"Cilantro~nised" Mexican Red Rice

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Mexican Red Rice
"Cilantro~nised" Mexican Red Rice
Our first trip in US was a scenic drive around the Columbia River Gorge. On our return we were lost in downtown Portland, OR around 3pm and all of us were starving. We came across a Mexican restaurant and had some rice very similar to Tomato Rice. That was the first time trying Mexican food and to my surprise, it tasted something Indian. I could not find anything like it in Las Margaritas or Azteca~ Mexican Restaurants in Seattle.
I was intrigued to try this simple recipe when I saw it on Food Network. Use your imagination to add any spice of your choice to have an Indian twist.

List of ingredients:
  1. 2 cups Sona Masuri rice
  2. 2 cups chicken broth
  3. 3 cups water
  4. ½ cup chopped onion
  5. 4 green chillies
  6. 1 cup chopped tomatoes OR Salsa
  7. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  8. ½ teaspoon chilli powder
  9. 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  10. 2 teaspoon salt
For Garnishing:
  1. cilantro/coriander leaves.
  2. ½ cup chopped Capsicum/Bell pepper.
  1. Heat 4 tablespoon of oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Fry the onions and slit green chillies.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, chilli powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well and fry on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice, broth and water. Mix well and let cook on low heat. Rice can be cooked in a pressure cooker . Leave on for a whistle.
  4. When cooked garnish with the Capsicum/Bell pepper and Cilantro.

TIPS: Vegetable broth can be used instead of the Chicken broth. The recipe demands for half teaspoon of dried Oregano with Cumin. I would love to hear any variations you have tried.


  1. cteative idea!rice looks so yummm!

  2. I too love the mexican rice..will try ur indianised way of this rice..

  3. Cilantro, Lovely-looking rice- I might try it with the vegetable stock. I love your blog name, by the way- cilantro's one of my favorite herbs and I have no idea how I'd cook without it!

  4. rice looks delicious. nice color.

  5. Rice looks lovely, yuuummm!!!

  6. nice idea and bright colour makes it too tempting

  7. Thank You Dhivya,Uma,Divya, Madhavi and SMN.
    Vaishali, I too love Cilantro and hence the name. To me it is one of the most important herb which adds flavor to any dish.

  8. this looks fabulous! I can't wait to put it in my mouth and think..."oh thank you!!!"

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