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.
Dishes from beans and other legumes are an important part of the Greek diet. The most well-known examples of such dishes are giant plums, fasolada or fava. Nowadays, Greeks often reach for traditional dishes with legumes, which are served as the main meal. Today we present a recipe for beans in tomatoes. Its preparation is easy and less labor-intensive than eg giant gaps.
Beans with spinach are another simple, traditional dish. The secret of its taste is cooking mavromatika beans with fresh spinach and tomatoes.
Recently, we served a recipe for a spicy pumpkin pie baked in a sweet version. This, of course, is not the only way to prepare this universal vegetable. Greeks often also prepare a pumpkin roasted in filo, but with the addition of cheeses, on the salty.