Gigantes plaki is a traditional Greek mezze recipe, an accompaniment to raki, ouzo, tsipouro or even wine.
Beans are among the most nutritious foods providing myriad health benefits and rice is considered a healthy choice too. But beans served with rice is a power food combination! This is why my recipe, Gigantes plaki with thyme-infused Pilaf, is a power food combination! The beans amino acids are considered to complement the rice amino acids, thus, when consumed together, these two provide high quality protein!
By simmering the ingredients and not cooking them in olive oil until brown, and by adding the olive oil when the dish is cooked, just before removing from the heat, we make our food much much lighter and easy to digest.
We choose to pre-soak the beans overnight for best digestion and in order to shorten cooking time. Just discard the shriveled beans and any small stones.
I prefer beans with paprika and not in tomato sauce, because this way they are super digestible and light.