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Basmati rice with greens and almonds

Basmati rice with greens and almonds

  • Dairy Free
  • Diet Friendly
  • Egg Free
  • Fiber Rich
  • Gluten Free
  • Pot
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • 30 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy


I generally find rice kind of dull… It certainly is not one of my favorite foods. I feel it nees “company” to be tasty. This particular recipe, I ought to my beloved yoga teacher, Elena. She had us over for dinner once, and there I tried this sooo tasty and simple, yet unique combination of greens and almonds. When I asked her how she made it, I realized it’s a dish that can be an everyday meal at home but also be served as a sidedish at a formal dinner.

You can use any green vegetables that you like, or whatever you have left in the fridge! I personally do not eat green pepper, as I have trouble digesting it, but you can use green or even hot pepper if you are a fan. So, this is a basic idea, which you can alter depending on your inspiration. Elena used almonds, and that is how I make this dish as well, because they are full of protein and calcium. If you don’t like almonds though, you can use your favorite nuts.

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4 tbsp melted odourless coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
200gr spinach, chopped
50gr kale, chopped if you can find it, not absolutely necessary, you can use some more spinach instead
1 zucchini, diced
1 fresh onion, chopped
50gr peas fresh or frozen
juice from 1 lemon
100gr basmati rice
2 handfulls raw almonds or other nuts



Stir fry your greens and almonds with the 2 tbsp of oil for about 3-4 mins. Pour the lemon juice, stir well and set aside.


Stir fry the rice in another pot with the other 2 tbsp of oil for about 1-2 mins, until you see it turning slightly whiter.


Add water (1.5 times cups of the rice, measure it in a cup so you know exactly how much water you need) and let it boil for 15 mins over medium heat. Try the rice and see if you like it, if you want it softer let it boil for 3-5 mins more.


Once the rice is ready, add the veggies and almonds in the same pot and stir to incorporate.

Extra Tips

If your rice ends up with more moisture use a towel to cover the pot and place the lid on top for about 10 mins, to absorb it.

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Goji Mary

Είμαι η Μαρία και λατρεύω τη μαγειρική. Η κουζίνα είναι το βασίλειό μου, όπου δημιουργώ για μένα και τους αγαπημένους μου, υγιεινά γεύματα και γλυκά... γιατί τι είναι η ζωή χωρίς γλυκό?! Νέες, ελαφριές, υγιεινές και νόστιμες συνταγές, εμπνευσμένες από τις αναμνήσεις των γλυκών παιδικών μου χρόνων αλλά και από άλλους μάγειρες και μαγείρισσες που μοιραζόμαστε το ίδιο πάθος!

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