Friday, July 24, 2009

Mexican Rice: Tasty Side For Mexican Foods

Mexican Rice
About as Tasty as Rice Can Get

    The traditional mexcian staple, as cooked by me. i love to use fresh wholesome ingredients when i can, and you should too. There was not a tomato in my pantry this time, nor fresh garlic, but i am posting this anyway because it shows how you can make do without. This is more like how everyone in my family makes it because of that. So if you can, some diced tomato, fresh onion, fresh garlic, are wonderful for this recipe.
    Serve Mexican Rice as a side dish to any mexican food, stuff into a burrito, or top a tostada with it. This is Michael's favorite thing that i make- and he has tasted almost everything that i make. Try it yourself!

The recipe:

1 cup Jasmine rice (basmati or "long grain" also work well)
2 tsp olive oil
1/4 medium onion, chopped to 1/2" pieces
1tbs tomato paste
1 and 1/2 cups water or broth
1 and 1/2 tsp chicken paste or bullion for two cups (if using water)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried garlic or 1 clove minced fresh garlic
fresh black pepper to taste.

heat saucepan over medium high heat, add rice and oil, cook, stirring occasionally to brown as much of the rice as possible.after about three minutes, add onions, stir to coat, cook till soft, stirring often. Add tomato (paste, sauce, fresh, or canned diced). Stir till sizzling stops. Add liquid and seasonings, taste, bring to simmer. Lower heat, cover and cook till liquid is gone and rice is fluffy, about 15 minutes. Serve!

-Brown Rice a great way to amp up the health factor of this flavorful and fun side dish is to make it with brown rice. Believe it or not, the brown rice version is a bit easier to prepare. Change these ingredient amounts:
1cup brown rice
2 cups water or broth
change these steps: saute onion only. do not cook rice, or it will be too tough to cook. add liquid, rice and seasoning, simmer, lower heat, cover and cook as usual.
-Tomato Sauce exchange 1/4 cup tom sauce for water or broth, omit tomato paste.
-Canned diced tomatoes add 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, change tomato paste to 1 tsp.

-Fresh Tomato add half a medium tomato (diced) to sizzling rice and onions before adding liquid.

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