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Brazilian Arroz de Festa (Confetti Rice)

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"This is a traditional dish in my family at Christmas and other special occasions. It's nothing more than just dressing up our very simple but tasty Brazilian white rice and giving it a savory and sweet spin. Enjoy!"
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40 m servings 359
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir onion for 1 minute. Add garlic; cook until golden brown, about 1 minute. Add rice and salt; cook rice until it starts to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in hot water. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Place carrots in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Add green bell pepper and red bell pepper. Cook until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  3. Combine corn and 1 tablespoon butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Soak raisins, cranberries, and golden raisins in a bowl of hot water until puffed up, about 10 minutes. Drain.
  5. Remove rice from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Transfer to a large pot. Add carrot-bell pepper mixture, corn, and raisin mixture. Toss to distribute. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Use another long-grain rice in place of the basmati if preferred.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 359 calories; 8.4 69.4 6.1 8 488 Full nutrition

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