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Eastern spiced - but not spicy - savoury mince recipe: #MeatMatters Challenge #AD

Gosh that title is a bit of a mouthful for this recipe isn't it - "Eastern spiced - but not spicy - savoury mince"! But I guarantee you that when it comes to the eating, this recipe makes the perfect sized mouthfuls for all the family to enjoy.

And it's so quick and easy to make that it has become a family favourite. After a busy day at work I can get home and get this on the table in well under 30 minutes!

The inspiration for this recipe lies in fusion cooking. It has been inspired by Grandad's savoury mince which Richard grew up with in his household, and some of the flavours and spices that my late mum would use in her Persian cooking.

The wonderful thing about her cooking was that it was full of aromatic herbs and spices but without actually being spicy so my kids have enjoyed these kinds of flavours from a young age. Having never met their gran (my mum) I have wanted my children to know a little about their heritage so I make sure we set up the traditional 'haft-seen' for Persian New Year each year in March, and making food that reflects their cultural heritage but in a fuss-free and easy way is another way for them to learn about their heritage.
'haft-seen' (meaning Seven S's) for Persian New Year.
When I say this recipe is easy, I mean it. It is packed with goodness as beef is naturally rich in protein and is a source of iron which helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. You could easily use lamb in place of the beef mince which is also packed full of goodness. For example did you know that:
  • Lamb provides seven vitamins and minerals that support good health and well-being (niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and pantothenic acid). 
  • Beef provides eight essential vitamins and minerals that support good health and well-being (niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, zinc, riboflavin, iron, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus). 
It's also one of those recipes that you won't need to get the scales out for. After all, after a busy day at work the last thing I need is a complicated recipe with weights and measures. So everything is measured in spoons and cups with no weighing scales in sight. 

Ingredients for the savoury mince:
2 tsp rapeseed oil
1 pack of lean mince beef (I used a 400g pack of mince beef but you can use a 500g pack if that's what you find in store or you can choose minced lamb instead - this recipe works brilliantly with either!)
1 apple
1 mug diced frozen onion
1 mug frozen sweetcorn
1 mug frozen peas
3 tablespoons of raisins
1.5 tsp turmeric
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1.5 tsp ground cumin

Ingredients to serve:
Pitta bread or wraps
Fresh coriander (optional)
Dried mint

1. Pour the rapeseed oil into a saucepan and add the frozen onion. Fry until golden. You don't need much oil at all just enough to stop the onions from burning.
2. Add the mince meat and using a wooden spoon mix it with the onion. After a few minutes it should start to brown.
3. Next add the spices - turmeric, ground cumin and cinnamon - and mix into the meat.
4. Add in the sweetcorn, peas and 1 chopped apple followed by the raisins.
5. After a few more minutes turn off the heat and it is ready as soon as the meat is cooked thoroughly.
6. To make the mint yogurt to serve with this, it is simply a case of adding a sprinkle of dried mint to plain yogurt.
7. Served with toasted pitta bread cut into pockets and wraps cut into quarters and garnished with coriander if desired.

I love that this dish is packed with flavour from the tasty meat, the flavourful spices and the naturally sweet kick that the apple and sultanas give it that it needs no added salt or sugar at all. The peas and sweetcorn add a really vibrant splash of colour to the dish too making it look fun for the family to enjoy.

My kids absolutely love meals that involve the 'putting together' aspect - so they were thrilled that they got to stuff the pitta pockets themselves with the meat and yogurt dip and likewise for the wraps.

Here's a quick video to show just how much they enjoy this #MeatMatters meal:

And of course I'm a happy mummy because it is being able to make quick and nutritious recipes like this that reduce the "mum guilt" that so many working mums feel - It can be tempting to resort to ready meals and takeaways due to lack of time when we get home from work and need to get a meal on the table quickly. With a recipe like this I know that my kids are getting a balanced tasty meal packed with the nutrients their growing bodies need and it's on the table in under half an hour.

This recipe is an entry for the #MeatMatters Challenge, sponsored by Simply Beef and Lamb. Learn more about the benefits of cooking and eating beef and lamb along with recipe ideas and inspiration here: https://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk/

I was sent a £10 voucher towards ingredients for this challenge.


  1. Looking so tasty and feel peckish now. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

    1. thank you Kate. It is definitely a family favourite here!


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