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“Very aromatic rice dish.. goes very well with any lamb or chicken stew. Edited to add: I'd missed out the oil the first time, have now added it in the directions alongwith the butter. The stock quantity is my fault. I'd overlooked it and had mistyped the quantity. I have now corrected it to 800 ml (from 600 ml)”

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  1. Place rice in a bowl with cold water and leave to soak for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil and butter in a large heavy saucepan, add the chopped onion and minced meat and fry until golden brown and breaking down any lumps in the mince.
  3. Add the broken vermicelli and fry for another 5-10 minutes till slightly brown.
  4. Drain and wash the rice till water runs clean.
  5. Add the rice into the pan and give it a good stir (but be careful as to not break the rice in the process).
  6. Add in all the spices and mix it in well.
  7. Add in the boiling-hot stock and give it all one good stir.
  8. Cover the pan and simmer over low heat for about 15-20 minutes (till all the water's been absorbed and rice cooked through).
  9. Take the pan off the heat, take the lid off and cover the pan with a clean towel and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  10. Gently fluff up the rice with a fork and serve with pine seeds sprinkled on top.

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