I prepared this Cilantro Rice the other day to serve alongside our Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon with Tropical Salsa. It was a perfect side dish. The cilantro and green onions really brightened up the rice and added just enough flavor to keep it from being boring. I also included a “secret ingredient”…I crushed up 3 cloves of garlic and threw them in with the dry rice and water during the cooking process. Nothing wrong with a little garlic right?
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen
1 cup Basmati rice, uncooked
2 cups cold water
3 cloves garlic, crushed with the side of your knife
1 tsp olive oil
large handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
2-3 green onions, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Combine rice and water in a large microwavable covered dish (I use my Corning Ware). Add a small drizzle of olive oil and crushed garlic to rice. Place in microwave and cook for 18 minutes. Do not take off lid during cooking process. Once it is cooked, fluff rice with a fork and taste for doneness. (If at this time it’s not cooked well enough – it should be – just add a small amount of water and cook for a few more minutes) Toss in chopped cilantro, green onions, salt and pepper.