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Easy Leek Recipe with Rice and Carrots in Olive Oil

Leek Recipe
Leek Recipe

What is leek? In the winter months, leeks are undoubtedly one of the indispensible vegetables of the market and market stalls. It is famous with its resemblance to fresh onions. However, of course, it is much longer and thicker in size than a spring onion. It differs from fresh onion in taste. Leek vegetable tastes much sweeter than onions. Sauteed leeks have an unique sugary taste. When leeks are sauteed with oil, they caramelize and reveal their true taste. Leeks goes well with all kinds of vegetable recipes. It can also be used easily with potato dishes, soups and omelets. It can be cooked with almost any winter vegetable in winter dishes. The first thing that comes to mind is celery. Celery and leeks are like a perfect couple. A wonderful leek dish with celery is prepared by adding some lemon or orange juice, both with tomato paste and optinally with olive oil. You can also pair leeks with other vegetables. For example, you can prepare both very light and very healthy olive oil dishes by using carrots, sunchokes and potatoes.

Perhaps the most prominent among the leek benefits is that it is a low-calorie food. The fact that leek has only 50 calories in one, makes it stand out among diet foods. Leeks are rich in vitamins and iron. Leek is also known to be rich in dietary fiber. In addition, thanks to the antioxidant properties it contains, it is very beneficial for the body. Leeks can be consumed raw as well as cooked easily. If you do not like garlic or onions, leeks will easily replace these vegetables in your kitchen.

In our simple recipe, the dish we want to offer you this time is leek with rice and carrots. You will definitely want to prepare this easy vegetable recipe for your loved ones, consisting of fresh leeks sauteed with fresh carrots and then meeting with rice. When you eat the food, the light sweetness of the carrot and leek and the sourness of the lemon juice you squeeze into it add different flavors to the dish. If you want a very practical and very healthy suggestion for your dinner recipe, our recipe is for you. Since rice is included in the meal, its satiety comes to the fore. Thanks to the rice it contains, you will meet your carbohydrate needs and you will get the vitamins your body needs thanks to the fresh vegetables in the meal.

Tips For Leek Recipe Ideas

The most important tip for the taste of the dish is to use fresh vegetables. Therefore, the choice of fresh vegetables is very important. When choosing leeks, neither too thick nor too thin leeks should be chosen. The bright green leaves show that the leek is fresh.

When choosing carrots, you can choose carrots that look a little different instead of carrots that look the same as if they came out of the lathe. Your carrots should neither be too big nor too small.

Do not forget to wash the white rice we will use for food. When we wash the rice, we will get rid of its excess starch. In this way, our rice will be cleaner and the rice will not stick each other.

If you make the tomato paste and tomato sauce used for cooking at home from fresh tomatoes in summer, you food will be much more delicious and natural.

Sauteing the ingredients by stirring constantly in oil will allow the flavors of the food to blend into each other.

You can adjust the spices of the dish according to your taste.

Since there will be water loss while cooking, you should definitely check the food during cooking and add boiling water when you deem necessary.

You can use lemon slices while serving your food. In addition, it would be very appropriate to serve it with a bowl of yogurt next to the leek dish.

If your olive oil leek dish is too much, there is no harm in keeping it in the fridge for 1-2 days and eating it. Your food will not spoil in 1-2 days.       

Serving                  : 2-4 People

Preparation Time   : 20 Minutes

Cooking Time        : 45 Minutes

Leek Dish Ingredients

1 kg Sliced Leeks

2 Chopped Carrots

2 Tablespoons Washed White Rice

1 Chopped Onion

1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste

Half Cup Olive Oil (100 ml)

Quarter Lemon Juice

4 Tablespoons Tomato Sauce

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Ground Red Pepper

3 Cups (600 ml) Boiling Water

How to Cook Leeks ?

After washing 1 kg of leeks well, chop all the leeks in finger thickness.

Chop the carrots into rings.

Pour half a glass (100 ml) of olive oil into a saucepan.

Once the olive oil is hot, add 1 chopped onion.

And start sauteing the onions.

Then add the chopped carrots which are cut into rings.

Continue sauteing until the carrots are soft.

Add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste.

Mix the tomato paste well with the ingredients.

Add 4 tablespoons of homemade tomato sauce.

Mix all the ingredients well so that the flavors meld together.

Transfer all the chopped leeks to the pot.

Add 2 tablepoons of washed white rice to the pot.

Mix the ingredients well again.

Add 1 teaspoon of ground red pepper.

Add 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper.

Add 1 teaspoon of salt.

Stir well so that the spices and salt will combine with all the ingredients.

Add 2 cups (400 ml) boiling water.

Then close the lid of the pot and cook the food on medium heat for 35 minutes.

In the meantime, add 1 glass (200 ml) of boiling water to the food, as there will be water loss during the cooking.

Add the juice of a quarter lemon.

Mix the ingredients well and cook the dish on low heat for another 10-15 minutes.

Leek food is ready when the carrots and leeks are tender.

Serve the dish hot.

Enjoy your meal.

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