This is indeed one of the most popular rices in all of the country; you will find that almost all Colombians have it on their regular menu. Children love it because the pasta in the rice softens as it cooks and gives them something to play with as they eat! You can prepare it without the garlic if you have finicky children like mine—they prefer their rice without the aromatic flavor garlic gives it. I like it just as it is, and sometimes prepare it with chicken stock instead of water and add a tablespoon or two of minced cilantro right before serving.
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