BM# 76: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Flavors of Greece
Dish: Spanakorizo

Today I have a simple and delicious Greek dish called ‘Spanakorizo’ or Spinach rice. This dish is traditionally made during winter and is served as a side dish to fish or meatballs. I served it with some raita (yogurt sauce) for a simple and filling meal.Greek Spinach Rice This Greek Spanakorizo is very similar to Indian palak rice (spinach rice) but with less spices and more herbs. The Greeks love their herbs like mint, dill and oregano. These give the dish a nice fresh taste to the dish. Adjust the amount of herbs to your preference.
Greek Spinach RiceI used basmati rice in this dish, but any medium or long grain rice can be used. Also I used frozen chopped spinach because that is what I had on hand. Fresh baby spinach would taste even better here. Greek Spinach RiceI think next time I make this dish, I will probably add some chickpeas or tofu or even paneer (to give an Indian twist to the dish) to make it more protein rich and substantial. This is a quick and easy dish to make on a weekday. If you add the protein right to the rice, then you have an amazing one pot dish that is great to pack for lunch the next day too.Greek Spinach RiceThis Greek rice an be served as is but some Kalamata olives and feta/ Greek cheese will not be out of place. I loved the salty olives and the creamy tangy cheese with the rice. Do give this a try, I’m sure you will keep making it often.bm-logo

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Spanakorizo Yum
Spanakorizo or Greek Spinach rice is a simple and comforting dish that is easy to make and delicious. The fresh herbs add tons of flavor to this amazing.
Spanakorizo
Cuisine greek
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Long grain Rice (I used Basmati rice)
  • 2 cups Frozen chopped Spinach (or use a 8oz. bag of baby spinach chopped)
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Mint, chopped (or use 1tsp dry mint)
  • ¼ tsp Red Pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • To taste Salt Pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
Cuisine greek
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Long grain Rice (I used Basmati rice)
  • 2 cups Frozen chopped Spinach (or use a 8oz. bag of baby spinach chopped)
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Mint, chopped (or use 1tsp dry mint)
  • ¼ tsp Red Pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • To taste Salt Pepper
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
Spanakorizo
Instructions
  1. Wash and rinse rice. Soak in water for about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a pan, add the red pepper flakes, onion and crushed garlic. Cook for 3~4 minutes until the onions turn translucent.
  3. Add the spinach and cook for 3~4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the dry mint and dill. Cook for 1 more minute.
  5. Drain the rice and stir into the pan. Add 1¾cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook till the water evaporates from the surface. Reduce the flame to low and cook covered till all of the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 5~6 minutes.
  6. Set the pan aside covered for 5 minutes before fluffing and serving.
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19 thoughts on “Spanakorizo (Greek Spinach Rice Recipe)”

  1. Yes, this definitely sounds like a day weekday meal. The addition of proteins sounds good.Planning to try this soon.

  2. First of all, your photos are stunning! And secondly, I pinned this because I honestly can’t wait to try it this weekend! I love Greek food and this looks right up my alley! Thanks so much for sharing!

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