Cilantro Lime Rice

I love the flavor of cilantro and lime together. I think they really compliment each other. I started craving for this rice after I tried Chipotle‘s Cilantro Lime Rice. It was sooo good, and since then.. I’ve been trying to make it at home.

Finally, I’ve found this recipe.. I tried them both: cooking rice in a pan and in a rice cooker. The rice cooker method, didn’t work too well. The rice ended up kind of bland because I couldn’t add any more seasoning while the rice cooker was cooking. The pan cooking method.. has been working pretty well with the secret of using basmati rice (or any kind other than Asian or calrose rice because the rice will stick and clumps together). I like calrose rice because the hold the seasoning better, but it surely does not look too much like the Chipotle‘s. But, you decide!

The recipe here has the cooking method in a pan… If you prefer using rice cooker, it’s basically the same thing. You just put all in rice cooker after mixing all the ingredients.

2 tsp oil or butter- I prefer butter, it gives the rice nice smell.
3 tsp cilantro- chopped finely
1 clove garlic- chopped finely (or garlic powder would work)
1 cup white rice
1 – 2 cup water ( see if the rice needs more water while cooking)
salt to taste
1 lime or a squirt of “Real Lime” juice (or more if you like)

Heat oil or butter over low heat, stirring  until melted. Add garlic, stir until the fragrant comes out. Add rice, stir the rice in the butter or oil until it’s well coated. Add lime juice, and stir again for 1 minute. Add water and salt, bring to a full rolling boil.Take a look if the rice needs more water, then you can add one more cup.

When it’s boiling, cover, turn down to simmer over low heat until rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 25 minutes. Add in the cilantro and fluff rice.

That is all! Have fun!

Published in: on May 18, 2010 at 10:05 PM  Leave a Comment  
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