Lebanese Hushwee Rice

5 reader reviews / 5 stars average

An easy one-pan meal, Hushwee Rice is a beef and rice mixture and is a Lebanese staple made with cinnamon, toasted pine nuts and rice pilaf cooked in clarified butter. Naturally gluten-free, this is the ultimate comfort food! 

Hushwee with Rice Pilaf

This easy, 30-minute dinner recipe is a standard in Middle Eastern households. One of my go-to’s on a busy weeknight, this recipe is simply a mashup of two of my most popular recipes: hashwee and Syrian rice pilaf.

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Hushwee

Frequently asked questions:

What is hushwee?

Hashweh (or hushwee) is a simple, modest recipe made with ground meat, cinnamon, and toasted pine nuts. It is the foundation of many classic Lebanese dishes such as Stuffed Eggplant or my husband’s favorite, Sfeehas (Lebanese Meat Pies). At Christmas, we love eating it on top of mashed potatoes with a drizzle of homemade gravy. It also tastes great served over hummus and eaten with pita bread.

What are the spices in Hashwee Rice?

Like most Lebanese recipes, this dish is made with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you made a stash of my All-Purpose Lebanese Spice Blend. Similar to my easy taco seasoning, I like to make a big batch of the Lebanese spice blend so that I can sprinkle it on meats, roast chicken, veggies and more.

How far in advance can you make?

It can be made up to three days in advance. To store, keep refrigerated in an air-tight container. It is also freezer friendly and will last in the freezer up to three months.

Syrian Hashwee with Rice

When serving, we like to top with a dollop of plain yogurt. You can also serve with my Lebanese cucumber laban.

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Hushwee with Rice Pilaf

Lebanese Hushwee Rice

5 reader reviews / 5 stars average
A Lebanese staple, ground beef is cooked with warm spices including cinnamon and nutmeg then tossed with Syrian rice made with clarified butter and toasted pine nuts. This is the ultimate comfort food dish!
PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 25 mins
TOTAL: 35 mins
REVIEW PRINT
Servings: 6

Ingredients
 

Lebanese Rice Pilaf with Vermicelli

  • 1 ½ cups white rice (long-grain enriched)
  • ¼ cup clarified butter
  • ½ cup vermicelli (broken into small pieces)
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Lebanese Hushwee

Instructions
 

Lebanese Rice Pilaf with Vermicelli

  • Place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly using your fingers to rub off as much starch as possible. You’ll know the rice is properly rinsed when the water comes out clear from the bottom. Set aside.
  • In a large, deep pan heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Add the broken vermicelli pasta and brown, stirring frequently, until it is golden/dark brown. Be careful to not let burn – don't walk away from the pan. This takes about 4-5 minutes.
  • Add rinsed rice to the pan and stir into the vermicelli and butter. Toast the rice for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Carefully pour boiling water into the pan and stir once. Add salt and pepper then stir again. Bring to a boil, stir once, then reduce heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and fluff rice with a fork before sprinkling with fresh parsley to serve.

Lebanese Hashweh – Ground Beef with Pine Nuts

  • In a deep pan, melt butter over medium high heat then add the minced onion. Sautee until translucent, 4-5 minutes.
  • Add ground sirloin and spices. Cook 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up meat. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in toasted pine nuts and set aside.

Toasting the Pine Nuts

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a small cookie sheet place raw pine nuts and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they are at a light brown in color. Keep a careful eye on them as they can burn quickly.

Combine the Hashweh and the Lebanese Rice Pilaf

  • To serve, combine both the hashweh and the rice pilaf in the same pot and garnish with fresh minced parsley to serve.

Notes

To toast pine nuts simply spread in an even layer on a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
If you don’t wish to make your own clarified butter (also known as “ghee”), you can find it online or in most health stores.
For lasting freshness, store pine nuts in the freezer to keep them fresher, longer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 508kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 26gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 681mgPotassium: 456mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 3mg
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Lebanese Hushwee with Toasted Pine Nuts

Lebanese Hushwee Beef

26 reader reviews / 4.7 stars average
Hushwee rice is a beef and rice mixture made with cinnamon, toasted pine nuts and rice pilaf cooked in clarified butter. An easy one-pan meal.
PREP: 25 mins
COOK: 35 mins
TOTAL: 1 hr
REVIEW PRINT
Servings: 8

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • In a deep pan, melt butter over medium high heat then add the minced onion. Sautee until translucent, 4-5 minutes.
    001 Lebanese Hushwee WEB
  • Add ground sirloin and spices. Cook 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up meat. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in toasted pine nuts and set aside.

Toasting the Pine Nuts:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a small cookie sheet place raw pine nuts and cook for 5-7 minutes or until they are at a light brown in color. Keep a careful eye on them as they can burn quickly.

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Notes

To toast pine nuts simply spread in an even layer on a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
If you don’t wish to make your own clarified butter (also known as “ghee”), you can find it online or in most health stores.
For lasting freshness, store pine nuts in the freezer to keep them fresher, longer.

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 17gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 517mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
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10 thoughts on “Lebanese Hushwee Rice”

  1. I’m making this tonight but only have jasmine rice in the house…can I swap the recipe for that or do I need to go to the market??? Thanx…and I’m really looking forward to this!!

  2. If this is supposed to have rice in it, why isn’t it listed in the ingredients? The recipe listed is just the ground beef and pine nuts. Because I know I can easily miss things I did a term search and there’s no mention of how much or what type of rice to use.

  3. Joanie Faddol Gruber

    A few varients from another Lebanese:
    We never rinse Uncle Ben rice! No need as it is parboiled. Rinsing it will make it mushy. Always boil the water first and add that to the rice.
    Also a tip for the pine nuts and vermicelli- toast them in the microwave! 1 minute or so for the noodles and 2-3 for the nuts. Slivered almonds with or instead of pine nuts can be used.
    Our spice blend is usually cumin, allspice and cinnamon.
    Baking this instead of on stove top makes a lovely crunchy top and sides. Mix everything in a glass or metal baking pan and cover with foil, baking at 400. Remove the foil after 20 minutes and bake further 10-15 minutes. Love the crunchy bits.

  4. I made this as written using gluten free vermicelli and it worked without any problem. Yum!!! made the whole meal with cucumber and salad. Very satisfying.

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