Easy Mexican rice recipe

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A simple, easy Mexican rice recipe that can be ready in 40 minutes. The the rice is first toasted in onion, garlic, carrot and Mexican spices, then cooked in water and tomato boullion. Serve as a side dish with your favorite Mexican dishes such as burritos, chimichangas, enchiladas etc.
Preparation time: 5 minutes, Cooking time: 40 minutes, Serves: 4 - 6 


2 cups Basmati rice or similar

4 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 small white onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste

2 tsp dry tomato boullion
4 cups water


Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.

In a pan over high heat add the vegetable oil and butter and bring to a heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrot, cumin, paprika and oregano and season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute, for a 1 to 2 minutes, then add the rice and cook for 5 minutes more, stirring constantly, until the rice starts to brown slightly.

Add the water and tomato boullion and stir. Bring water to a boil, then lower heat to a minimum, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit (covered) for 15 minutes.
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