This is a very simple healthy traditional Greek dish, which could be served on its own, as a starter, or as a side dish to accompany a main course.
1,5kg spinach washed and chopped
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 onion chopped
4-5 spring onions chopped
¼ cup dill chopped
1 cup tomatoes chopped
1 cup long-grain rice
2 cups hot water
salt and pepper
Heat the olive oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Add the onions and the spring onions and sauté for 5-10 minutes until softened but not browned. Add the tomatoes, water, salt, pepper and then the spinach, and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it decreases in volume.
Add the rice mix all the ingredients and bring to the boil. Then lower the heat and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for about 10 minutes (depending on the type of rice) until the rice is cooked and all the liquid has evaporated. Remove the pan from the heat, fluff up the rice and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. It can be served some more extra virgin olive oil on top and a handful of freshly chopped dill.
This dish is usually served with Greek-style yogurt, Greek feta cheese, or good-quality black Kalamata olives.