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.
We will not cheat you. Imam Bayildi is not a diet and it should not be like that. A large amount of oil is needed here to produce a delicious sauce, in which the eggplant will almost swim. We also ate such a delicious "floating" Imam in Matala, Crete, and he was the prototype for our recipe.
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.