How to Make Mom's Style Brazilian Rice With Vegetables
Rice the Brazilian Way
What I think sets the Brazilian style apart from the other cultures (at least the ones whose cuisines I've tried) is the use of garlic in the preparation of the rice. Garlic gives the rice and the dish as a whole a more flavourful taste, it's almost as if you used a combination of spices when in reality it was just garlic.
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It really depends on how you serve it, whether it is the main dish or a side. If serving as a side, there may even be enough for 6 servings, but if just serving as is, 3 people may find that there isn't enough food. You could also double the recipe if expecting a large company over for dinner.
- 1 cup rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 pepper
- 1 tomato
- 1 onion
- 2-3 pieces garlic
- salt, to taste
- green onion
- other spices, to taste
- 3 tbsp cooking oil
First, cut all your vegetables. The garlic can be chopped into very tiny pieces or you can leave it in a few larger pieces.
Next, get a medium sized frying pan (or large, if you're doubling the recipe) and heat it on medium heat. Add the 3 tbsp oil, onion and garlic. Fry for around 2-3 minutes. Use this time to wash the rice with cold water.
Now, it is time to add the rest of the ingredients to the frying pan. Add the water last. The water should fully cover the rice. If there isn't enough, use more water or add more later on as required.
When Will it be Ready?
Cook for around 20 minutes on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. The rice should be soft when you taste it.