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.