Originally pilaf is a dish from far east of Europe, but now it is popular in many different countries. Inhabitants of each of them prepare a little differently, but the idea is common. The Greeks also adopted this dish and have several versions.
Pilaf with tomatoes is a simple and light dish, which is worth doing especially when there are fresh ripe tomatoes. However, when there is no season or longer, you can reach for tomatoes from the can. If you feel that the taste of this dish is too delicate, you can enrich it and add some optional spices:
1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry garlic and onions. After about 4-5 minutes, when the onion softens, add rice and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. When the rice becomes transparent pour vegetable broth, add chopped tomatoes, season and bring to a boil. Then cover with a tight lid and reduce the fire to a small flame. The pilaf is to be boiled for about 15 minutes until all liquid has been absorbed. During the process, the food should not be mixed up. For this reason, it is worth preparing this dish in a pot with a thick bottom so that the rice does not burn.
2. During this time, when the rice is cooked, pour a handful of pine nuts on a dry pan and heat them until they are brown. Once in a while, you have to shake the pan so that the peanuts do not burn.
3. Once the rice is soft, turn off the fire, add the roasted pine nuts, mix carefully and leave for a few minutes under cover.
4. Pour the pilaf sprinkled with lemon juice.
Italian Fennel is a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. In Greek cuisine, its characteristic slightly aniseed flavor can be found, among others, in sensational kaltsouni and pitta casseroles. Today we would like to share with you the recipe for pitto with Italian fennel.
Eggplants are a popular ingredient of Greek dishes and can be found in flagship dishes such as moussaka or briam. The main role of aubergines also play in papoutsakia, imam bayildi and melitzanosalata. For these tasty dishes you need to add another Greek way to make this vegetable, or eggplant with feta.
I have never had a good opinion about stuffed vegetables. I always associated them with a bland and not very tasty dish. Until I came across a Greek way to prepare stuffing. The proportions and its ingredients are excellent, so stuffed peppers for good has settled on our table. And the Greeks once again proved that they know how fantastic vegetables can be made. The dish needs a lot of ingredients, but the compilation tastes great, so you should not eliminate anything. If you get some stuffing, you can use it to stuff tomatoes. It will also be good, although the pepper works better due to the specific, distinctive taste. As in the case of other dishes in which feta occurs, do not use its Polish or German substitutes, because these cheeses taste completely different than the original Greek feta, which combined with a large amount of herbs clearly enliven the taste of the dish.