Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

This Portuguese Tomato Rice was inspired by my recent trip to Lisbon where I ate a delicious dish called arroz malandrinho

Here’s a selection of photos I took:

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Praça do Comércio
Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Elevador de Santa Justa
Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Gorgeous tiled buildings

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Elevador da Bica
Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Torre de Belém glowing in the late afternoon sunlight
Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Garden goals

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Spot the cathedral

My favourite part of the trip was when I visited was the Castelo de São Jorge. It’s a pretty steep climb up but a wonderful chance to look down on all of Lisbon’s beautiful rooftops once you get there:  

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

Also found this very interesting little shop which sells nothing else but eels packaged in very fancy tins!

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

As for the food, the nicest thing I ate was this really delicious rice which was described on the menu as “arroz malandrinho”.

It consisted of long-grain rice cooked in a tomato sauce, with a texture similar to risotto but less creamy and with a slightly more soup-like consistency. It was flavoured with smoked paprika and coriander, and dotted with black beans. 

Just like after my last trip abroad, I decided to make a homemade version of this rice as soon as I got home. 

Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)

This dish is not only super flavoursome but also really versatile! It’s hearty and satisfying enough to make up a whole meal, but also works really well as a side dish.

Equally, it’s quick and easy enough for weeknight meals, but also delicious enough to feed to guests! 

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Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Portuguese Tomato Rice (Vegan + GF)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This Portuguese Tomato Rice is quick and easy enough for weeknight meals, but also delicious enough to feed to guests!

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 567 kcal
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne chilli pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice (or sub brown rice if you wish, but bear in mind it will take longer to cook and may require more water)
  • 1 vegetable stock cube (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 400 g (14oz) tinned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
To serve (optional):
  • Roasted sweet red peppers
  • Fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  1. Heat up olive oil in a large saucepan

  2. Once the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic and fry for around 10 minutes until softened
  3. Add the smoked paprika (and cayenne pepper if using) and fry for a further couple of minutes until fragrant
  4. Add the rice and fry, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes
  5. Add the stock cube, tomatoes, black beans and water and bring to the boil
  6. Cook for 10-15 minutes until rice is softened (taste a little and check) - add more water and cook for longer if necessary
  7. Taste and add extra salt if necessary. If it tastes too acidic because of the tomatoes, add a small amount of sweetener of choice to balance out the flavours

  8. Once the rice has cooked, add the coriander, stir and leave to sit with a lid on for 5 minutes before serving
To serve (optional):
  1. Top with roasted sweet red peppers and scatter over extra chopped coriander

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