If cooking lamb sounds a real task, then this is the recipe to get started. Surprisingly easy, but full of intense flavours and complex aromas, it is ideal for a red wine like Red Melody from ‘Oenou Yi – Ktima Vassiliades’.


  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 500 gr. lamb, cut into cubes
  • 2-3 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 3 ripe tomatoes, grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 allspice grains
  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 cups vegetable or meat broth, hot
  • salt and pepper

For serving:

  • Sheep yogurt
  • Parsley, finely chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Heat the butter in a saucepan and sauté the onion until it softens.
  2. Add the meat and let it brown slightly.
  3. Add the garlic, the grated tomatoes, salt, pepper, cinnamon and allspice.
  4. Stir for a while and then add hot water to cover the food.
  5. Cook for about 10 minutes and then add the rice, along with the broth.
  6. Boil for about 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. If necessary, add extra water.
  7. When all liquids have been absorbed, the food is ready. Serve it while hot, sprinkled with parsley, a tablespoon of sheep yogurt, freshly ground pepper and of course a glass of Red Melody from ‘Oenou Yi – Ktima Vassiliades’ for an incredible combination of flavours!

*Recipes and dishes presented on the website are not applied in the winery’s restaurant “PLAYIA“.