Leftover lamb pilau

Looking for a recipe to use up leftover roast lamb from a Sunday roast? This easy lamb pilau is full of flavour, but not too spicy for the kids to enjoy. Serve on its own or with plain yoghurt.


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion , finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves , finely chopped
  • 4 cloves
  • 8 cardamom pods , crushed
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 large cinnamon stick
  • 2 lamb stock cubes
  • 450g basmati rice
  • 500g lamb leftovers, shredded
  • 100g raisins
  • 5 spring onions , finely sliced
  • 3 tomatoes , deseeded and roughly chopped
  • small bunch parsley , roughly chopped, plus a few leaves picked, to serve
  • small bunch coriander , roughly chopped, plus a few leaves picked, to serve
  • 50g flaked almonds , toasted
  • 200ml natural yogurt , to serve


  • 1

    Put the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Add the onion to the pan and cook until soft and translucent, about 15 mins. Add the garlic and spices, and stir in for 2 mins.

  • 2

    Crumble the stock cubes into 1.2 litres of just-boiled water. Add the rice and shredded lamb to the pan. Stir well to coat the grains in the oil and spices, then pour over the stock. Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and lower the heat. Cook for 12 mins or until the rice is tender and the stock absorbed.

  • 3

    Once the rice is ready, remove from the heat and add the raisins, spring onions, tomatoes and herbs, mixing well. Season to taste and serve topped with more herbs, almonds and a drizzle of natural yogurt.

Leftover lamb pilau

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