1 cup long-grain rice
1 cup diced tomato (fresh or canned)
1 cup hot water (3/4 cup if using canned tomatoes)
1 -2 garlic clove, cut into thin slices
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (use 1 t dried basil alternatively)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1 Heat oil, fry garlic until fragant but don't let it brown; Add tomates, stir until hot.
2 Add rice, basil, salt,(sugar, red pepper) and water; Bring to a boil, reduce heat to minimum and cook covered until done, 18-20 minutes.
3 Add black pepper and a little more fresh chopped basil if you like and serve garnished with some basil leaves.
Active Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Yield: 2 Servings