Very good rice and quite simple to make, cooking in the usual twenty minutes (no peeking or stirring). I reduced the salt to one tsp and used saffron threads.
I made this rice last night(X'mas eve) for my brother and myself. I used only 1/2 tsp. of red chilli powder(to cut down on the spiciness). Another change I made was of using whole cumin seeds instead of cumin powder. That brought out the flavour of cumin much better. I also cut down on the salt to just a tsp. I was a little puzzled as to what tomato sauce meant(I thought it meant Tomato Ketchup). Luckily, the answer was on Zaar itself. I found it by clicking on the word "tomato paste". I used 2 roma tomatoes(washed, peeled and chopped) and just shy of 1 cup of water to prepare the paste(tomato sauce). I loved adding saffron to this wonderful side dish! I served this rice with fat-free plain yogurt and my Chickpeas curry(recipe going to be posted with the name 'Subru uncle's Channa masala'). We quite liked it! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas!
This recipe is authentic, delicious, and easy to prepare. I recommend it highly. I do recommend using a long grain rice that requires a lot of liquid for tenderness. I made it with jasmine rice and it was excellent, flavorful, and nicely moist and tender. I did add a teaspoon of coriander seed, and I toasted the cumin and coriander seeds before grinding. I also used guajillo chile powder.
Great Rice! We both loved the rice. I really could taste the saffron along with all the other flavors. DH isn't big on rice but loved this one. Served with shrimp tacos, shrimp and chorizo quesadilla and Mexican chocolate mousse for dessert.
I feel terrible not agreeing with the rest, but I found this rice dish to be very bland. I was really hoping for something better than a comparative Spanish Rice. This just needed something. The next day, I added more chili powder, didn't help, more saffron, didn't help, and a lot of salt. We even added some grilled corn. Still didn't work for me. BH felt the same, sorry.
Made with brown rice I had to cook it longer but the end result was delicious!
I was having chicken fajitas and really have been tired of plain old white rice. This recipe inspired me. :) I didn't have tomato sauce, or chili powder, so I used about 1/4 C of spaghetti sauce, and about 1/4 t of crushed red pepper, and I put in about 5 drops of tabasco sauce. even with these changes the rice was delicious...had a little kick and was a nice change from just white. :)
This is definitely the best mexican rice I have ever had.The first thing I did was steep the saffron in alittle hot water for 15 minutes before adding it to the mixture.I roasted red and yellow peppers..I used a cast iron skillet with olive oil..Full of flavor and color is wonderful..I laminated this recipe..Will make often...
Wonderful change from plain white rice! The leftovers tasted even better reheated the next day! I poured the tomato sauce into a measuring cup and only enough water to equal 3 cups including the sauce because I didn't want the rice to become too mushy. It turned out well! Thanks!
This recipe is what I love about this website. I would have never thought of mixing saffron, tomato sauce chili powder and rice. I followed this recipe exactly and was rewarded with a tasty mexican rice to accompany the mexican casserole that I made. Excellent recipe. I highly recommend other members to try this recipe.