This flavorful rice gets its amber color from red palm oil, also known as dende oil, which is a staple of the Brazilian kitchen, but the flavor punch comes from the Brazilian version of a garlicky sofrito. Enjoy it with someone you love.
medium-grain white rice
cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half, any green centers discarded
medium white onion, peeled and roughly chopped
red palm oil, divided
1 1/2 cups
(15-ounce) cans black-eyed peas, drained, well rinsed
dried marjoram leaves or 2 tablespoons fresh
Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels. Place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse well under running water until the water runs clear. Spread the wet rice on the prepared baking sheet and allow to dry before cooking.
Combine the garlic cloves, onions, 2 tablespoons of the oil, and ½ teaspoon of the salt in a food processor and pulse for 1 to 2 minutes, until the mixture turns into smooth paste. Remove from food processor and set aside.
Set a medium-large saucepan over high heat. Add the remaining oil and heat until it is melted and hot. Add the onion and garlic mixture and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, until it begins to exude liquid and become translucent. Add the rice and the remaining salt and cook, stirring, for 5 to 6 minutes, until the rice is pale brown. Add the water. Lower the heat to a simmer, stir well, cover, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. The rice should be soft, but still a bit firm to the bite, and not mushy.
Stir in the black-eyed peas, cover, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, or until heated through. Add the cilantro and marjoram, stir well, and serve immediately.