Friday, May 10, 2013

Mexican Rice

Me: What shall we prepare for lunch?
D: I feel like eating something different…
Me: I too was feeling like… Shall I make some Thai curry and rice?
D: Ummm… But I feel like eating Mexican, not Thai today….
Me: Hmmm….. Mexican?
D: Yeah… Why don’t you search and tell me the recipe for a nice Mexican rice and I’ll cook it for you…
Me: Wow! Cool!!

This was our conversation one weekend, when D decides to hijack the kitchen and produce some amazingly awesome stuff! One of the reasons I love weekends for ;). Being very experimental in the kitchen, he churns out some really tasty stuff, most of the times some innovative dishes! Initially I used to be apprehensive about the taste when he decides to add some ‘random’ ingredient or follow a ‘unique’ method. But over time, I have come to trust his culinary skills and have chosen not to interfere with him when he’s in the kitchen, except to help him with the chopping, cleaning and doing the dishes later! And I even decided to add to my blog some of his creations (only some of them, when I have the patience to click some pics before hogging on it). 

I did have an idea of what goes into a Mexican rice usually and was sure I had most of the ingredients at home. When I googled, I came across a lot of recipes with small differences, and I decided on this one adapted from a couple of them, with my own modifications to suit our taste buds and ingredients.
It was one delicious lunch, I must say…. Very different from the usually tomato rice I make… though the ingredients are not very different from an Indian recipe… Mexican rice recipes, they say are very close to Indian… 

So here’s the cheesy, sticky Mexican rice, which we loved and have made it a couple more times later….

Mexican Rice
Tomatoes – 3-4 medium sized
Onion – 1, medium sized, finely chopped
Green bell pepper - 1, finely chopped
Jalapenos – 1-2, finely chopped (with seeds and ribs removed)
Black/red beans – 1/2 cup, soak for a few hours if using dried ones
Garlic - 2 cloves, minced
Bay leaf - 1
Red chili powder - 1 tsp (adjust as per your taste preference)
Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Long grain white rice – 2 cups, wash, soak for a few minutes and rinse
Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
Olive oil/ butter - 2 Tbsp
Fresh coriander – 1/4 cup, chopped
Lime/lemon juice – 2 tsp
Cheddar cheese – 1/2 cup grated

Cook the beans in enough water and a little salt till soft but firm and drain
Blanch the tomatoes in hot water and peel off the skin and puree till smooth
In a pressure cooker / a large saucepan, heat oil/butter over medium heat.
Add onions and garlic and sauté till slightly done
Add the peppers, then rice, beans, bay leaf, jalapenos.
Sauté until the rice is slightly browned.
Add 2 cups of water, tomato puree, chili powder, cumin powder and salt and bring to a boil.
If using pressure cooker cook for one whistle. If cooking in the saucepan, reduce heat and simmer till the rice is just cooked
Let cool for about 10 minutes and mix in the coriander, lime juice and mix gently taking care not to make the rice mushy
Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with grated cheese and serve hot.

Chopped veggies can also be added
I use the red kidney beans that I have in my pantry; usually black beans are used
The cheese gives a nice gooey and rich taste to the rice – We like to add it at the end and not mix it in for that extra effect.


  1. I love the cheese on top. It looks yum.

  2. Your hubby cooks and cooks well? Lucky Girl! The rice looks delish and must be tried when hubby is not eating lunch at home, both beans and spice just for us!


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