I got this recipe from a friend's husband a few years ago, when he cooked a lunch for his wife and me when we were cramming for an exam. He made a delicious lunch. I liked the main dish very much, but the rice was so impressively delicious that I couldn't help but ask for the recipe.
Gonzalo readily gave me his secret(?) recipe to make tasty rice in Peruvian style. It was easy enough to remember right away and scrumptious enough to make it over and over.
I found that this Peruvian rice is a good accompaniment for just any main dish since it doesn't taste too bold, but not too plain either. I would recommend this rice for any occasion. Hope you like it too. It's one wonderfully simple recipe.
Here goes the recipe for the rice in Peruvian style~
2 cups basmati (or long grain) rice, washed and drained
1-2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 + 1/2 cups cold water or upto the gradation marking for 2 cups of rice cooker
(Oops. I forgot to take an "ingredients" shot)
The amount of salt Gonzalo told me was this much :), but I just quantified it.
1. Heat the olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat for about 30 seconds - 1 minute, but not until it's browned.
2. Add water and salt, and then rice. Cook until done. If you cook in a rice cooker, you can leave it until done. If you cook it on stovetop, Turn the heat up to bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down as low as it can go, and then cover. Cook for 15 minutes.
3. Turn the heat off and fluff the rice with a fork.
While cooking it, you will smell a heaven. It's just so simple, isn't it?
I'm sure anybody who would a very small scoop of this Peruvian rice would love it.
As I said above, any main dish would be a nice match with this one! :)
You can check my other rice recipes here:
Peruvian Style Rice