White rice is the main side dish made in Brazil. This is the way my mom would make it and taught my sister and I. What makes this so different is that we fry it in oil with minced onion and garlic before adding water. You can also use part water, part chicken broth. The secret is to not let it overcook because it should come out loose and not sticky.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the rice in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water; set aside.

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  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion in the oil for one minute. Stir in the garlic and cook until the garlic is golden brown. Add the rice and salt and cook and stir until the rice begins to brown. Pour hot water over rice mixture and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan, and allow to simmer until the water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

201 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 37.5g 12% DV; fat 3.7g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 296.8mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
This simple little twist on basic white rice is like putting whipped cream and a cherry on an ice cream sundae. It's still the same, but delightfully enhanced. To give the recipe it's proper chance, I made it exactly as written--with the exception of using olive oil for the vegetable oil-- and we were simply delighted. There will be other opportunities in the future to play with it, assuming I'd even want to. I served this with "Baked Orange Roughy with Veggies" (also from this site) and sauteed baby spinach. Perfect. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/21/2013
Tastes like rice. Bland. Read More
(14)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2008
This simple little twist on basic white rice is like putting whipped cream and a cherry on an ice cream sundae. It's still the same, but delightfully enhanced. To give the recipe it's proper chance, I made it exactly as written--with the exception of using olive oil for the vegetable oil-- and we were simply delighted. There will be other opportunities in the future to play with it, assuming I'd even want to. I served this with "Baked Orange Roughy with Veggies" (also from this site) and sauteed baby spinach. Perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2007
What a simple but savory way to make rice! I followed the recipe exactly except I had no onion and subbed a shallot and the instructions and timing are perfect--my rice wasn't sticky! The flavor is delicious as is but this will become a base for other dishes with endless possibilities for additions. Thank you for sharing a family treasure Nandabear. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/07/2007
This is a perfect way to change up regular old rice. I didn/t measure the onions and used 3 smallish cloves of garlic and it was perfect! Wonderful that it didn't stick together! I will make this all the time! I did add a splash of veingar to mine as I ate it.....I am just wierd like that! Thanks Nanda! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2007
Nanda I'm so happy to be the very first to review your recipe! My rice loving kids gave this an immediate thumbs up. I halved the rice; basmati in this case but kept the garlic and onion amounts the same. Also replaced the veg oil with evoo. This went great with the pepper steak I made. Thank so much darlin'!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2010
WOW!! This was a VERY nice way to jazz up white rice! I usually only buy brown rice but this was suggested to me so I bought white rice to try it! I followed the recipe as is and it turned out perfect! My hubs kept telling me how wonderful it smelled while I was cooking it! So glad Crazy Cat Lady "CCL" and K-dub recommened this to me because honestly I would haven't come across the dish myself! I'll be making this dish again!!:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2007
Very nice & simple rice dish. I soaked some brown basmati rice for a little health touch then cooked as directed in the recipe using a bit of extra chicken broth I had with the water. Did a little fusion cooking tonight serving Brazilian rice with Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps and they went well together. Thanks for the recipe Nandabear! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2007
This rice was so easy to make it was so good I did add 2 more tablespoons each of minced onion garlic 1 more tablespoon oil 1 tablespoon of parsly I add some shrimp and if I could I would give this rice 100 stares Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2011
I made this for my clients and they really liked it! I didn't get to taste it but they gave it the thumbs up! Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/01/2007
Thank you Nanda for a great recipe! The water did not all absorb for me put I think I need to use a better pan next time with a tighter fitting lid. I simmered for 10 more minutes than stated and it was fine. We ate this with Hawaiian Chili from this site. Thanks for the satisfying yummy meal! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/21/2013
Tastes like rice. Bland. Read More
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