Lemony Mediterranean rice with chickpeas (pressure cooker or stove top)
A lemony, Mediterranean style rice dish with chickpeas that's equally as delicious as a simple side dish as delicious lunch leftovers. It's healthy, economical, and ready in just 20 to 25 minutes, depending on whether you make it in a pressure cooker or on the stove top.
To add after cooking (dill and feta both optional)
2tablespoonsfresh dill(chopped) plus a little extra for sprinkling over the top
2ouncesfeta cheese(crumbled over the top)
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Heat the olive oil in the pressure cooker on the saute function. Alternatively, heat it on the stove top.
Add the chopped onion and soften for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic and stir for another few seconds.
Add the oregano and rice. Stir fry for about a minute until the rice starts to go translucent.
Add the stock, chickpeas, the zest and juice of 1 lemon, and salt and pepper. If using the pressure cooker, cook on high pressure (manual) for 6 minutes. Do a quick release of the pressure. If cooking on the stove top, simmer for around 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Stir every now and again during cooking.
Stir the dill (if using) through the rice. Serve as a side or in bowls for lunch with the feta crumbled over the top if you like and a little extra dill. Also let everyone squeeze over a little more lemon juice to taste.
Pressure cooker or stove top? Both of these methods take about the same time as you have to wait for a pressure cooker to come to pressure before it starts cooking. However the pressure cooker/Instant Pot method is more hands-off!What kind of rice to use. I usually use either plain long grain rice, or risotto/arborio rice. But you can also use short grain, basmati or jasmine rice. Using risotto rice will get you results more like a classic risotto. The other types will yield a drier result, more like a pilaf than a risotto. Both types are delicious.Should you wash the rice first? No, don't do this. You'll get a creamier result because you won't have washed away the starch.