Laai recipe is a traditional Mongolian dish with lots of different spices and flavorings. It is often served as a side dish with the main meal. Laai has been my mom’s signature dish for decades. She would make it for any occasion and it is something we can all look forward to.
Laai is often served as a side dish with the main meal and it is typically eaten at the end of the meal, at least in our household we never have a meal without including this traditional Mongolian beef recipe. We have tried to include many different kinds of Laai to give you a variety of flavors and recipes.
How to make Laai recipe?
- Preparation Time: 30 minutes
- Cooking Time: 1 h
- Serving Size: 5-6
- Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients for Laai recipe
- 1/2 cup rice flour
- 700 grams ground beef, freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions for Laai recipe
Step 1: Soak the rice for about an hour and grind it in a mill to make the rice flour. The exact proportion is 1:4, one cup of uncooked rice to four cups of water, and then grind it to make the flour.
Step 2: Place the ground beef in a large bowl, add salt, and then gradually add drops of water and knead them until they are well combined. Then place half of this mixture into a smaller bowl.
Step 3: Use half of the oil to cook the meat over a medium fire until it changes color. Drain the fat, remove from the pan and set it aside.
Step 4: Heat half of the oil in the same pan, and add cinnamon, cardamom seeds, and cumin powder. Cook over a medium fire for about three minutes and stir frequently so it doesn’t burn.
Step 5: Place rice flour into a bowl with salt, ground black pepper, and cinnamon powder.
Step 6: Mix the ground beef with rice flour and then transfer it to the pan with spices. Mix until well combined and then add vegetable oil last. Mix until well combined and then cook over a medium fire until browned.
Step 7: Add half of this mixture to the meat in the first bowl and mix well. Now use a fork or tweezer to cut the meat into small pieces and mix these into the cooked rice cake (you will see it has turned white). Reserve this mixture for later use. Set aside this mixture for later use.
Step 8: Heat the remaining amount of oil in a pan, add the meat and cook until browned and crispy.
Step 9: Add the cooked rice cake mixture and mix well over a medium fire until it turns brown.
Step 10: Remove the pan from heat and serve on top of steamed rice.
Best 7 Nutrition Facts Of Laai recipe
- Calories: 605 cal
- Fat: 21.7 g
- Carbohydrates: 38.6 g
- Protein: 49.9 g
- Sodium: 514 mg
- Cholesterol: 149 mg
- Fiber: 2.
Is It Healthy for all?
Laai is a traditional Mongolian dish that is sometimes considered unhealthy for some, but this recipe is healthy by adding rice flour. Pork, fatty beef, and rich sauces are all not good for those who are on a diet to avoid obesity. Adding rice flour makes this dish healthier and you can enjoy the delicious flavor of Yummilicious Laai without worrying to lose weight.
I hope you will enjoy this Laai recipe this is one of the most popular traditional Mongolian dishes and so I am adding all the Mongolian meat recipes on my blog. If you want to learn more about these other recipes like Mongolian stew, you can check it on my blog. Just take a look at the rest of my yummy food recipes.