Garlic & coriander rice

Garlic & coriander rice

Arroz de alho com coentros

By
From
Lisbon
Serves
4 as a side
Photographer
Steven Joyce

This wonderfully fragrant green rice is great with both meat and fish.

Be sure to use really fresh coriander (cilantro) as it is a key component in this dish – coriander that is even slightly too old can have an unpleasant flavour. Coriander is native to southern Europe and is often found growing wild. It is used very widely in Portuguese cooking, and cooks are extremely picky about its quality and freshness when they go shopping.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
400g long-grain rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
generous pinch salt
4 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste
100g coriander, leaves picked and chopped, stems reserved and finely chopped

Method

  1. Place the rice in a bowl and rinse it in three changes of cold water. Cover with fresh cold water and leave to soak while you cook the onion.
  2. Place a large saucepan with a lid over a medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the chopped onion and the salt. Sauté for 10–12 minutes until the onion is translucent, then add the garlic and the coriander stems along with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Cook for 1 minute, stirring, but don’t let the garlic brown. Drain the rice and add it to the pan, then toast it in the oil for 1 minute, until it begins to look translucent. Pour in enough boiling water to cover by 1 cm and bring to the boil. Cover, turn the heat down and cook for 7 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff up the rice grains with a fork, then cover tightly again and leave to steam for 5 minutes.
  3. To finish, remove the lid and fluff the rice again, then stir through the coriander leaves. Serve with meat or fish.
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