Christmas Rice recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes | Cooking Time: 1 hours

This festive Brazilian rice dish is usually trotted out at Christmas. Rice is cooked in champagne before being bejewelled with dried fruits and sun-dried tomatoes.


  • 375g white rice
  • 150g sultanas
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 500ml boiling water
  • 250ml champagne
  • Salt
  • 125g apricots, soaked and chopped
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 6 tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes, chopped


  1. Soak sultanas for 10 minutes in hot water, then drain.

  2. In a large pan, heat the oil, then add the onion and garlic. Fry gently until translucent and soft. Add the sultanas, rice and salt. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.

  3. Add the water and champagne, bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and then cook until the rice is tender.

  4. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the apricots and sun-dried tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes, then add to the rice and stir to combine. Pile onto a serving platter and then garnish with carrot.

For extra crunch, feel free to add some nuts or seeds. Recipe serves 6.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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