A vegetarian one-pot lunch or dinner recipe, Mexican rice loaded with vegetables, beans, peas, tofu is the recipe I like to share with you. This recipe is healthy and tasty with the punch of smoked paprika and spices. I served this vegetarian recipe along with roasted rotisserie chicken and mayo cilantro dipping sauce.
Like anyone, I like to have rice for my lunch most of the days. If I am into Indian style cooking, then I need to go for many separate dishes that make a complete meal like rice, curry, side dishes (poriyal, kootu). Some days I don’t feel like doing this long list of dishes. And when I feel like a variety or change from the routine, I will try different but simple dishes. This is one of the days, which is different from the daily routine. I prepared Mexican rice, Roasted rotisserie chicken, and mayo cilantro dipping to enjoy my weekend lunch.
Which type of rice is best to use in Mexican rice recipes?
Basmati rice is best as they are aromatic. The long grain basmati gives flavour and the best texture and taste while eating. Good brand basmati rice will yield fluffy and separate rice grains after cooking.
How to make the rice fluffy?
The perfect amount of water and rice ratio will yield fluffy rice. Stir-frying rice with less oil in low heat will ensure the separate rice grains after cooking.
Is Mexican rice is healthy?
As long as the ingredients are not canned, does not contain any preservatives and the produces are fresh and organic the Mexican rice is healthy. This recipe does not include any cheese, cream or butter that adds more calories.
What do we need to make Mexican Rice?
This recipe is on the fluffy side thus pleases even if you are not a rice lover. The fresh tomatoes, butter beans, peas and carrot are merged and blended with chilli powder and cumin powder. The smoky flavour from the smoked paprika is a divine aroma that will increase your appetite.
International recipes to try
Roasted rotisserie chicken– A roasted rotisserie chicken that includes paprika, chilli powder, soy sauce and cumin powder.
Japanese vegetarian/vegan sushi– A healthy vegetarian/vegan sushi stuffed with cucumber and carrots.
Thai-style steamed fish with lime and ginger– A whole fish steamed with lime, lemongrass and ginger to enjoy Thai-style seabass.
Falafel in 2 ways– A Middle Eastern style baked and fried falafel recipe made using chickpeas/garbanzo beans.
Easy Mexican rice recipe |one pot meal |tofu and vegetables
- Basmati rice- 1 1/2 cups
- Bay leaf-1
- Butter beans-1/2 cup
- Peas-1/2 cup
- Black olives-7
- Tomatoes-2 puree
- Smoked paprika-1/2 tsp
- Chilli powder-1/2 tsp
- Cumin Powder-1/2 tsp
- Add oil in a hot pan.
- Add bay leaf and fry.
- Add onion and fry until the colour of the onion becomes translucent.
- Add butter beans.
- Add chopped carrot.
- Add peas and corn. Cook for few minutes.
- Add chopped capsicum and fry.
- Add tomato puree and cook.
- Add cumin powder.
- Wash and prep the rice to use. Keep aside.
- Add chilli powder and mix well.
- Add water.
- Now add salt and bring it to boil.
- Add rice and cover with a lid.
- Add tofu when the water started to reduce.
- Add chopped olives.
- Cook covered until the rice is fluffy.
- Mexican rice is ready now.
- Serve with rotisserie chicken and garlic cilantro dip.
- Fry the washed basmati with less oil to get fluffy rice.
- Add your favourite vegetables to make a hearty and healthy one-pot meal.
- For homemade tomato puree, I used the blender to grind the tomato into a puree. You can use canned store-bought tomato puree.
- Simple spices like chilli powder and cumin powders are used to spice up Mexican rice. You can play wild with your spice preferences.
Some more International recipes
Claypot chicken rice in a pressure cooker– A clay pot chicken rice made in a pressure cooker to ease up the cooking process and ends with flavorful, tasty chicken rice.
Vegetarian Japanese curry– A vegetarian Japanese curry uses simple ingredients to enjoy the mild and tasty curry.
Air fryer tapioca cake– A tapioca cake/kueh that is made from scratch and cooked healthily and quickly using an air fryer.
Tofu, mushroom stuffed wonton ravioli pasta– A ravioli pasta recipe that uses red sauce and stuffed with tofu and mushroom.
Homemade vegetarian | Vegan Chili– A homemade vegetarian /vegan chilli loaded with beans and vegetables to enjoy this protein-rich healthy recipe.
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