Pilaf with lamb

Incorporate whole grains into your everyday diet by trying this tasty gluten-free millet, spinach and cashew pilaf with lamb cutlets recipe from Chrissy Freer’s book ‘Super grains: eat your way to great health’.
"I love to use millet in pilafs instead of white rice, as it has so much more flavour and retains its texture. In comparison to white rice, millet has over twice as much fibre and almost twice as much protein!" — Chrissy Freer.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Serves 4


  • 210 g (7 1/2 oz/1 cup) hulled millet 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra, to brush
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon korma curry paste (see tip)
  • 500 ml (2 cups) chicken stock (see tip)
  • 8 lamb cutlets, French trimmed
  • 100 g baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts, lightly toasted, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons currants
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Greek-style yoghurt, to serve


  1. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat, add the millet and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until fragrant. Remove from the heat. 
  2. Heat olive oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic and curry paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  3. Add the toasted millet and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside, covered, for 10 minutes to steam.
  4. Meanwhile, heat a large char-grill pan over high heat. Brush the cutlets with a little extra oil and cook for 2 minutes each side or until lightly charred and cooked to your liking. 
  5. Stir the spinach leaves, cashews, currants and lemon juice through the pilaf and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Divide the pilaf among serving plates and top each with 2 lamb cutlets. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt.

 Recipe and Image from ‘Super grains’ by Chrissy Freer Murdoch Books $29.99. 

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