Recently, Mr. Vittles' aunt Michelle Vittles was kind enough to share a recipe from one of her favorite cookbooks called "Lemon Spiked Basmati Rice."
This recipe sounded awesome, but I can't help but get a little nervous when I see "rice" in the title of a recipe.
Now here's a confession that's probably more embarrassing to me than being afraid of moths (which are vile creatures and I don't know why everyone isn't afraid of them?)
I can't cook rice.
I don't know what it is about the preparation of this silly grain that eludes me after all my time in the kitchen. But somehow it either comes out too wet, or gets stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Or then there's my favorite scenario- where it comes out too wet ... and then I get impatient because it was timed perfectly with the rest of my meal which is now getting cold ... so I blast the heat to speed things up and end up burning it to the bottom of the pan.
I've tried rice all different ways, with all different cooking times and ratios of rice to water, yet somehow it comes out wrong 99% of the time.
Nonetheless, I read on when I got this recipe and saw something miraculous - while the initial cooking is done on the stove, the rice itself is cooked in the oven.
This I had never tried.
So of course I had to give it a shot. But I was making it to go with a Mexican dish, so I decided to switch things up a bit and use lime instead of lemon, chili powder instead of cayenne, and add some fresh cilantro.
I even cut the onions!
And let me tell you something.
I can do this. It's amazing. And it's delicious.
Chili Lime Basmati Rice
- 1 C. basmati rice, rinsed & well drained (uncooked)
- 3 T. butter
- 3/4 C. onion, diced to about 1/4"
- 1 1/2 t. minced garlic
- 1/2 t. chili powder
- 1 T. fresh lime juice
- 1 1 /2 t. minced lime zest
- 2 T. cream (or milk)
- 1 1/4 t. salt
- 1 T. chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 T. thinly sliced chives
Place well drained rice in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
Melt the butter in a nonstick or heavy saucepan. Add onion & saute over medium heat until soft, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
Add chili powder, lime juice, lime zest, cream and 1 1/2 C. water - bring to boil.
Stir entire mixture into the rice in baking dish. Seal tightly with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes or until rice is tender & all liquid is absorbed.
Fluff with a fork, then fold in chives & cilantro before serving.
Recipe Adapted from Dishing with Kathy Casey