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Brazil: Use Basic Ingredients for Non-Boring Rice
We've come to rely on white rice, but the trusty side can taste awfully bland. Brazilians prefer their rice to have a flavor of its own, so they sauté the uncooked grains first in some oil with garlic, onion and a bay leaf. It's a small step that won't take long but will add a delicious depth to your basic grilled chicken, salad and rice dinner.

Get the recipe: Simple Pilaf, Brazilian-Style