Sunday, May 20, 2012


This is my go to recipe for Mexican style rice. It pairs well with Mexican dishes and also Indian dishes. I really like the nuttiness of the basmati brown rice. It's flavorful and healthy. 

Cilantro Lime Basmati Brown Rice

·         1-1/2 cups (1 pound) uncooked basmati brown rice
·         4 cups (1 quart) vegetable broth (low sodium preferred)
·         2 garlic cloves, minced
·         1/4 cup fresh lime juice
·         1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
·         1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt (or more, to taste, if using low-sodium broth)
·         1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (Mexican preferred)
·         1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
·         1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
·         1-1/4 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
·         ½ - 1 jalapeno, finely chopped

Add rice and vegetable broth to 3 quart pan; bring to boil over high heat, give it a quick stir, cover and lower heat to lowest simmer setting. Continue to simmer on low for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes, or until any remaining liquid in bottom of pan is absorbed. Fluff with fork.

While rice cooks, whisk together the garlic, lime juice, olive oil, salt, oregano, cumin, and pepper. Pour over cooked rice, add the cilantro, and lightly toss with fork until combined. Taste and add salt, if desired.

Freezes and reheats well. Rice and broth may be cooked in a rice cooker instead of on stove top. Recipe may be doubled or cut in half.

Recipe slightly adapted from The Yummy Life.

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