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Brazilian White Rice


"White rice is the main side dish made in Brazil. This is the way my mom would make it and taught my sister and I. What makes this so different is that we fry it in oil with minced onion and garlic before adding water. You can also use part water, part chicken broth. The secret is to not let it overcook because it should come out loose and not sticky."
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45 m servings 201 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Calories:
  • 201 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 37.5g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 297 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Place the rice in a colander and rinse thoroughly with cold water; set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion in the oil for one minute. Stir in the garlic and cook until the garlic is golden brown. Add the rice and salt and cook and stir until the rice begins to brown. Pour hot water over rice mixture and stir. Reduce heat to low, cover the saucepan, and allow to simmer until the water has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

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This simple little twist on basic white rice is like putting whipped cream and a cherry on an ice cream sundae. It's still the same, but delightfully enhanced. To give the recipe it's proper cha...

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Tastes like rice. Bland.

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This simple little twist on basic white rice is like putting whipped cream and a cherry on an ice cream sundae. It's still the same, but delightfully enhanced. To give the recipe it's proper cha...

What a simple but savory way to make rice! I followed the recipe exactly, except I had no onion and subbed a shallot, and the instructions and timing are perfect--my rice wasn't sticky! The flav...

This is a perfect way to change up regular old rice. I didn/t measure the onions and used 3 smallish cloves of garlic and it was perfect! Wonderful that it didn't stick together! I will make...

Nanda, I'm so happy to be the very first to review your recipe! My rice loving kids gave this an immediate thumbs up. I halved the rice; basmati in this case, but kept the garlic and onion amoun...

WOW!! This was a VERY nice way to jazz up white rice! I usually only buy brown rice but this was suggested to me so I bought white rice to try it! I followed the recipe as is and it turned out p...

Very nice & simple rice dish. I soaked some brown basmati rice, for a little health touch, then cooked as directed in the recipe, using a bit of extra chicken broth I had with the water. Did a...

This rice was so easy to make,it was so good I did add 2 more tablespoons each of minced onion,garlic,1 more tablespoon oil,1 tablespoon of parsly, I add some shrimp and if I could I would give ...

I made this for my clients and they really liked it! I didn't get to taste it, but they gave it the thumbs up! Thanks for a great recipe!

Thank you, Nanda, for a great recipe! The water did not all absorb for me, put I think I need to use a better pan next time with a tighter fitting lid. I simmered for 10 more minutes than stated...