Middle Eastern Rice and Smashed Chickpea Bowl

This vegetarian rice bowl is a simple and hearty lunch that only takes minutes to prepare. Try with Success® Basmati Rice.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 5 Mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 10 Mins
Servings SERVES 4
Ready in TOTAL TIME 15 Mins


  • 2 bags Success® Basmati Rice
  • 1 can (19 oz) chickpeas
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup diced cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp za’atar seasoning


  • Flavorful and filling, this rice bowl topped with a blend of Greek yogurt and za’atar seasoning makes for a simple Middle Eastern Inspired meal perfect for an on the go lunch or a quick weeknight dinner side dish. Try with Success® Basmati Rice.

    Step 1

  • Prepare rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, mash chickpeas with potato masher or fork.

    Step 2

  • Top rice with smashed chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh mint.

    Step 3

  • Serve with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle of za’atar seasoning.

    Pro Tips

    Let kids help with prep by mashing the chickpeas so they are involved with the food preparation.

    For a loaded rice bowl, add spinach, black olives, and crumbled feta cheese.

    Although this bowl is perfect as a filling vegetarian meal, feel free to top on more protein like pre-cooked shredded chicken and hard-boiled eggs.

    Want to give your dish a Greek Spin? Swap out the yogurt and za’atar seasoning for store-bought tzatziki sauce.

Elevate your meal!

This simple yet tasty rice bowl is made with a few ingredients that require little to no cooking so you can enjoy a meal in just 15 minutes!

Not to mention, one great way to elevate a simple meal in a bowl is by using fresh herbs like mint leaves or seasonings like Za’atar spice. Looking for more tips to elevate your meals in a bowl? Check out our guide for more easy and delicious rice and quinoa bowls.

What is Za’atar spice?

If you’ve never tried this Middle Eastern inspired seasoning, Za’atar is a mixture of herbs and spices such as sumac, oregano, thyme, marjoram, salt and toasted sesame seeds. Some combinations vary by adding in black pepper or spicy chili flakes.

This mixture can be used in a variety of ways to season meats, vegetables or legumes, toss into salads or rice bowls, mix with dips like hummus or simply blend with oil or yogurt as we have in this recipe.