Legumes are a staple in Greek cuisine. They are usually cooked in soups, however dishes in which they are combined with rice are also very common.
Greek chickpea & rice recipe
3 cups cooked chickpeas
1/3 cup esti extra virgin olive oil
1 2/3 cups rice- uncooked
4 cups broth –you can use either chicken or vegetable broth
1 large white onion finely chopped
1 garlic clove finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
Juice of one lemon
On low-medium heat, warm the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes. Continue cooking until the onion is translucent. Add the chopped rosemary and cook for a couple of minutes more. Add the rice and broth. Stir well and cook for a few minutes. Add the chickpeas and bring up to medium boil. Lower heat , cover and cook until the rice is ready- cooking time will depend on type of rice. Uncover, add salt, pepper, parsley and lemon juice, stir gently to combine well and serve.