Basic white rice (Brazilian Style)


  •  - 1/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
  •  - 1 cup white (long grain) rice (basmati or jasmine for example), washed
  •  - 2 cups water
  •  - 1 medium onion, finely chopped
     -  2 bay leafs
  •  - 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  •  - Pinch of salt

  • 1. Put the water to boil in a tea kettle.

  • 2. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil over medium high heat.

  • 3. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent. Then add the bayleaf.

  • 4. Add the raw washed rice and cook, stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn, until it starts forming clumps.

  • 5. Add the boiling water and the salt, cover and lower the heat to the lowest setting.

  • 6. Cook for 20 minutes or until there's no more water in the bottom. (You will see some holes forming in the surface and you won't hear any more water!)

  • 7. Turn the heat off and lift the cover slightly.
  •  Let the rice sit untouched for 5 more minutes.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.