Long time back when went to Vegas, we ate at a Mexican restaurant in Venetian. We ordered something( I don't remember what it was) and they served cilantro rice as a side dish. The side dish was so good that I don't remember the main entrée. Me and my husband loved that rice. It looked like a simple recipe and I could taste cilantro lime and ginger. I thought of trying that after I get back home, but never really made it again. I usually make the Indian version of the cilantro rice with ginger garlic, tomatoes and garam masala etc. but I just loved this simple rice with not much of the seasoning dominating the cilantro and ginger.
I had some left over rice from yesterday and an extra bunch of cilantro. So tried my hands at making the Vegas Cilantro rice.
Only thing I added in my version which was definitely not present in the original one was onions. But I liked the crunch of onions in the rice.
Except for the onions it tasted similar to the one I had in Vegas.
- Cilantro: 1 bunch for paste
- Finely chopped cilantro( for garnishing): 2 tbsp
- Long Grain white rice or Basmati Rice( Cooked): 2 cups
- Oil: 3 tbsp
- Onion(medium sized): 1/2
- Mint Leaves: 5
- Ginger root: 1/2 inch piece
- Salt to taste
- Creole Seasoning: 2 tsp
- Green chillies: 4
- Lime juice: 1 tbsp
- Chopped green onions: 2 tbsp
- Chop cilantro and make it into a paste in a blender along with the ginger root and green chillies and set this paste aside. Add little water for pureeing if needed.
- Chop onions into small pieces.
- Add oil to the pan and when the oil is heated, add the onions and 1/2 tsp of salt and cook them.
- When the onions turn soft and brown, add the mint leaves and the cilantro paste and cook for few minutes.
- Now add the cooked rice and mix well. add the creole seasoning and adjust the salt.
- Add lemon juice and garnish with chopped cilantro and green onions.