Arroz Verde (Green Rice or Cilantro Rice)
Ready in 35 minutes
Serves : 4
1 cup long grain white rice
3 ounce fresh spinach
1/2 cup parsley leaves; or fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup oil
3 cup hot water
Soak the rice for 5 minutes in warm water, rinse well and drain.
Rinse the spinach well, place it in a saucepan with no added water, cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a blender, add the parsley, onion, garlic and 1/4 c. water and puree.
Heat oil in a skillet, add rice and saute for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
When the grains begin to separate, remove from the heat and drain off the excess oil.
Add the spinach-parsely mixture to the skillet and saute for 2 minutes.
Add the hot water and salt to taste.
When the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat and cook, covered, for about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
By Danica Paz