I wanted to share a recipe which began as filling for grape leaves, and turned into a dish of its own, and family favorite.
1.5 cups of rice
500 gr. Ground beef (we always have our beef freshly ground)
5 cloves of garlic, mashed
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 tbsp. tomato paste
Approx. 2 cups of boiling water
Pepper, paprika, cumin, oregano, thyme, nutmeg and other spices to taste
Chop onions finely and sautee with a bit of oil and soy sauce, in a wide pan or shallow pot with a lid. Add rice, meat and spices and stir for a couple of minutes until thoroughly mixed. Mix tomato paste with boiling water and pour over rice. Mix well. Cover and cook until rice is soft, stirring occasionally.
This is very easy and delicious, and can of course be used as filling for stuffed vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, cabbage leaves) although we like it on its own. Enjoy!