives)
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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Side dish/entree
  • Cuisine: Lebanese

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*This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for readers benefit.

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Lebanese Rice (Hashweh) | The Mediterranean Dish. Easy, flavorful loaded Lebanese Rice with ground beef, toasted nuts, raisins and sweet, earthy spices. Makes the perfect side dish or dinner bowl. Think also gluten free stuffing! #rice #lebaneserice #middleeasternrice #lebaneserecipe #mediterraneanrecipe

Lebanese Rice (Hashweh) | The Mediterranean Dish. Easy, flavorful loaded Lebanese Rice with ground beef, toasted nuts, raisins and sweet, earthy spices. Makes the perfect side dish or dinner bowl. Think also gluten free stuffing! #rice #lebaneserice #middleeasternrice #lebaneserecipe #mediterraneanrecipe #lebaneserecipe

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  1. Angila says:

    YUMMMMM!!! Made this yesterday for dinner, and had more again this morning for breakfast!! Will make this again, and again, and again!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      So glad to hear it!

  2. Shereen says:

    This is really good. I made it with ground lamb and substituted fresh mint instead of the parsley for more flavor. Thanks for the recipe!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Shereen, thanks so much for giving it a try!

  3. Natalie says:

    Where's the video gone?!? 🙁 🙁

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      The video appears just above the recipe itself, Natalie. For some browser, if you've disabled ads, for some reason it also disables the videos.

      1. Jen says:

        Can I use a baharat spice mix instead, or would that be too different?

      2. Suzy says:

        Baharat will likely work fine, Jen. Enjoy!

  4. Helena Ozbalik says:

    Love this so much! My husband is Armenian and I’m Greek, it reminded us both of dishes our mothers made.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome, Helena! Thank you.

  5. Kristen Morgan says:

    We love this recipe so much! We've made it so many times. We were craving this the other day, but we'd run out of rice. Instead, I grabbed some leftover pie crust from the fridge and made an impromptu pot pie, garnished with parsley and slivered almonds! In case anyone's wondering, it makes a fantastic savory pie. Our stomachs thank you!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Oh wow! that is so clever! Thanks for sharing, Kristen. Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Olivia says:

    what kind of medium grain rice did you use? i dont know any except arborio which is usually made for risotto?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      long grain rice also works here, if that's easier!

  7. George Welch says:

    I also can't see the video. Tried an ipad and also a Mac.

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Hi George, please be sure to try the google chrome browser or a different browser than safari or be sure to "unblock" videos and ads via your browser as that is what is preventing you from seeing the video.

  8. Margaret Grainger says:

    Thanks for a delicious recipe Suzy! A couple of changes I made were to use beef stock instead of water for added flavour and I served it with a tahini sauce drizzled on top (2 tablespoons of both tahini & lemon juice, 1/4 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped, all combined by hand stirring in a bowl). I also used currants instead of raisins. Really yummy, and enjoyed reheated next day too. Thanks again Suzy. Your website is great! Margaret from Sydney

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thanks so much for sharing, Margaret!

  9. Dori says:

    Would I be able to use brown rice for this dish using the same cooking instructions? Thanks!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Hi Dori, brown rice cooks differently...it requires more water and longer time to cook. I'd follow the rice package instructions for cooking the rice, but you can certainly adapt the recipe and use the rest of the ingredients.

  10. Mary says:

    Hi Suzy,

    I made this dish for Christmas Day dinner (for 10). What an amazing rice dish ... so full of flavour and warmth ... everyone enjoyed it. Thank you so much.






  11. Geraldine says:

    Love this dish. I turned this dish into vegan. i used soya mince loved it.
    Thanks for the amazing video tutorial.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Geraldine, thank you so much for sharing your vegan variation! Glad you enjoyed it

  12. Geraldine says:

    Looking for the video, please post

  13. Stephanie says:

    Where is the video?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      if you scroll down toward the bottom, the video appears just before the recipe where it says "watch the video for how to..." If you don't see it on mobile, try your desktop. it may be blocked by your own browser, however.

  14. Alene says:

    I thought this was delicious and relatively easy. Mine came out dry though and stuck to the pan. Perhaps I overcooked it? Knowing how powerful my burners are, I cut 5 minutes off the 20 minutes. And it still stuck. I had my heat down really low too. It was still good, but my shape on the plate wasn't quite as good as yours! Oh, and I used ground lamb as that was all I had. I thought the lamb really added to the flavor of the dish and I will do that when I make it again. And I will!! Thank you!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thanks for sharing, Alene! Sounds like your burners are quite powerful, so yes, something to watch for as cooking time may vary. I love that you used ground lamb, I do too sometimes. It's great!

  15. dawn says:

    can you use basmati rice?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Basmati rice cooks differently. If possible, find long grain rice.

  16. marti says:

    there is the promise of a video
    'below' the recipe
    'above' the recipe
    i've been all around the recipe
    now i could be losing it
    but i think you've lost the video
    if found, might you please send the link?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      The video appears right above the recipe. This may be an issue with your browser, particularly if you are viewing this on your phone where somehow videos may be disabled.