- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 large onion – finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 1/2 pounds lamb stew meat – cubed
- 1 1/2 cups water
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper or to taste
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 3 cups fresh spinach – chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh cilantro – chopped
- 1/4 cup cooking oil
- 3 cups basmati rice – uncooked
- 6 cups water
Chalau is a traditional Afghan stew recipe that is made with rice and lamb and seasoned with cumin and cilantro. Not only is it flavorful, but it is wholly filling and delicious. Chalau itself refers to the long grained white rice used in the majority of Middle Eastern cooking. The lamb ingredient can be replaced with a meat of your liking. Lamb just happens to pair very well with the majority of Middle Eastern cuisine.
The cumin inside this chalau dish has a myriad of health benefits. Cumin helps to aid in digestion, improves immunity, and treats certain disorders like insomnia and eczema. This wonderful seasoning also has high iron content which is key for increasing hemoglobin levels and subsequently improving blood flow which can help to promote a healthy menstrual cycle. Cumin also acts as a natural anti-congestive and can help to relieve congestion caused by respiratory disorders like asthma.
How to make Chalau Recipe
Many different Middle Eastern countries have a variation of Chalau.