Are you craving that great Mexican rice from your favorite taco stand? Here it is. This is just like a good Mexican restaurant rice. Many recipes taste good... but the texture just isn't right. You know how it is... you have prepared scores of Mexican rice recipes but always have been disappointed. It may be delicious but kinda "gloopy and wet." Try this. Everything is pureed and cooked in. There are no chunks of anything... just dry fluffy rice with all the seasonings and just the tiniest hint of a tomato flavor. I will throw away all of my Mexican rice recipes- this is the one I have been looking for for years!
I don't own a rice cooker but some people have had disappointing results using one. You will also need to adjust your cooking time if you want to use brown rice. I recommend following the cooking instructions as directed. Proceed at your own peril if you stray.
You don't need to visit an authentic taqueria when using this recipe. You might even like it better than a restaurant's Spanish rice....I know I do.
I was taught how to make this dish from my mother-in-law, a native of Guadalajara Mexico. The rice is moist and full of flavor and you can add cooked and shredded chicken and/or peas for a complete 1-dish meal. Great for potlucks, dinner parties and side dishes to your favorite Mexican meal. This recipe is relatively simple to make and inexpensive. Try it and impress YOUR Mexican mother-in-law :)
I started doing this to save some time in the evenings. I don't like using that 10 minute Uncle Ben's but I do like having my rice ready that fast ;O). I really like using sushi rice! Use whatever rice you prefer!
This recipe comes from Alton Brown and it's the only way we have rice anymore. My servings are quite a bit smaller than his, though! You can use chicken or veggie broth in place of the water, or add herbs and spices.
I got this one from "The Best Recipe" by Cook's Illustrated. It's a very easy way to make brown rice that comes out perfect every time. No more sticky, clumpy, waterlogged goop! This rice is tender and separate and delicious.
Notice that the ratio of water to rice is much less than the oft-quoted 2 to 1. This is the key to this recipe, so make sure to measure carefully.
I'm notorious for ruining rice, so I usually stay away from it -- until I found this recipe. It's Alton Brown's recipe for perfect brown rice, and it's great! I've made it many times and it really does turn out perfectly every time. You can use either medium or short grained rice.
I got so tired of doing brown rice on the stovetop -- messes from sputtery lidsz and boil-overs, burnt or stuck rice in the pot. But I really didn't want another appliance (rice cooker)... But this method is GREAT and foolproof! NO MESS, easy and you don't hav to watch like a hawk. I'm sure this would work for any kind of rice, but you'd have to adjust time and the amount of water. I'll never do brown rice on the stovvetop again!
I love wild rice. It has such wonderful nutty flavor. I made this in my rice cooker and it came out perfect. The rice cooker cook book suggested 6 cups of liquid, but I only added 5 and I like the texture with less.
If you love brown rice then try this recipe, the rice bakes out perfect all the time! if you are using a highly-salted broth then you may want to reduce the salt slightly, for extra heat add in some cayenne pepper --- I also like to add in a few small bay leaves for added flavor ---- the recipe may be reduced to half, for vegetarian use vegetable broth or water and olive oil in place of butter --- this may also be made without the onion and garlic, see note on bottom.
I found this recipe in Organic Gardening magazine when my children were babies. It truly does make absolutely perfect brown rice every time! Never gummy. You can easily substitute it in recipes calling for rice without your family noticing (well, unless they dissect everything with a magnifying glass like my son likes to do)!
*Please note: THIS IS JUST A RECIPE FOR BASIC RICE! It will NOT be fabulous alone! Use it for any recipe calling for cooked rice/ or spiff it up with the addition of garlic, onion, herbs, broth sub for water, etc. etc.
It WILL be bland if served as is!