My Lazy Version Of A Greek Rice

If you have ever had Greek rice then I know it is a favourite of yours. I have had it in restaurants a number of times and have made it the traditional way a few times. This definately isn’t even close to the traditional version, but it is still a great rice dish.

Using packaged things is something I normally don’t do, but sometimes the product turns out to be very good. A few years ago I was watching a cooking show and the tv chef was using Uncle Ben’s microwave packaged rice in a lot of different ways. My first thought was why would anyone use crap like that. Over the next few months I saw other tv chefs using it. I was making a recipe a couple of months later and wanted basmati rice with it. When I looked in the cupboard all that was left in the bag of basmati rice was about a tablespoon. I walked to the IGA to get some but since the store was closing for good they didn’t have any. They did have The microwave Uncle Ben’s on sale so that was what I bought. Walking home I was thinking that I had just done a stupid thing. I was totally wrong, it turned out to be very good basmati rice. Since then I have bought Uncle Ben’s microwave rice a few times, not always the basmati rice, they have over a dozen different kinds. I haven’t found a bad one yet so I guess the chef was on to a good time saving product.

So this isn’t a traditional Greek Rice and that starts with using basmati rice. It is still very similar and great to have with souvlaki. If you’re having lamb souvlaki I would add fresh mint to the mix. Normally you microwave the Uncle Ben’s but you don’t have to. You still need to play with the package before you use it to break the clumps up

1 package of Uncle Ben’s basmati rice

1/2 onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1 teaspoon olive oil

mix water and lemon juice together and set aside

Preheat a frying pan with the olive oil on medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for 1 minute or until onions are translucent. Mix in the rice and cook for 1 minute, add the water/lemon juice and cook until the pan is dry. Stir in the parsley and basil and serve immediately.

About Graham Stewart

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