This Cilantro Lime Rice is fragrant and flavorful, and very easy to make.
2cupsbasmati rice(or jasmine rice)
2tbspgheeor other cooking fat of choice
1/2 cuplightly packed cilantro leaveschopped
2tbspfresh lime juice
zest of 2 limes
Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly under running water until the water running through comes out clear instead of cloudy, about 2 minutes. Let rice drain in strainer for 2 more minutes.
In a large nonstick pan (must have a tight fitting lid for use later), melt the ghee over medium heat. Add the rice and toast for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. The look of the rice will change, and eventually become evenly coated in oil and have a chalky and opaque look to it.
Add the water and salt, and stir. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low, to maintain a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, making sure not to lift the lid during cooking.
After 20 minutes, the liquid should all be absorbed. Stir and fluff the rice, and let sit off the heat for another 5 minutes to cool slightly and let the steam rise off.
Stir in the cilantro leaves, lime juice, and lime zest, then serve. Enjoy!