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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


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


  • 1 1/2 cups medium grain rice
  • Olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or lean ground lamb
  • 1 3/4 tsp  ground allspice, divided
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp ground cloves, divided
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup dark raisins


  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 tbsp 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 1/4 tsp allspice, minced garlic, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp 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 1/2 cups of water and 1 tbsp 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.


  • 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

Keywords: Hashweh, Hashweh Rice, Lebanese Rice Recipe, Rice Pilaf