authentic Brazilian-style white rice

by Stevie on January 26, 2012

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This is one of those recipes that is so simple, one wonders why it should even be written. Though I had no idea how to prepare flavorful white rice until I met Heguiberto. It was not something in my culinary universe. If pressed, I’d just toss the rice in with some boiling water and let it cook. But that never tastes very good.

authentic Brazilian-style white rice

authentic Brazilian-style white rice

This is the traditional recipe Heguiberto’s Brazilian mother taught. I’ve travelled to Brazil several times now and his sisters make it in just the same way. We tend to use Thai jasmine rice at home, though any will do.

authentic Brazilian-style white rice

1 cup Thai jasmine rice or similar
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Kosher salt
2 cups water

Add olive oil and salt to a medium saucepan on high heat. Once oil heats up, add rice. Stir to coat with oil. Next add water and bring to a boil, covered, stirring occasionally. Keeping pan covered, reduce to simmer. Stir during simmer. Cook until all water absorbed. Remove from heat, and let sit covered about 5 minutes. Fluff and serve.

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Su January 26, 2012 at 1:37 am

Beautifull… simple and yet so satisfying. This is also the Portuguese way, so I know it very well. And the funny thing is that I just love to it when it’s allready cold in the pan 😛
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Devaki @ weavethousandflavors January 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

This is very nice Hegui – I have never cooked rice in olive oil before but I am going to soon as soon as I go get me some jasmine rice 🙂

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Alaiyo Kiasi January 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm

This rice looks so fluffy and the color is rich. Did the olive oil contribute the slightly yellow hue to the rice? If that’s the case, I will be cooking Brazilian-style rice from now on. 🙂 Miss your visits!
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Heguiberto January 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Hi Alayio,
Yes it does tint the rice a little bit. I think the flavor is singular! Let us know how yours turns out to be!

Magic of Spice February 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm

What a lovely way to cook rice…I will have to try this 🙂
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