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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mexican Green Rice (Arroz Verde)

Rice is a staple food in Mexico. Though the Mexican green rice is rarely featured on menus in Mexican restaurants, it is often made in the homes. Known as the 'Arroz Verde' (literally meaning - 'Rice Green'), it is full of flavor and goes well with fish or chicken. Moreover it is very easy to prepare.

Mexican Green Rice (Arroz Verde)
Mexican Green Rice (Arroz Verde)
Mexican Green Rice (Arroz Verde) - Recipe
Rice - 1 cup
Capsicum (Green bell Pepper) - 1 small (chop and remove the seeds)
Garlic - 2 -3 cloves
Chillies - 2-3 (preferably poblano, if you don't find these use regular green chillies)
Coriander leaves - few sprigs
Parsley - few sprigs (If you don't find these, just use more coriander leaves)
Onion - 1 small (chopped)
Lemon juice - 1/4 teaspoon
Oil and salt

1. Wash and drain rice.
2. Blend capsicum, green chillies, onion, garlic, coriander leaves and parsley into a paste.
3. Heat oil in a pan, add rice and saute for a couple of minutes.
4. Add the paste, 2 cups of water, salt and the lemon juice.
5. Lower the heat, cover and cook until the rice is done and all the liquid is absorbed.
6. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon wedges.
This rice goes well with fish, chicken or even tacos.

Some variations:
1. Instead of cooking the rice in water, you can use chicken or vegetable stock. It adds more flavor to the rice.
2. Add peas to make the rice more interesting.

43 comments:

  1. wow! THIS LOOKS YUMMY.. i have no doubt, it is flavouful..

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  3. Never blended capsicum to paste before. Interesting flavours.

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    1. Thanks Radha. Even I was a little skeptical about blending capsicum but it turned out wonderfully and actually added a lot to the flavor.

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  4. Looks delicious..somewhat like our green masala rice.

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    1. Thanks Shobha...yes pretty much but less spicy.

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  5. Thats an interesting flavourful and colourful rice. :)

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  6. Delicious n flavorful rice, sounds so yummy.

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  7. Thanks for dropping in my space.. you too have beautiful space..:)

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  8. Looks delicious and healthy.. Nice to know some new Mexican recipe :) Thanks for sharing dear!!

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  9. Hi Thanks for visiting my blog. Love this Mexican rice....looks so yum and the colour is gorgeous....:-)

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  11. Mexican green rice looks awesome, love the color n sounds very flavorful.
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  12. Love your blog and your recipes, everything looks delicious:)
    Have a wonderful day!

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  13. rice preparation looks just awesome. nice one dear

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  14. Rice is one of my favorite carbs.

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  15. wow..yum yummmm...love the recipe & the flavor of it
    Tasty Appetite

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  16. Delicious Rice. Aptly named...

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    Do visit my space in your free time.

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  17. I love rice items. Mexican flavors are interesting! Will try some time!

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  18. Super flavourful and inviting green rice..

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  19. Super delicious.Could you give a recipe for tasty red chicken curry party dish?

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