I was looking at some international vegetarian cuisines and came across this Brazilian Orange Rice. Thats when I came to know that Brazilian staple food consists of Rice, Beans and of course meat. 
Also there are quite a few vegans out there and I found this recipe here. I have never experimented with Orange Zest (Grated orange peel). So I was looking at some recipes which demanded orange zest and found this one and this kind of suits our diet in that it is vegetarian and is rice based :) So check this out for a change. Also this was the first time I used pine nuts in my cooking..the crunchy pine nuts mixed with rice was a new experience and a very enjoyable one at that! The orangy aroma filled our kitchen while this was being cooked and it tasted just as flavorful!!

Ingredients - 

Water 3 cups
Basmati rice 1 1/2 cups
Salt as per taste
Olive oil 1 Tbsp
Chili powder 1 tsp (or as per taste)
Garlic powder 1/4 tsp
Brown sugar 1 tsp
Orange zest (tangerine is good, also) 1 tsp
Pine nuts 1/4 cup

Method Of Preparation - 

Combine Rice, Salt, Olive oil, chilli powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, orange zest and water and cook in rice cooker.

This can also be done on the stove top but cooking in the rice cooker is hassle free for me!

Toss in the pine nuts and give a gentle mix and serve. I served it with Raitha as we are used to that combo! Be creative and serve it according to your taste. I garnished with some orange pieces.

I am sending this to 'AWED - Brazil' hosted by Sara started by DK and also to 'Bookmarked Recipes Every Tuesday - 19th Oct 2010'

Serves Approx 3 Adults

Preparation Time 35 min
Posted by Harini on Tuesday, October 19, 2010


  1. Ms.Chitchat Says:
  2. Interesting,looks tasty too.Would love to try it out some day.

  3. Vinula Says:
  4. I had Jen from Brazil living with us last year. You are right, they like their rice flavorful. Jen taught us a rice recipe that her grandmother did, which was to fry garlic, onion in butter add rice and cook. She served the rice along with chopped tomatoes, beans(more like mexican brown beans)and meat(optional). She told us that they use very less ingredients in cooking.

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Such a flavourful rice, sounds very yummy..

  7. great color and flavor.. looks delicious..

  8. Thanks for the lovely entry dear. Looks so heavenly.

  9. Looks tempting. Lovely and colorful...

  10. colourful healthy dish

  11. This is interesting and unique. Nice blog. Keep rocking

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