Jenan Zammar’s Lebanese Spiced Rice

Jenan Zammar’s Lebanese Spiced Rice


“If you thought rice was boring, you haven’t tried this Lebanese spiced rice. It’s easy enough to make on a weeknight but fancy enough to serve at special celebrations and dinner parties. I grew up with this rice and I have to admit, my favorite part is the crunchy toasted nuts on top. It’s the perfect match for the soft rice underneath,” says talented content creator and blogger Jenan Zammar. “I grew up with my mom making this rice for Thanksgiving dinner or Eids. It’s super easy to make but full of flavor.”

“I’m a Lebanese mother of 3 and love to share all of my recipes,” says Jenan. “Years ago I had no idea what I was doing in the kitchen but with lots of trial and errors, I can now whip up a meal with little effort. I’m all about simplifying meals but still enjoying the delicious flavors food has to offer. From my kitchen to yours with love. This rice is a one pot meal. Rice is mixed with ground beef (or lamb), Lebanese 7 spices and cinnamon. It’s a popular dish in many Middle Eastern countries.”

“You’ll want to start by washing the rice really well until the water runs clear. Some people like to soak the rice depending on the rice but there’s no need to soak the rice for this recipe. In a pot cook the ground beef and spices first and then add butter until everything is combined. Then the rice goes in. It’s important to mix the rice for a minute or two with the ground beef to ensure every grain of rice has some of the butter coating it. This will result in perfectly fluffy rice that doesn’t stick together.”

Serves 5.


1 pound ground beef (or lamb)

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2 cups basmati rice

3 1/2 cups chicken broth or water

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon 7 spice (or allspice)

1 teaspoon salt to taste

1 tablespoon olive oil, more to taste

1 tablespoon butter (for the rice)

2 tablespoons butter (for the almonds)

1/2 cup slivered almonds or any nut of your choice

Fresh chopped parsley


Heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add the ground beef, mix, and cook until the ground beef is just about cooked. Add the butter, rice and spices, and mix again.

Stir the rice to ensure each grain has some oil/butter coating it. Add the broth or water and bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat to low. Cook for roughly 10 minutes (if using basmati rice).

Set aside keeping the lid in place. In a small skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 1/2 cup slivered almonds. Stir often to brown on all sides.

Transfer the rice to a Bundt pan pressing down to compact it together. Place a platter over top and flip the Bundt pan onto the platter. Garnish with slivered almonds and chopped parsley (optional).

Jenan Zammar, winner of the 2022 Ottawa Foodie Influencer Award (Photo courtesy

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Also see:

Jenan’s Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Jenan’s Mujadara (Lebanese Lentils with Rice) at:

Jenan’s Potato Kibbeh at:

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