Ntomatorizo, Greek tomato rice

Ntomatorizo, Greek tomato rice

I didn't get to leave France this summer so this is my way of traveling right now! I'm taking you to Greece to eat a delicious Ntomatorizo, a baked rice in tomato sauce and spices. It's so good and the perfect side to your BBQ session.

I have to admit I was wary of the texture the rice would have. Rice is sacred in this household, you don't messs with it. Well, I was not disappointed! It's not watery or mushy at all, it had a good texture and was well infused with all the flavors.

If you can't find allspice leaves, leave it aside! Pun intended. It adds flavors but I'm sure it'll taste just great without it.

I served this with an herby and spiced grilled chicken (cumin, oregano, thyme and black pepper), it was a hit. I can't wait to make chicken souvlakis to make this recipe again.

Ntomatorizo, Greek tomato rice (serves 4-6) :

  • 300g rice (long grain)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 allspice leaf
  • 1,2 liter of water
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 small tomato
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat the oven at 200°C/390°F.

Mince the onion and garlic finely.

Add a bit of olive oil to a sauce pan, sauté the garlic and onion.

Chop the tomato in very small pieces.

When the onion is fragrant and translucent, add the tomato paste, chopped tomato, bay and allspice leaves and cloves. Season with salt and pepper.

Let it cook for a minute, stirring. Then add the water and bring to a boil.

Put the uncooked rice in a deep oven safe dish (30cm is good).

Pour the water over the rice slowly, stir everything and bake for 30 minutes. The liquid must be completely gone. Stir every 10 or so minutes.

Serve warm with grilled meat for example.