Greek Basmati Rice

  • Servings : 4-6, depending on accompaniments

This is a rice dish with some traditional Greek flavors that's quite easy to prepare, since the oven does most of the work for you.


  • 1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice, rinsed (see note)
  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup red onion, diced
  • 1-1 1/4 cup tomatoes, chopped, seeds removed
  • 2 medium-large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1/3 - 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • lemon wedges (to finish)


Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).

Step 2

In a lightly oiled, deep casserole dish, combine all the ingredients except the olives, mint, and parsley and stir through to mix. Cover and bake for 60-65 minutes.

Step 3

Add the olives and stir through. Cover and bake for another 10-15 minutes or more, until the rice is soft and has absorbed all the water.

Step 4

Remove and stir in the fresh mint and parsley. Drizzle with extra olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.


Cook's Notes:

You can use regular brown rice for this dish if you like. Brown basmati rice has a more buttery flavor, while regular brown rice is stickier.

Recipe Source: Vive le Vegan!
Reprinted with permission from the author, Dreena Burton.
Photograph © Wanda Embar.

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