Earlier I posted the story of why I decided to try to make my own Chipotle style meal at home, but I wanted to post just the rice recipe by itself. It is good enough to make on it’s own.
CopyCat Chipotle Basmati (White) Rice
1 tbsp butter
(I always cook with real butter, you can also use 1 tbsp oil)
1 Cup Basmati Rice
2 cups water
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp Fresh Cilantro
Melt the butter over a medium heat, add the rice and saute it. You want it to have almost a translucent (or wet) appearance.
Add the water, turn the heat up to high, and bring it to a boil.
As soon as it begins to boil, turn the heat down to low, place your lid on your pan, and let the rice simmer for 15-20 minutes. You want the water to be absorbed
Turn off the heat. Now the tough part….and trust me, you will be tempted, but DO NOT LIFT THE LID for 30 minutes after you turn off the heat. The steam will help the rice be nice and fluffy and you want fluffy rice. 🙂
While it is steaming, in a small dish, mix the salt and the lime juice together until the salt is dissolved. You can also get your cilantro ready at this time. If you know how to chop cilantro with a knife, go for it, but I use my mini chopper because it works best for me.
After the tortuous, tempting 30 minutes of steaming WITHOUT CHECKING ON IT…..lift the lid, allowing the steam to escape and put the rice into a mixing bowl. Fluff the rice with a fork while adding the salt / lime mixture.
Add the cilantro slowly while continuing to fluff.