Greek Inspired Lamb Pilau


  • 2 large eggplants, sliced lengthwise and grilled
  • 60ml sunflower oil
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 5ml cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 700g lamb mince
  • 5ml garam masala
  • 5ml cumin powder
  • 10ml coriander powder
  • 750ml cooked Basmati Rice
  • Salt to season
  • 200g feta
  • 62.5ml fresh herbs, chopped
  • Dressing
    • Combine the following ingredients:
    • 30ml fresh lemon juice
    • 30ml honey
    • 45ml olive oil
    • 50ml fresh mint, chopped

Here’s how:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. 
  2. Fry cinnamon sticks and bay leaves and fry until fragrant. 
  3. Add cumin seeds and onions. 
  4. When onions are golden brown, add garlic, powdered spices, lamb mince and eggplant flesh. 
  5. Sauté mince in spices and onions until cooked through and browned.
  6.  Layer the basmati rice over the mince. 
  7. Place the brinjals over the rice and add the pieces of feta. 
  8. Drizzle the dressing over the pilao.

Cooks tip

  • This dish can be made with chicken mince. 
  • Add fresh green chilli for a spicier dish
  • Use baby eggplants if you are serving this dish as a starter.