Palestinian Hashweh Recipe

palestinian hashweh recipe


  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup clarified butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 cups chicken or beef broth
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Rinse and Soak Rice:
    • Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
    • Soak the rice in water for about 15-20 minutes, then drain.
  2. Sauté Onions:
    • In a large skillet or pan, heat the clarified butter or olive oil over medium heat.
    • Add the chopped onions and sauté until they become translucent.
  3. Brown Ground Meat:
    • Add the ground beef or lamb to the skillet and cook until it’s browned, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks.
  4. Season the Meat:
    • Add the ground cinnamon, allspice, black pepper, nutmeg, and cloves to the meat mixture. Stir well to evenly distribute the spices.
  5. Add Rice:
    • Drain the soaked rice and add it to the skillet. Stir the rice with the meat mixture to combine.
  6. Pour Broth:
    • Pour the chicken or beef broth over the rice and meat mixture. Add salt to taste. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil.
  7. Simmer and Cover:
    • Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet with a lid, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed.
  8. Fluff and Rest:
    • Once cooked, fluff the rice with a fork. Cover the skillet with a clean kitchen towel or paper towel, and then place the lid back on. Let it rest for an additional 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  9. Serve:
    • Transfer the Hashweh to a serving platter, garnish with chopped parsley if desired, and serve hot.

This Palestinian Hashweh is a flavorful and comforting dish that pairs well with a side of yogurt or a salad. Enjoy this traditional Middle Eastern recipe!

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