Nadi (meat with nuts) (download printable PDF)

(This recipe for meat with walnuts is from Saudi Arabia and is best served on a bed of plain rice. You can substitute pecans or almonds for the walnuts. )


1 lb. ground lamb or beef
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
3 Tbs. butter
1 orange or1/2 cup orange juice
1 orange
3 Tbs. fresh coriander or cilantro
3/4 tsp. ground allspice
Black pepper
2 cups rice
4 cups water


knife and cutting board
measuring cup
measuring spoons
frying pan
serving plate

This dish is seasoned to taste. Finely chop the coriander or cilantro leaves and the walnuts. Juice the orange and chop the zest of the orange. The dish can be prepared up to this point in advance. Bring the water to a boil in the cookpot on the stove over medium high heat, then add the rice. Cover the cookpot with the lid, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Melt the butter in the frying pan on the stove over medium heat. Add the meat and coriander or cilantro leaves, and sauté for 10 minutes. Add the orange juice and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the orange zest, walnuts, allspice, salt, and pepper. Stir well. Place the rice on the serving plate and place the meat mixture on the bed of rice. Serve hot.