Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Quick and simple, this is nice with any fried meat or fish. Serve something green like salad, green beans or peas alongside for a nice contrast of colors. NOTE: Edited version for improved rice-water-ratio.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil, fry garlic until fragant but don't let it brown; Add tomates, stir until hot.
  2. Add rice, basil, salt,(sugar, red pepper) and water; Bring to a boil, reduce heat to minimum and cook covered until done, 18-20 minutes.
  3. Add black pepper and a little more fresh chopped basil if you like and serve garnished with some basil leaves.


Most Helpful

Made this for lunch today and turned out great! I agree that it needs a bit more water or tomatoes (I used cut up frozen tomatoes from the freezer that I had from my mother this summer) and put more than a cup in, making this recipe turn out really good!

Megan R. November 13, 2016

I had to mess around with this because I had already dumped some rice in some water for another recipe (then realized I was missing an ingredient) so the amount of water I used might not have been right. I was also almost out of garlic so I only had one clove for a double batch. I used fresh tomatoes and dried basil. This was so good and easy, I am sure I will make it often! (Originally reviewed 4/8/10) Update: I made this again following the directions and think it does not have enough water as written. Some of the rice was not quite cooked. I would use 1 1/2 c. of water next time.

evewitch April 14, 2010

I really enjoyed it! Awesome recipe. The only thing I would say is that I had to add more water during the cooking process. Also, steemed spinich was a great extra for it! Thanks again!

teaborg May 26, 2006

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