My coworker recently came back from the southern California region. You know me, sure, I am curious about the waves and possibly the skate scene out there, but more so on the food. I know that fish tacos are the deal in that area, however this time he mentioned rice, and because I was on the path of making a killer burrito, I decided to match a rice that is similar to that in the Qdoba or Chipotle restaurants. Really simple recipe here as it involves a few ingredients which include:
- 1 cup extra long grain rice
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tbs of fresh, chopped cilantro
- 2 tbs of fresh lime juice
- small pinch of salt
I use a rice cooker, however if you do not have one of these, cook your rice as you normally would. I was horrible at cooking rice, until my wife, who grew up eating rice daily, stated one cup rice, to one cup water. It is also important to note to quickly rinse the rice with a small massage, however more important to not over rinse the rice. The rice cooker is great because once you add in the rice and water, you simply cover, and cook. The process takes less than twenty minutes.
When the cooker tells me it is done, I simply unplug the device, and fluff the rice with a rice paddle. I do this to release a lot of the contained steam and prevent any overcooking. Once the rice is cooked, let it cool for roughly thirty minutes before adding in the lime juice, cilantro, and salt.
Serve this as a side to your favorite meal, or heck, mix it in with black beans and a bit of your favorite salsa. Me? I fold mine into a killer burrito, or serve without the tortilla and eat with the carnitas, black beans, and guacamole.
Trust me, it is not only simple, but really good.