Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This one came from my mother-in-law. We eat lots of rice here in Brazil, and this recipe is an easy and tasty variation on the Brazilian pilaf.


  1. Put the rice and oil to fry in a small pan at high heat, stirring from time to time, until golden (about 5 minutes).
  2. At the same time put the water to boil.
  3. When the water is boiling, add it to the rice (take care, it will bubble violently).
  4. Add the salt.
  5. Turn the heat to low and put the lid loosely on the pan.
  6. Let it simmer for 12-15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  7. Remove from the heat and let it wait covered for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve as a side dish to any meat or with beans.
Most Helpful

We have been making this rice for ages together. I had "ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA" that this is a variation of Brazilian pilaf! WOW:) I have made rice this way also by substituting the water with Maggi vegetable broth with onions. Its DELICIOUS!!! This is an easy and wonderful side dish! Thanks for posting! I can't stop smiling thinking that this is a variation of Brazilian pilaf;)

Charishma_Ramchandani March 21, 2004

Oh gosh this is really a good way to make rice. I got this recipe from my uncle who also lives in Brazil.He grows rice on one of his ranches. I like to fry chopped onions into it also as a side dish for meats. Thank you.

glitter March 21, 2004

Made this tonight as a side for my BBQ pork ribs. I rate it 5 for ease of preparation and 3 for flavor, so 4 overall. I used basmati rice because I had it on hand, gave it a nice nutty flavor. I cooked the rice until pretty much all of it was golden brown and then added the water, be careful it boils big time when added. I may try it again with the long grain rice to see if I enjoy it any more. I enjoy trying new recipes so thanks for posting it Ekives.

MrBob June 30, 2008