Vegetable and Rice “Strata” | Vegan Pugliese Tiella without Mussels

It’s been a while but I’m back in the kitchen. Thank you for the support! 🤗 here is a beautiful rainbow colored veg dish that will make your tastebuds and body happy. 

Thank you to @becomeanapuliancook_online_ for showing me this technique of layering rice and vegetables in the Tagine! She made her dish classic Puglia style with mussels, and topped with breadcrumbs and pecorino. I didn’t have mussels so I made it a veggie party. It’s delicious and simple. It’s only flavoured with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley. The veggies steam and make a nice broth for the rice to cook in. Try it on the stovetop with a skillet and lid if you don’t have a Tagine. I served with crusty bread and was so happy. I also added an egg. See recipe for more tips.

Vegetable and Rice “Strata”

Ingredients (for 6): 

  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 cup rice, soaked for 30 min
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • Veg cut in thin slice (I.e. 2 potato, 1 turnip, 2 zucchini, 12 cherry tomato, 2 bell pepper)
  • About 1 cup rice
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • pepper
  • Olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine or sake(optional)

Layer onions on bottom. Then toss all veg in a bowl with salt and pepper. Layer ½ veg then ½ rice and repeat to end with veg. Pour some water and wine if using to come up halfway in Tagine/pan (tilt to check). Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes or rice and potatoes are soft to the bite. Serve with pecorino cheese and/or toasted breadcrumbs.

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To your wholesome & healthy life, 


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