Croatian Rizi-Bizi (Rice and Green Peas)

Total Time
50mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is very popular side dish in Croatia, served with various meats and sauces. It is almost inevitable Sunday side dish with roasted or fried chicken. The recipe is with fresh green peas removed from shucks but it can be done with canned or frozen peas. This recipe is from Cooking High School in Zagreb, 1st year, slightly adopted to avoid too many steps and dishes (they, students, don’t wash their dishes).

Directions

  1. Sauté finely minced onion on butter and when transparent add green peas and parsley leaves (it will be even better if you use baby onions).
  2. Add some water and cook until green peas are almost soft (skip this if you use canned green peas, just sauté onion a bit). At the moment peas are soft; all liquid must evaporate, but be careful not to burn green peas.
  3. Add some more butter and whole rice. Sauté it until rice become greasy with butter, than add water, salt and pepper. Usual measure of the manufacturer for cooking rice is 1:3 (rice: water), so do it as they say.
  4. Cook rice stirring occasionally until rice is done.
  5. Put rice in casserole pot (greased with some butter) and put it in preheated oven (180°C) for 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Most Helpful

I loved this, a good way to cook rice, buttery, a little crunchy and with wonderful flavour from the onions and parsley. I'm embarrassed to admit that I forgot the peas.... I KNOW! I was using frozen, and wanted to add them closer to the end of the cooking time... and in the end, completely forgot until I was taking photos, and thought, where's the peas......!! next time! Very very good, served with Chicken Rama in Thai Peanut Sauce for a delicious supper!

Karen Elizabeth February 25, 2009

Oh, this is yummy! I especially like the slightly crunchy rice on top, after it comes out of the oven. My only issue is that the peas get overdone (to my taste) with the long cooking. I used arborio rice and frozen green peas. The next time I think I'll not saute the peas with the onions (I used green onions) but rather add them with the rice. I'll report back when I have tried it that way. Thanks for posting this, nitko!

BarbryT June 29, 2008