Cured Jordanian Olives Rice Dish

Short before the rainy season the Jordanian olive harvesting time starts. Unfortunately, until today, I didn´t get the chance to be part of the procedure, but a Jordanian friend of mine told me all about it and of course, she brought me samples of cured olives to try. First time I tried them, I was surprised by the taste, but after a while, this kind of cured olives became one of my favourite Jordanian ingredient or snack in between. But, how to cure them? – It is totally easy but intense. First of all, the olives need to be ripe – then you need to break or cut every single olive by hand (this is the intense part) since it helps to get a fuller taste. Then put the olives together with sliced organic lemons and sliced green hot chillies into a preserve can, and let them rest for a few weeks. These olives are fantastic as a cold dish combined with some Halloumi Cheese or with the Chili Rice recipe below.

          INGREDIENTS for 4 servings

  • 250 g basmati rice
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 fresh hot chilies
  • A handful of dry tomatoes
  • 500 g tomato sauce
  • 3 fresh tomatoes
  • A bunch of fresh basil
  • 200 g Feta cheese
  • 20 pieces cured (Jordanian) olives
  • 1 organic lemon
  • Black tea and some fresh mint leaves

           INSRUCTIONS

  1. Cook the rice (2 cups rice = 4 cups water) with a pinch of salt.
  2. Cut the chilies, dry tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and a handful fresh basil into small pieces.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the fresh tomatoes, cook them until the water is almost absorbed.
  4. Then, add the chilies, dry tomatoes and the fresh basil and let them cook for 10 more minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes sauce and the pressed garlic, cook for 20 more minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, cut the lemon into slices and the Feta cheese into small bite size pieces.
  7. After it is finished cooking, serve the rice with the tomato sauce, Feta cheese, some fresh basil, the lemon slices and the cured olives.

           Tip: Sprinkle the meal with some olive oil and some fresh lemon juice.

Enjoy the meal with black tea and fresh peppermint leaves.

Cheers with sunbeams.

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