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Traditional stuffed leavesLarge round grain rice (Carolina type)
Ingredients: (for 6 persons)
- 12 coffee cups Large round grain rice BEGAS AGRO (calculate 1 cup rice for each tomato / pepper to be filled)
- 6 large tomatoes (tight and mature)
- 6 flask peppers (for filling)
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 1 bunch of mint
- 1 cup olive oil
- 4-5 potatoes
- 2-3 onions
- 2-3 riped extra tomatoes
- Salt, pepper
Wash all vegetables and rice.Cut the top of peppers/tomatoes to be open edlike acap.Peel the spores from the peppers and with a tea spoon remove the inside of the tomatoes without creating hole,pass it through the food processor and keep it in a deep dish.Pass there maining tomatoes by the grate. Pour some oil in a baking panand place the tomatoes and peppers with the lids up wards.
Finely chop the onion and fry it in a pan. Add the rice, parsley, mint and ¾ of the oil. Salt and pepper the filling and add half of the crushed tomatoes. Carefully fill the tomatoes and peppers. Do not fill to the brim because the filling will overflow in baking. Cut the potatoes and put them in the pan. Pour the rest of the tomatoes, add a glass of hot water, the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper all over and bake in preheated oven at 200 'C for 1 hour. Remove the pan carefully, turn the peppers and bake for another half hour (if necessary add a little warm water).
White grained pilafParboiled Rice
Ingredients: (for 6-8 people)
- 500 g parboiled BEGAS AGRO rice
- 2 tbsp salt
- 3-4 liters of meat or chicken broth
- 75g fresh butter
1. Clean the rice, put it in a bowl, add 2 tablespoons salt and pour hot water until full covering. When the rice has cooled, strain it and rinse it with plenty of cold water.
2. Pour the rice in salted meat or chicken broth that is boiling. Keep the high heat for 3-4 minutes, until the water is absorbed and it comes to the same level with the rice. Lower the heat and allow the rice to boil for 5-6 minutes.
3. Add the butter, stir gently, cover with a clean towel, put the lid and pull from the heat. Cover the pan for 10 minutes and it is ready.
4. Those who prefer butter sautéed that a gives better taste, add the sautéed butter just when taken out from the heat and stir the rice.
Note: The rice is mixed only after having boiled and after covered by the butter. Stirring must beal ways very light, like a caress.
Dolmadakia Gialantzi (Stuffed vine leaves with rice without meat)Long grain white rice
Ingredients: (for 8-10 persons)
- 2 tea cups of nychakiriceBEGASAGRO
- 60 leaves
- 1 ½ teacups olive oil
- 4 spring onions, chopped
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 1 bunch dillorfennel chopped
- ½ bunchmint, chopped (or 4 tbsp. of dried mint)
- Salt, pepper
- Juice of 4 lemons
In a large bowl, add 1 cup ofrice, olive oil, juice of 3 lemons and all other ingredients. Mix well the herbs. The filling is ready!
In a plate, spread a vine leaf with the glossy side on the bottom and “the nerved” part on the top, so that when wrapped, there is the "smooth" side outside. Cut the stalk. Place at the “mouth” of the leaf a teaspoon of the filling. We close it first from the side of the stem and after we close the sides of the leaf and we roll it, until it closes completely. Each sarmadaki (wrapped leaf) we make, we put it in the pot very close one to another in layers and continue until finished the filling. Sprinkle half cup of olive oil, the juice of a lemon and 4 cups warm water. Place a plate upside down so you do not open as they boil. Boil for half an hour. Serve plainor with yogurt.
Easy soup with rice and vegetablesMedium grain white rice
- 150 medium grain white rice BEGAS AGRO
- 1 leek cut in rings
- 1 chopped onion
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 5 potatoes into cubes
- ¾ teacup chopped celery
- 4-5 liters of meat or chicken broth (or 2 cubes of broth)
- 50ml olive oil
- Salt, pepper, dill (if you are using the soup cubes, there is no need for extra salt)
Peel, wash and drain the rice. Pour the broth into the pot and make sure it covers a little above the middle. Add salt and pepper and bring to boil. Then add all the vegetables together, lower the heat and let boil for 15 minutes, add the rice and boil for another 10 minutes. Finally add the olive oil and dill. Close the heat and leave the pot covered for another 15 minutes. Serve with fresh lemon juice.
Rice and HealthThe rice is considered the most precious seed of the Greek land and one of the strongest crops in Greece to produce thousands of tons each year.
The rice, in all its forms and colors, the long grained, the risotto, Basmati or Jasmine, brown or wild is the food of the Greek family with many nutritional benefits.
The carbohydrates contained by the rice provide energy to the human body that needs every day and acts as fuel for the body, contributing to normal brain function. No wonder that it is an excellent food for athletes and those with intense physical and mental activity. 160 grams of boiled long grain rice provides the body 47 grams of carbohydrates and give energy with the right rhythm to the human body.
Rich in fibers, vitamins and minerals
The rice contains fibers that are important because they regulate digestion while the containing proteins represent an essential structural component of the body. Also the rice is rich in B vitamin complex and vitamin E (Vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B5 (pantothenic), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (folic acid), Vitamin E). It also contains iron that is necessary for the synthesis of hemoglobin, potassium that regulates the functioning of the nervous system, the phosphorus helps in the energy production and magnesium is an essential constituent of bone and teeth.
The rice has low calories and according to nutritionists, it is recommended as a good food for weight control and treatment of obesity.
Aportionof 62.5gr of rice yields 215 Kcal.
Protection & Prevention
The rice does not contain cholesterol, it is low in sodium, fat and trans fat helping to reduce the arterial blood pressure and it is considered an ideal food for people suffering from high blood pressure.
The brown rice that contains the cortical layers and germ, where beneficial nutrients can be found, ingredients such as phytonutrients antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, promoting thus the cardiovascular endurance by reducing the cholesterol levels in the body while containing high levels of neurotransmitter nutrients that can buffer the body towards Alzheimer's disease on a large scale.
Still, it helps to prevent particular diseases. The rice has a low glycemic index which means that this food is recommended by nutritionists to prevent certain diseases such as diabetes type 1 and 2 and cardiovascular diseases.
It is rich in resistant starch, which helps to the growth of beneficial bacteria for the normal bowel movement and helps treat dysentery. The rice hulls is considered as an effective drug in order to treat this disease. Finally, the Chinese believe that rice cures stomach ailments and indigestion problems.