In Ecuador, Cilantro Rice is something that is eaten on a daily basis. My in-laws eat it with pretty much every meal, including lasagna! My daughter is just like her grandpa – cilantro rice at every meal. She always loved rice, and as kids do, she would say the truth when I made rice at home. “Your rice is not as good as Abue’s”. Well after a few times of hearing that my rice was not as good as grandma’s, I decided I needed to learn the “right” way to do it from my mother-in-law, and honestly, I would never go back! It is so good, you could almost say its addicting!
With just a bit more effort you will have some delicious rice! You heat some oil in a pan, add the rice, salt, and minced garlic-basically browning the rice while your water comes to a boil. This small step really does take your rice to the next level!
Once the water is boiling VERY CAREFULLY add the boiling water, and stir. Add the bunch of cilantro on the top and cover with the lid. Turn down the heat to simmer – on my stove it is a 2.
Allow to simmer about 25 minutes. Remove the lid, and with a fork take the boiled cilantro off the top (which gives your rice some AWESOME flavor) and throw that out. Fluff your rice with a fork and serve. A yummy alternative to regular steamed rice, and is a great side to any meal.
We love adding really any salad to this rice, one of our favorites is a tomato salad Tomato Salad – which is basically some pico de gallo with a kick! All that have Cilantro Rice tell me its now their new favorite, and they want to make it for their own families!
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