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  1. Mely, no lo puedo creer! Has de cuenta que estoy viendo u oyendo a mi mama cocinar el arroz. Hasta lo de sacarle el aceite despues de dorar el arroz, y el arroz con platano! Estoy asombrada! Mil gracias por cumplirme el deseo! Me has recordado varios detalles que ya no hacia en el proceso, creo que haran toda la diferencia para mejorar mi arrocito.
    Te mando un abrazo fuerte fuerte!

  2. Mely, eso, saber hacer arroz y un huevo estrellado (frito) sin que se rompiera, y ya podías casarte!!! Jajajaj, muy bueno tu arroz así lo hago yo, idéntico.(Que bonita tu cazuela de barro) Ahora las casaderas no saben hacer nada. Somos la ultima genaración de cocineras! Bueno no hay que generalizar… SALUDOS!

  3. This rice recipe creates a masterpiece. I absolutely love it. Adding tomato mixture is a great idea! Actually, we have such a dish in Turkish cuisine, but not so common. I also don’t stir it while cooking. Just I’m not sure about bananas. Rice is something savory for me, so putting something sweet, I don’t know. But avacado is a great idea for it.

  4. I made the rice dish last night for my family and everyone absolutely loved it!I have to admit i was a little skeptical at first, but it turned out great. I opted to add cilantro for garnish and did not choose to add the peas.

  5. Excelentemente bién explicada tu receta y me encanta lo perfecto que usas el idioma. felicidades por hacer TODO bién.Toda una mujer.

  6. hoy comi arroz con crema y la revuelvo y le agrege platano. I love it. Arroz con platano i thought we were the only ones…..

  7. Lady, I'm so glad I found your blog! You seem like a nice person with many great authentic recipes to offer. I made your rice tonight and it was delish! I only had long grain rice on hand but I plan to buy the medium grain for the next time I make it. You never did say to seed those serranos and I didn't because I've used them before without the seeds for a fruit salsa(a recipe whose reviewers complained about the heat from the serranos), but I found that in seeding them, the salsa was bland. I was a little worried about using two and I have to admit there was quite a heat kick to the rice(however so good no one complained), so the next time I make it I will only use one serrano with the seeds. I'm not at all new to making white rice and I use my trusty stainless steel deep frying pan or a 4 qt sauce pan when making more than 1 1/2 cups. I don't use a rice cooker as I've developed my own method that produces perfect rice. It's a technique I've used for a number of years, so as a result didn't soak my rice beforehand and didn't bother to rinse so as not to lose the vitamins(the USA requires it's rice to be enriched). I've made mexican rice many times before so I always brown my rice before adding the broth. A favorite style of mexican rice around my home that I make is annatto and coriander rice. Not sure if it is really considered mexican, but Goya sells the packets I use to make it. Basically, I brown one cup of dry rice and 1/4 cup of diced onion in 2 tbsp butter, add in 2 tsp minced garlic, then add 2 1/4 cup of chicken broth(I use chicken granules and water in place of canned broth)and lastly 1/2 tsp of table salt. I bring it to a boil, turn down the heat(on my electric smooth top stove)just up a notch from the lowest setting until the liquid stops furiously boiling and wait a minute or so until I put the lid on. I don't remove the lid and let it cook for 25 minutes without stirring at all. When it's done, I turn the burner off, remove it from the heat, usually let it sit covered on a cold burner until I'm done with the rest of dinner(5-10 min)and when I'm ready to serve, fluff it with a fork. I also used this cooking method for your mexican rice recipe, but followed your instructions after browning by adding the blended tomato, onion, and garlic, letting the rice soak up the tomato mixture, and then proceeded to make the rice how I've always made it. It was great and I learned some new ways of doing things, thanks to you! I will also be trying out other recipes of yours like the pork carnita–I was just amazed at the techniques you use for that recipe and plan on trying them! Thanks for taking the time to share your kitchen with the rest of us. I'm by no means a newbie at cooking(been doing it awhile and while taking advantage of some modern conveniences like buying broth instead of making, store bought spices, I tend to avoid relying too much on processed foods) but, one can always be better at things.

  8. Mely,

    Found your blog today when I googled cafe de olla. You're recipe is exactly what I was looking for. Funny story about the rice! My dad says the exact thing. When I learned to make Mexican rice just like my mom my dad would say "ya te puedes Casar". Regarding the recipe- glad you shared the step about rinsing the rice. I find this step is skipped quite often and the flavor is not the same. I can actually taste the difference from unrinsed rice and rinsed and if you ask me it's just not authentic if it's not rinsed. Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes!

    Lisa Diaz

  9. Many Years ago I was living below a Young Mexican Lady and she taught me how to make Mexican Rice, She took the rice and browned it in the pan, then just took the onion and cut it into quarters and added it in the rice to cook,, then added the rest of the ingredients.. Yum.. I like yours and know that every cook has a different way of preparing it…

  10. Hello! This will be my first try at this recipe. I'm planning to use long grain rice, since my store only sells short or long grains. I usually use a 1 to 1 ratio of water and rice. Sometimes, 1 cup rice to 1.5 cups water. Here, you have 1.5 cups rice, which, for me, I'd usually only use 2 1/4 cups liquid. I'm concerned that, if I use the 3.5 cups you recommend, it'll be mushy/runny? I'm so sorry to ask this question, since I don't even know if you've made it with long grain! It's for my son's birthday party on Saturday, so I want to be certain we get it right! Thank you so much!

    • Hello Megan,
      Long grain rice has a different starch content that medium or short. And you are right to be concern about the amount of liquid added since no one likes a mushy rice. 🙂 Follow your experience using your own personal way of cooking rice. If after a while of cooking you see that the rice needs more liquid, then add some more hot liquid, just enough to finish cooking to your liking.

      I hope every comes out delicious for the party.


  11. I read and re-read your recipe and I never see the serrano peppers appear. Anyway, I use half of one and just throw it in there when the liquid is boiling down. Great recipe =)

    • Hello Ms. Casas,
      In the step where it says add the broth and the rest of the optional vegetables. I added a note to be more especific.

      Thanks for letting me know. Happy Cooking!

  12. Thank you for this amazing blog. When I was younger I would always go to my friends house and her mother would be cooking amazing authentic Mexican food. She would tell me when I was older she would show me how to cook. Unfortunately they moved away. Thank you SO much for sharing these amazing recipes brings back so many memories.

  13. I made your rice recipe today and it came out excellent!!!! I used long-grain rice (what I had on hand) and it didn't get mushy. I substituted one freshly diced zucchini for the peas & carrots.I also omitted the Serrano. I served the rice with your recipe for picadillo stuffed chile rellenos & my husband raved about the stuffed chiles!!!! I found your blog after googling "chile relleno stuffed with picadillo." I'll be coming back for more!!! Gracias, Brenda C.

    • Hello Angie,
      Frying the rice creates a coating on the grains that keep them from sticking to each other. That's is also the reason of the rinsing the grain. Happy cooking!

  14. I would like to suggest that your printer-friendly recipe be a condensed version of the recipe that does not include the step-by-step pictures. When I printed this recipe, it took nine pages!

  15. Finally a recipe that uses actual tomatoes!! A while ago I was staying at a friend's house and her Mom was making dinner, I remember her frying the rice and using whole tomatoes, but most of the recipes I've come across call for a can of tomato paste, which is not what I was looking for.I remember I wanted to 'help' and was going to stir the rice, and well, I had never seen her move so fast! She told me I could never touch the rice while it was cooking or it wouldn't turn out right.

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