Burkina Feast 3: Riz Gras

Riz gras was one of the first meals I learned to cook in Burkina. The principle is simple: it’s a one-pot dish that starts with a little oil and vegetables. You can add meat but I made a vegetarian version for my son to try. Once the vegetables cook down a bit, add water and bring it to a boil. Then add rice, lower it to a simmer, and allow the rice to absorb the water. It’s healthy and delicious.

Riz Gras (vegetarian)

1 medium onion, diced

1 green pepper, diced

2 tomatoes, diced

2 medium carrots, sliced thinly

1 1/2 c. rice

1/4 tsp. salt

3 cloves garlic

2 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil

Heat oil in a medium-sized pot. Add garlic, onion, and green peppers. Saute 5 minutes. Add carrots and tomatoes. Saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add salt. Add 3 cups water and rice. Cover. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer. Heat for 20 minutes. Water should be absorbed.

* If you like spicy food, add one habanero pepper when you add the carrots and tomato. But be careful – it can be VERY spicy!

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One response to “Burkina Feast 3: Riz Gras

  1. Lisa Galley

    Looks yummy. I can tell the chef has a weekend to herself!

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