Brazilian Garlic Rice

Brazilian Garlic Rice

Rice is a staple in Brazilian cuisine. Most Brazilians season rice with garlic only but you can also add finely chopped onions and herbs. Once in a while I add sultanas to my rice. It adds a little bit of sweeteness to it.

Useful Info: 
  • One cup of uncooked rice yields 3 cups of cooked rice and it will serve 3 to 5 people. 
  • When cooking rice the amount of water is always double the amount of rice; 1 cup rice and 2cups water; 1 1/2 cup rice and 3 cups water.
  • Because rice triples in size when cooked, make sure you use a pan that can fit the that amount.  
  • Brown rice doesn't really need washing. 
  • Actually you don't really need to wash white rice but I prefer. 
  • If you choose to wash the rice, use a sieve and wash it under running water. Turn off the tap then shake the sieve to let excess water run then tap the sieve with rice on a dishcloth to help absorb more water. Better yet leave it on the cloth or standing on a bowl for 5 minutes.
  • If you forgot to boil the water, no worries. Just put cold water and wait until it boils. It just takes longer.
  • To check if the rice is done get a spatula, or a fork, or a spoon and part the rice in the middle to see if the water is all gone. 
  • After the rice is cooked turn off the heat and let the rice stand for 10 minutes with the lid on. This will help the rice not be sticky.  

what you need
  • 1 cup long grain white rice like Jasmine or Basmatti (my favorite)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (olive oil or coconut oil are also great to use if you like their taste)
Option: If you want to use brown rice follow the same procedure but cook for 30-35 minutes.

Serve 3 / 5 

  When the garlic begins to change colorput the rice in the pan and fry it.  Keep stirring and frying the rice for about 1 1/2 min. (oops forgot to take pic)
 Add the hot/boiling water and salt. If you forgot to put the water to boil it's OK. It will just take a bit longer for the rice and water to boil. If you are not sure if the salt is enough try a bit of the water. Just get a bit of the water with a spoon and taste it. Be careful not burn your tongue :) 

Stir removing rice that got stuck on the sides of the pan.

 After it boils (which is almost immediately because you used boiling water) turn the heat to the LOWEST setting and cover the pan. Let it cook for 12 to 18 minutes. It will greatly depend the stove temperature. So after 12 minutes start checking your rice.To know if the rice is ready part the rice in the middle with a spatula. If the there is no more water then the rice is ready.


Turn off the stove and leave the rice in the pan with the lid on for 10 minutes. This will help the rice become fluffy and not sticky.

It's ready!

Updated August 27, 2015

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