Atzem Pilaf


Atzem Pilaf.. An incredible side dish. Full of flavor! Traditionally it is served with meat cooked in tomato sauce. I usually serve it with Soutzoukakia , they go so well together.

I once read that it’s actually a Persian recipe and that they add raisins and pine nuts. I have it in mind as a Turkish recipe widely cooked here in Greece and in Mediterranean cuisine in general.

It is cooked with butter and has a delicate flavor of garlic. It is very easy to make. Of course you have to stick to the recipe because it has certain proportions to use in order to have a nice result, we don’t want to make risotto we want to make pilaf.  Have you ever tried it?



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Atzem Pilaf

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4-5

Atzem pilaf is a Turkish recipe widely cooked in Greece. It’s very tasty and it goes well with all kinds of meat.


  • 6 tablespoons butter plus one more tablespoon for noodles
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup vermicelli, crushed in little pieces
  • 4 cups rice
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Heat a saucepan, add butter and garlic. Sauté garlic until golden brown from both sides. Remove.
  • Add rice and continue sautéing for 2 minutes.
  • Pour your boiled water in the pot and add the bouillon cube.
  • Let simmer and stir frequently.
  • When ALMOST all fluids are absorbed and rice is almost ready withdraw from heat and let it cool down for 30 minutes. Season to taste.
  • Heat one tablespoon butter in a saucepan and add your noodles.
  • Sauté until golden brown.
  • Mix in with rice and serve.
  • Serve!!





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