Leeky Delights: Exploring the Rich Flavors of Prasorizo – A Traditional Greek Rice Dish

 Prasorizo (πρασόρυζο) is the name of the traditional Greek leek rice dish. Just like spinach rice, leek rice is a simple, country dish that is straightforward to make, and healthy. You can enjoy prasorizo as a main dish, especially during periods of fasting. However, you can have this as a side dish. 

Ideal if you are a vegan, you need the following ingredients to make prasorizo: Greek olive oil, leeks, garlic clove, rice, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. 

Leeks are pretty healthy. This onion-like taste vegetable contains vitamins like A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, E, and K. Moreover, it consists of valuable minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.

This prasorizo recipe, which is great if you are fasting, serves 4 persons and takes around 20 minutes to prepare and 60 minutes to cook. 

Prasorizo (Greek Leek Rice)

Prasorizo - Ingredients

  • ½ cup Greek extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 3 leeks, trimmed off the hard part of the greens, cleaned and coarsely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or canned plum tomatoes
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prasorizo - How to Make

  1. Start this authentic prasorizo recipe by taking a deep pan and adding the olive oil.
  2. Heat the olive oil over low heat. 
  3. Add the chopped leeks and cook them until wilted, for about 8 to 10 minutes. 
  4. Add the garlic and stir the mixture to coat in the olive oil.
  5. Add the rice and stir to coat. 
  6. Stir in the tomatoes, water, salt, and pepper to taste. 
  7. Reduce the heat, cover, and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the rice becomes tender for about 25 minutes.
  8. Serve drizzled with olive oil.

If you like prasorizo, you can try lahanorizo and spanakorizo. Enjoy!