Portuguese rice. Simple, easy and ready in just under 15 minutes – this delicious rice recipe is perfect for quick weeknight meals. The hint of spice from the chilies gives a unique touch and flavor to this classic rice.
The fact is I am really into quick and easy recipes these days. And I’m totally excited to share this super easy and delicious recipe with you today. I cook with rice very often, and I’m always thinking about new ways to enjoy this humble ingredient.
So say hello to this mildly spiced Portuguese rice recipe.
It’s basically a very classic Portuguese style recipe, and I love the idea of infusing rice with so many spices to make it super flavorful and pretty. In short, this recipe is all about getting a little creative with humble rice to make it look beautiful as well as taste very delicious.
The traditional Portuguese rice is very spicy, but feel free to add more or less chilies depending on your taste. In this recipe, the heat comes from dried red chili flakes. However, you can also add a few birdseye chilies to make it more authentic.
The recipe starts with a quick stir-fry of onions, bell peppers (capsicum), and crushed garlic in hot oil. You’ll also need to add in few spices like ground turmeric, ground cumin, and smoked paprika. Give it a quick stir, and stir-fry rice in this mixture for a few minutes.
Now it’s time to cook this Portuguese rice. Cover with plenty of water, season with a chicken cube (or veg cube if you’re vegetarian), and squeeze in lemon juice. When rice is nearly done, add in green peas, and let it cook along with the rice.
Finally, garnish with plenty of coriander (cilantro) or parsley leaves for that final touch. I served this rice with a side of an extra special dish I’ll be sharing with you in my next post. So stay tuned. Meanwhile, serve this beautiful yellow rice with your favorite curry.
This Portuguese rice is seriously so good, you must make it for dinner tonight.
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Amy Wilson says
I made this last night and the recipe was perfect. Everybody in our family liked it. Thanks for the recipe.
Elsy Mathews says
This looks scrumptious!
Delicious and accompanied my roasted chicken and vegetables! This will be a recipe I take with me to Australia to enjoy with my family/Grandkids.
Unfortunately the rice was undercooked by following the method. I added 2 extra cups of liquid and it was still a little crunchy. Not sure what went wrong but next time I will halve the rice quantity.
Rose Mary George says
Cooking times may vary depending on the type of rice you use (I used basmati rice). Please refer to the instructions on the rice package.Hope that helps!
Nisha paul says
What is smoked paprika
Rose Mary George says
It’s a red spice with different range of heat levels, very similar to red chilli powder. 🙂