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Portuguese Tomato Rice ❦ Arroz de Tomate Malandrinho

If I had to choose a bowl of rice to eat forever, this would be it. I have never in my life eaten better tomato rice than my mother's. In Portugal, this rice is usually served alongside all sorts of fried fish dishes. It just pairs so beautifully with it. Next time you make fried fish, such as battered cod, try this tomato rice recipe. You won't be disappointed. I have added a few ingredients that are not quite in the traditional recipe, but that I feel enhance the rice's flavour. They are Balsamic vinegar and ginger. I love that you'd never guess they were in there, yet elevate the rice's flavour to soaring heights. You can use plain water or vegetable stock for the rice, but I prefer chicken stock. This is really up to personal preference and whether or not you want it to be vegetarian. Malandrinho in Portuguese literally means "naughty", but we use it to mean" with lots of broth or soupy". The rice is served with plenty of flavourful stock and garnished with coriander (cilantro) or parsley. That said, it is a very forgiving recipe, since I receive hundreds of emails on how to cook rice perfectly, this one takes the guesswork out of the equation. I served mine with Portuguese salt cod fritters, Pasteis de bacalhau, copy and paste recipe link here:


Enjoy xoxo

Arroz de Tomate Malandrinho ❦ Portuguese Style Tomato Rice

Serves 6

Approx: 40 minutes

225 g. Long grain, parboiled (easy cook) rice,

( In Portugal the short grain "Carolino" rice variety is preferred, but if you can't find it, then use any short grain rice such as paella "bomba" rice)