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One Pot Spinach Brown Rice With Chickpeas (Plant-Based) | Easy One Pot Vegan Recipes

One Pot Spinach Brown Rice With Chickpeas (Plant-Based) | Easy One Pot Vegan Recipes

Welcome and in today’s video, I am going to share a one pot spinach brown rice with chickpeas recipe which is inspired by Greek spinach rice also known as Spanakorizo.

There are variations of spinach rice throughout the world, including Greece, where it is called spanakorizo a classic vegetarian dish. It is probably one of the healthiest traditional Greek recipes because it’s packed with lots of spinach, onions, fresh herbs, lemon and tomato sauce.
Spinach rice is an ideal dish as it can be eaten as vegan dish or main dish and it is nutritious, flavorful, versatile, and easy to make.

It also combines rice with vegetable in one dish, saving you time in the kitchen and if you add some chickpeas for a boost of vegetarian protein for a well-balanced vegetarian or vegan meal. So, let’s start making this delicious spanakorizo recipe with tomato sauce and surprise your friends and family.

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▶️ RECIPE INGREDIENTS:

1 cup / 200g Brown rice – medium grain (if you are using long grain brown rice adjust the cooking time as it cooks faster than the medium grain rice)
2 to 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1+ 1/2 cup / 200g Onion – one medium size onion
2 Tablespoon Garlic – 5 to 6 Garlic approx.
1+1/2 cup / 350ml Strained tomatoes/Passata
300g / 8 to 9 cups approx. – Fresh Spinach – chopped
4 cups / 1 Liter Water
1/4 Teaspoon Chilli flake (Optional)
2 cups / 1 Can (540 ml) Cooked chickpeas
3/4 cup / 20g Fresh Dill (If you like mild dill flavor add 1/2 cup)
Salt to taste (I have added total 1+1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt)

▶️ Garnish:
1/3 cup / 15g Parsley – finely chopped (Optional)
Lemon juice to taste (I have added 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
Black pepper to taste (I have added 1/2 teaspoon black pepper)
Drizzle of Olive oil – 1 to 2 Tbsp (I have added 1 tablespoon organic cold pressed olive oil)

▶️ METHOD:

Wash thoroughly and soak 1 cup of brown rice for 1 hour.

To a heated pan add olive oil, onion and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Adding salt to onion will release it’s moisture and help it cook faster so please don’t skip it. Fry the onion on medium-high heat until it just starts to caramelize.

Once the onion has started to caramelize, reduce the heat to medium low (depending on the heat of your stove). Add the finely chopped garlic, chilli flakes and continue to fry for another 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant.

Now add the strained tomatoes, spinach and mix well. Now drain the brown rice. Transfer the soaked rice, chickpeas, salt, water and fresh dill to the pot and bring it to a vigorous boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the rice is cooked but still sightly firm. (We don’t want mushy rice).

Uncover and turn the heat to medium high and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Garnish with Parsley, lemon juice and a good quality olive oil. The garnish will enhance the taste of this dish so I recommend not skipping it. Serve hot.

▶️ IMPORTANT TIPS:

– Thoroughly wash/soak the brown rice, this will get rid of any impurities/gunk

– If you are using long grain brown rice adjust the cooking time accordingly, as it cooks faster than the medium grain rice

– If you are using a different type of rice adjust the water and cooking time accordingly

– Adding salt to onion will release it’s moisture and will help it cook faster so please don’t skip it

– Turn the heat to medium-low to low before adding the garlic and spices. This will prevent them from burning

– Chop the spinach to prevent long strings of stem

– The garnish will enhance the taste of this dish so I recommend not skipping it

Enjoy!

▶️ My other videos:
Baked Vegetables in Zesty Tomato Dressing: https://youtu.be/_KHuPVKqyAg
Curry Flavoured Quinoa Bowl: https://youtu.be/OP3b2vpcGpQ
Healthy Chickpea Pasta: https://youtu.be/f6vLXvtybXU
One Pot Mediterranean Lentil: https://youtu.be/1dWqQirbsK4

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