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Memon Style Lentil and Minced Meat Pilaf/ Memon Masoor Pulao

Course Main Course
Cuisine Memon, Pakistani
Keyword Beef, Lentils, Main Course, Memon, Pakistani, Rice
Servings 6 Servings


  • cups basmati rice
  • 2/3 cup brown lentils
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup neutral flavored oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1-2 green chilies, to taste, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 tablespoons coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoons red chili powder
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced into desired size cubes
  • Handful chopped cilantro
  • Handful chopped mint
  • Handful fried onions
  • 3 boiled large eggs, peeled and sliced in half


  1. Rinse rice in cold water a few times, cover with water, and set aside.
  2. Heat a small saucepan filled with water over medium-high heat. Add lentils and bring to a boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until mostly cooked through (should not be mushy; there should still be a bit of bite to the lentils, as they will continue cooking with the rice later). Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat ¼ cup oil in a large vessel over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Add meat and ginger-garlic paste and cook for a few minutes. Add chilies, coriander powder, black pepper, garam masala, red chili powder, turmeric, salt, and lemon juice. Cook, stirring often, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add yogurt, mix well, and cook until mostly dry. Add lentils, mix, cover, and remove from heat. Set aside.
  4. Heat water (enough to boil rice in) in a large vessel over medium-high heat. Add black peppers, bay leaves, and salt. Once it comes to a boil, add soaked rice (drain before adding), and cook until about 75% cooked through. Drain and set aside.
  5. Heat remaining oil in a small skillet over medium high heat. Add potatoes and fry until golden brown and crispy on the outside, about 5 minutes. Don’t worry about cooking them through because they will finish cooking with the rice.
  6. In a large vessel, drizzle in a bit of oil. Top with half of the rice, followed by the meat and lentil mixture. Top with cilantro, mint, and fried onions. Cover with remaining rice. Sprinkle on additional fried onions, and gently place the boiled eggs and fried potatoes (with oil) on top. Cover. Cook over low heat until the rice has finished cooking, about 30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Measurements are in actual measuring spoons/cups and not eating utensils.