I’m sure it’s no surprise to my regular readers that I decided to make rice with the Brazilian black beans I wrote about earlier this week. I’m not sure if this is how they’re traditionally served, but I love my rice and beans! And to be honest, I’m not sure I know how to have beans without rice. So without any further ado, let’s get the Brazilian take on rice.
So what’s so special about the way Brazilians cook rice? The way we season it! We add onions and garlic to the rice and it makes all the difference in the world. Just trust me on this one. I dare you try my way and tell me you prefer plain tasteless rice instead. I know (I simply know!) that you will never go back to eating boring unseasoned rice again.
Along with plain old water, this picture shows all the ingredients for Brazilian rice. Seriously, five basic items and water is all you need. I actually had everything on hand, so there was no grocery shopping required to make this recipe. How awesome is that?!
This recipe was slightly more effort than cooking plain rice, but not much. Here is how my time broke down:
- 6 minutes to prep
- 27 minutes to cook
- 5 minutes to rest
- 38 minutes total
The extra work is chopping and cooking the onion and garlic plus cooking the rice a bit (steps 1-4). Those steps took me 13 minutes, and the rest was letting the rice cook then rest. All in all, Brazilian rice is very easy to make and doesn’t require any special equipment or techniques.