Recipe for Greek Style Lentil Rice Pilaf
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This dish is made in some form all over Greece. This version of it is perfumed with spices such as coriander, cinnamon, and allspice. This is perfect to serve as the main course for a light meal or as a side dish.
Pilafi me Fakes Recipe Ingredients:
- 2/3 cup dried lentils, soaked in cold water for 2 hours
- 1/3 cup Greek olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 large carrots, chopped
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 bay leaves
- 3/4 cup uncooked long grain rice
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon Greek honey
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon dried Greek oregano
- 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped parsley
Strain the lentils and add them to a medium saucepan. Fill the pan with water so that the lentils are covered and bring to a boil over medium-high heat with the lid on the pan. Turn off the heat and let the lentils stand for about ten minutes. Strain them again and set them aside.
Pour the olive oil into a deep skillet. Set the heat to medium and let it warm for about a minute. Add the onions and saute until they just begin to get soft. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Add the carrots and saute for anothr 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the coriander, allspice, cinnamon, and bay leaves. Stir in the rice and lentils. Cook the mixture together for about a minute. Stir in the broth, salt, pepper, honey, vinegar, and oregano. Cover the skillet and cook until the mixture comes to a boil. Reduce to a simmer on low heat and cook until all the water absorbs. Stir in the parsley just before serving.
** This recipe contains olive oil, which isn’t permitted during strict fasting. If you adhere to a strict fast, omit the olive oil and using nonstick cooking spray in a nonstick pan to sauté, instead.
This post was written by Greek Boston