I love rice! It works with so many additions, spices and flavors. A few weeks ago, I put together a taco bar for a wedding and they wanted a rice dish that was not the typical red Spanish rice. I thought lime, cilantro, chili peppers and cumin would make a nice accompaniment to the chicken and smoked pork. This rice was a definite hit! I will make it again for our gatherings. I would add some extra heat with a diced jalapeno or two for my table; we like it hot.
This recipe should be pretty easy to halve or double, depending on how many servings you need. Left-overs are a good thing here so make a little extra! It is also encouraged that you adjust spices, lime juice and chilies to suit your taste.
Lime-Cilantro Rice with Chilies and Cumin
Serves 8- 10
3 TBSP oil, olive, canola or blend1 small onion minced
2 tsp. crushed or minced garlic
5 tablespoon canned chilies (you could add a fresh minced jalapeno here too)
1½ tsp. lemon pepper with garlic and onion
2½-3 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
2 cups basmati rice
2 cups broth
Zest of ½-1 lime
2 TBSP lime juice ( fresh is best or bottled but not from concentrate)
Juice of ½-1 small lime2/3 cup chopped cilantro
Splash of olive oil, optional
Heat oil and sauté onion, 3 minutes; add chilies, spices, 3 more minutes. Add rice to pan. Cook stirring till starting to get toasty smell- 2 min. Add in liquids and lime zest and heat to low boil and then lower to simmer and keep covered for about 22 minutes. Fluff and finish with fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. If desired, add more or some parsley for more green.
Recipe by Denise Birdsall all rights reserved Aug 2011