Mexican rice or Arroz Rojo as it is known in Mexico, holds a special place in my household and is a must-have at any Mexican feast. The vibrant and flavourful nature of Mexican cuisine truly shines through in this delectable dish.
If you're an adventurous foodie like me, always seeking new and exciting flavour experiences, then Mexican cuisine is an absolute delight. Brace yourself for a culinary journey as we explore the captivating world of Mexican Rice, a dish that embodies the spirit of a lively fiesta. Get ready to indulge in the rich and vibrant flavours that will transport your taste buds to new heights of delight!
In order to make this dish quick and easy, I'll be using my new Prestige smart induction cooktop which is simple and convenient to use.
Mexican Rice isn't just a dish; it's a symphony of flavours waiting to explode in your mouth. Its versatility allows you to enjoy it as a delightful side dish or elevate it to the star of your meal. Bringing a piece of Mexican culture right into your urban kitchen, it adds a vibrant touch to your culinary repertoire.
Why You Should Make Mexican Rice
Here are the key ingredients that make this Mexican Rice recipe shine:
Oil: Opt for good quality olive oil to enhance the flavours in this recipe
Onions: Fresh onions add a delightful taste and sweetness to the Mexican rice
Chipotle Chilli Powder: Ground chipotle chilli powder adds a spicy kick that elevates the dish
Basmati Rice or Long Grain Rice: Choose long grain rice, such as basmati, for a fluffy and fragrant rice dish
Tomato Puree or Paste: The rich taste of tomato puree or paste adds depth to the dish. You can use homemade or store-bought options based on your preference.
Vegetables: Corn kernels and bell peppers contribute to the wonderful flavour profile. Feel free to add more veggies according to your liking. Adding beans or rajma can also be a delicious addition.
Cumin Powder: Introduce a warm and earthy flavour to the dish. For an extra touch, cinnamon can also be included.
Oregano: A sprinkle of oregano adds a hint of freshness.
White Pepper: Enhance the overall taste with a touch of white pepper.
Vegetable Stock: While optional, using vegetable stock enhances the flavour profile and adds depth to the dish.
Sour Cream: Serve alongside the Mexican rice for a creamy and tangy element.
Step by Step Guide
Let's dive into a step-by-step guide to prepare the perfect Mexican rice. Remember, the key to achieving the right texture lies in the grains of rice.
To make the cooking process even more seamless, I recently started using Prestige's Smart Induction Cooktop. It has truly transformed my culinary experience, offering convenient features that simplify cooking.
One feature that I absolutely adore is the Automatic Whistle Counter. Gone are the days of forgetting to count the whistles and ending up with a ruined dish. With Prestige's Smart Induction Cooktop, it keeps track of the whistles for me. All I have to do is press a button, and it automatically stops after the required number of whistles. This ensures precise cooking time, resulting in perfectly cooked rice.
After cooking, the cooktop effortlessly transitions to the keep warm mode, allowing me to maintain the dish at the ideal temperature. It's a game-changer when it comes to pressure cooking rice, ensuring each grain remains separated with utmost precision.
To achieve this, I rely on the Prestige Nakshatra Cute Svachh pressure cooker. With its three-layer sandwich bottom for even heat distribution, it's the perfect companion for creating delicious meals effortlessly.
Is Mexican Rice Actually Good for You?
Is Mexican Rice a healthy choice? Absolutely! Packed with nutrients, it's a good source of carbs and provides vitamins and fibre when combined with veggies like tomatoes and peas. Just remember to enjoy it in moderation. Opting for brown rice or cauliflower rice can make it more diabetic-friendly, thanks to its higher fibre content and lower glycemic index. So, savour the flavours of Mexican Rice while keeping your health in mind.
My Top Tips for the Best Mexican Rice Ever
Through my years of experience, I've discovered some valuable tips for achieving the perfect Mexican Rice. Embrace your creativity and make the recipe uniquely yours. Start with fresh ingredients, take your time, and above all, enjoy the process.
Here are a few tricks to keep in mind
Rinse the rice: This simple step removes excess starch and results in a fluffier texture.
Saute the rice: Prior to adding liquids, saute the rice in oil. This imparts a delightful nutty flavour and prevents it from turning mushy.
Enhance with broth: Cooking the rice in chicken or vegetable broth elevates the taste and adds a delightful depth of flavour to the dish.
Can You Whip Up Mexican Rice Ahead of Time?
Certainly! To enjoy leftover Mexican Rice, follow these simple steps:
Cook the rice as you normally would and allow it to cool
Transfer the rice to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator
When you're ready to serve, reheat the rice either on the stove or in the microwave
Voila! You have a convenient and delicious meal ready to enjoy, perfect for those busy city days when time is limited but a satisfying home-cooked meal is still desired.
Here's How to Store and Reheat Your Mexican Rice
To store leftover Mexican Rice, place it in an airtight container and refrigerate it. It will stay fresh for up to five days. When reheating, add a little water or broth to prevent it from drying out. You can warm it up on the stove or in the microwave until it reaches your desired temperature. Don't worry, the flavours will still be delightful, and you'll enjoy every bite, even when enjoying it as leftovers.
What to Serve with Your Mexican Rice
Mexican Rice is a versatile companion to a wide variety of Mexican dishes. It's a perfect accompaniment to enchiladas, tacos, or grilled chicken, adding a burst of flavour to your plate. You can also get creative and use it as a delicious filling for burritos or as a flavorful base for a Mexican-style bowl. Let your culinary imagination soar and embark on a delightful adventure with your meal!
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DISCLAIMER: DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored article written in collaboration with Prestige. and I have used this Prestige PIC 3.1 V3 2000- watt Induction cooktop with Touch Panel and Nakshatra Cute Swachh Pressure Cooker
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Mexican Rice Recipe
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- ¾ cup Onions finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Chipotle Chilli Powder
- 1 cup Basmati Rice
- 1 cup Tomato Puree
- ½ cup Corn Kernels fresh
- ½ cup beans
- 1 cup Bell Peppers cut into strips
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon white pepper
- Sour Cream and chopped Coriander leaves for topping
- Set the Prestige smart Induction stove and place the nakshatra cute svachh pressure cooker on top
- Turn on the induction stove and set the whistle count to 2
- In the pressure cooker, add olive oil and saute the onions until translucent, stirring frequently
- Add the rinsed rice and tomato paste to the cooker. Gently stir and coat the grains with the oil and onion mix for 2 to 3 minutes until toasted
- Pour in the vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce
- Enhance the flavours with cumin, oregano, salt, white pepper, and chipotle chilies
- Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and set the induction for 2 whistles
- Allow the cooker to enter the hot mode and wait for 2 minutes before releasing the pressure. Open the lid of the pressure cooker
- Fluff the rice with a fork and garnish with cilantro. Serve with a side salad and sour cream.