BM# 76: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Flavors of Greece
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. 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.
I 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. I 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.This 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.