How to Make Mom's Style Brazilian Rice With Vegetables

Updated on March 28, 2018
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Janisa loves eating and experimenting in the kitchen. She enjoys creating new recipes and homemade versions of popular store-bought foods.

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I used 1/4 cup wild rice and 3/4 cup white rice to give the dish a restaurant-style look.
I used 1/4 cup wild rice and 3/4 cup white rice to give the dish a restaurant-style look.

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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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: serves 4

Servings

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

First, cut all your vegetables. The garlic can be chopped into very tiny pieces or you can leave it in a few larger pieces.

Step one

Chop the veggies.
Chop the veggies.

Frying

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.

Cooking

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.

Step Three

It may look like there are too many veggies now, but they will shrink in size during the cooking process.
It may look like there are too many veggies now, but they will shrink in size during the cooking process.

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.

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      • JanisaChatte profile imageAUTHOR

        Janisa 

        4 weeks ago from Earth

        @PeggyWoods,

        Spices and vegetables could easily be altered depending on what you have at hand and what you like. It's a very flexible recipe :)

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        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Your rice recipe looks delicious and I particularly like all of the vegetables in it. Spices could be altered to taste which is also nice. Thanks!

      • JanisaChatte profile imageAUTHOR

        Janisa 

        2 months ago from Earth

        @Linda It depends on your preferences. I only started cooking meat dishes very recently,so I used to eat most of my dishes as are, or sometimes accompanied by fish. However, now I'm living with a Brazilian family and here nearly everything is accompanied with meat and I must admit that rice with some chicken in lemon sauce tastes my better than just plain rice :D

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        Linda Bryen 

        2 months ago from United Kingdom

        Your rice looks delicious and colourful. Well done. I must try it one day. Do you accompany it with meat or eat it as it is?

      • vespawoolf profile image

        vespawoolf 

        5 months ago from Peru, South America

        This rice looks delicious and easy to make. I especially enjoy garlic in rice dishes. Thank you for sharing your mother’s recipe.

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