1 tbsp butter
2 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 fresh key lime (or ½ regular lime)
½ tsp salt (kosher or sea salt)
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups water
Sautee the rice in butter until almost translucent (as if you are making a risotto).
Add water, bring to a boil.
As soon as the water begins to boil, turn the heat down low.
Simmer, covered for 15-20 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.
Turn off heat. DON’T PEEK. LEAVE IT COVERED for 30 minutes (this is the “steaming” part…. Chipotle steams rice every hour). This is what makes the rice fluffy. You won’t be happy with yourself if you don’t do this. Be patient. Good things come to those who wait.
Remove lid, let some of the steam out. It may be helpful to transfer rice into a mixing bowl for the next step.
Mix salt and juice of key lime together until salt is dissolved.
Pour it over rice, fluff with a fork.
Sprinkle in cilantro, and toss well to evenly coat with cilantro and lime mixture.
Thank you so much for this recipe…will definitely give this one a try =)
I wish I could eat cilantro, but it tastes like lemon Joy to me! Do you think this would work well with Italian basil?
I’d say yes, just because a lot of thai dishes use basil (thai basil, but still) with lime and coconut… so you never know – you might wind up with a thai dish on your hands instead of a Chipotle one, LOL.
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