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FINALLY- a good cilantro-lime rice recipe!! I loved it! I used 1 1/2 C water after reading that some had success with one cup and others with 2, it was perfect...not too sticky and not under cooked. I also cut down the butter and used 1/2 tsp , and added the juice of 1 & 1/2 limes, 1/2 while cooking and the rest i added with the cilantro. It was excellent.
The secret to fluffy rice is 1 1/2 cups water for ever cup of rice. most recipes call for 2 cups water for every cup of rice but this overcooks it.
I was waiting in line one day at Chipotles several years ago, and watched them make the rice. A huge bowl of cooked rice was tossed with a big spoon while a handful of salt, a squeze bottle of fresh lime juice and double handful of chopped cilantro was added. Pretty simple...
I followed the recipe exactly and the rice was pasty. I love Chipotle but I would have just used instant rice and added a little lime juice and cilantro after cooking it.
What really works to keep the grains separate and to prevent stickiness is to soak the rice for a half hour before you cook it. So first you wash it several times, then you soak the rice in 1.5 cups of water per cup of rice. Don't drain, because by the end of the half hour, the rice absorbs a lot of the water, so if you drain and add another 1.5 cups after soaking, the rice gets mushy. Once the water comes to a rapid boil, cover, and turn the heat off and resist ALL temptation to open the lid for the next 15 minutes. Follow all other instructions as per original recipe.
Ok.... after reading the reviews, this us what worked for me.... I used chicken broth in conjunction with water. I also added extra lime juice AND lime zest. Although the green onion isn't "Chipotle", I added a bunch that I diced up. Family loved it and added it to the "make again" list.
I doubled the recipe to 8 servings and it made only about 2 cups of rice! I used a plain white rice (not basmati). I cooked it on the stove not in a rice cooker. Next time I will more then triple the recipe. The 8 serving rice looked more like a 2 serving.
I'm hopeless without a rice cooker! I made my usual 1 1/2 cups rice to 2 cups water, but I only had BOTAN RICE! I know, the stickiest. I just rinsed it thoroughly until the water was clear then added water to the rice cooker. Later I added the other ingredients (no, I didn't put them in the rice cooker). I increased the lime by 1 tbsp and the oil by a tsp. More cilantro of course. It wasn't as loose as the restaurant, but perfect for me.
All I am going to say is awsome. I am a big Chipotle fan. It was a big hit ! I will use again very soon. Thanks Allen Lee
Great recipe, thanks so much for sharing! I had to make a few adjustments. I didn't have cilantro on hand. Used parsley instead (but will try cilantro next time). In my experience it's best not to overcook basmati rice. I cooked it for about 14 minutes and that was almost too long. Also used about 1/2 tablespoon butter. I made this recipe with Classic Black Beans and Rice (Classic Rice and Beans), with half an avocado on the side. Lovely!