Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe | Easy Mexican Recipes

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chipotle style cilantro lime rice
Cilantro lime rice is one of the main components of the famous Chipotle style Mexican Burrito Bowl.It is an easy recipe which can be prepared with minimal ingredients available in the kitchen.You do not need to make the complete Burrito bowl to enjoy this Cilantro-Lime rice.It pairs up beautifully with any spicy dish and I like to pair it with a spicy bell pepper sauce and Cucumber-Sour cream dip or Rajma.
 chipotle style cilantro lime rice

Chipotle style Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe:
(Serves 2)

1 cup Basmati Rice or Long grain Rice
Juice of 1 big Lime
3-4 tbsp chopped fresh Coriander leaves
1 tbsp Olive Oil/Butter
Salt to taste

  • Wash and Soak Basmati rice for 10-15 mins.Drain the water and keep it aside.
  • Heat olive oil/butter in a thick bottomed kadai and add rice and fry well until it becomes translucent.
  • Add 2 cups of water and add salt and few drops of lime juice and cover it and cook it on low flame for 12-15 mins until it is cooked completely.Once the rice is done keep it covered for 10 mins.
  • Fluff up the rice with a fork carefully,do not over do this.Add the rest of lime juice,chopped coriander and mix well and keep it aside for 10-15 mins until the flavors blend well.
Serve it with any spicy side dish or spicy bell pepper sauce(recipe below) and Cucumber-Sour cream dip like I did.I even served Broccoli stir fry as a side.
You can even use it in your burrito bowl.I like to combine this with Indian Kidney beans -Rajma .
cilantro lime rice
  1. Sometimes the rice turn bitter if lime juice is added to rice while cooking,hence I prefer to add it after the rice is cooked.
  2. Adding few drops of lime juice while cooking makes the rice fluffy and would not stick.
  3. You can saute 2-3 finely chopped garlic pods and 1 finely chopped onion in the oil before adding the rice.
  4. If you have vegetable stock in hand,use it instead of water,it makes the rice even more flavorful.
  5. You can use any neutral flavored oil instead of olive oil in the recipe.
  6. You can use this rice to stuff in a burrito with sour cream,salsa and veggies to make a wrap.
cilantro lime rice

spicy bell pepper sauce

Spicy Bell Pepper Sauce Recipe:

1/2 Red bell pepper,finely chopped
1/2 Yellow bell pepper,finely chopped
1 small Onion,finely chopped
2-3 big Garlic pods,finely chopped
1 tsp Corn flour
few drops of Vinegar(or Soya sauce)
few drops of Tabasco sauce or Hot sauce
1 tsp Mixed Herbs or Herbs de Provence
1/2 tsp Red chili flakes
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
1 tbsp Olive oil
Salt to taste
  • Heat olive oil and add chopped garlic and onion and saute it nicely.
  • Add finely chopped bell peppers and saute them for a couple of minute.Keep them crunchy and do not let them become soft.
  • Add red chili flakes and herbs to it and saute for a minute.
  • Add 1 cup of water and let it come to a boil.
  • Add salt and pepper powder to it and mix well.
  • Meanwhile mix cornflour in 2-3 tbsp of water nicely and add this to the boiling mixture and mix it nicely so that no lumps would be formed.Let it boil for 3-4 mins until the sauce becomes thick.
  • Add tabasco sauce, soya sauce or vinegar to it and mix well and switch off the flame immediately.
Serve it with Cilantro lime rice.
cilantro lime rice
  1. Adjust the seasonings,sauces according to your taste buds.
  2. I like the hint of soya sauce in the sauce,it is optional.You can add just vinegar or soya sauce or both.
spicy bell pepper sauce


Akila said...

Can feel the flavor of the rice

Sunanda said...

Very interesting recipe.. looks very tempting..
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Savi-Ruchi said...

Never tried this bell pepper sauce at home. Next time when I make the cilantro rice, I will make sure to make the sauce too. Thanks for the recipe.

Rumana Rawat said...

I can imagine the aroma... Yummy..

great-secret-of-life said...

I love this rice.. I do it too. The sauce is new it is lovely combo

Unknown said...

Sounds great...will try it soon..

saraniskitchen said...

luks inviting...lovely pic

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

Very interesting one, though i have heard aboutthis never tried

Divya Shivaraman said...

that looks yummy

Indian Khana said...

the spread looks delicious ....very flavorful rice and love that sauce ..yum

Anusha said...

that s one spot on chipotle style meal

Unknown said...

my mexican rice..love to eat with black beans or pinto beans

FewMinute Wonders said...

Looks delicious.

Vimitha Durai said...

Nice flavorful rice

Unknown said...

This is the one which I make often next to green rice. Love it.

Unknown said...

hey..i heard that u shud nt use olive oil for cooking or high temp..i mean use it only fr dressing..here u say u cooked wid it??

Sravs said...

Super delicious rice !! looks so inviting !!

Janani said...

I love this rice so much it's the highlight flavor in chipotle love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Unknown said...

nice, flavorful and yummy rice with a beautiful sauce....luv the clicks..
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chef and her kitchen said...

@sahana...what you heard is correct,but it is Extra virgin olive oil which is not be used for cooking and is used only in dressings..but you can use regular olive oil for light sauteeing,how ever you cannot use for deep frying.

Anonymous said...

Looks Yum! Can we use only green bell pepper instead of yellow and the red ones?

chef and her kitchen said...

@anon..ofcourse you can use green peppes

Unknown said...

both rice and sauce is splendid and wanna try it out...nice clicks too...

madscar said...

This is amazing! I love it:)

Unknown said...


Sherri @ The Well Floured Kitchen said...

Love the rice at chipotle, but your red pepper sauce really has me intrigued. I can't wait to try it.

divya said...

Super delicious rice !! looks so inviting !!

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't there be cilantro in the cilantro lime rice? Is coriander the correct ingredient?

chef and her kitchen said...

@anon....cilantro is same as coriander.in the us it is called cilantro n in India and uk it is called coriander

DS said...

Thanks for the recipe...just now tried Cilantro lime rice & bell pepper sauce for dinner, Turned very nice ! great combination & so quick & simple to make :)

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