Cilantro Rice

This Mexican-style rice dish gets its flavor from a mixture of cilantro, garlic and chile pepper that's blended and added to simmering rice.

Yield: Makes 4 or 5 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 238
  • Calories from fat: 8.4%
  • Protein: 5.3g
  • Fat: 2.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 48g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 132mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg


  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresh jalapeño chili, stemmed
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup grated carrot
  • Salt
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs


  1. 1. In a blender, whirl 1 cup cilantro, garlic, chili, and 1 cup broth until smooth.
  2. 2. In a 3- to 4-quart pan over medium heat, stir oil, rice, onion powder, and cumin until rice is pale golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in cilantro mixture, remaining broth, and carrot. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed, about 18 minutes.
  3. 3. If desired, season to taste with salt. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.
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