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Author Notes: Ok, this is Spanish rice, but we're in Texas and it's what is served with TexMex food. I learned from a friend that if you grind the garlic, jalapeno and cumin seed you get a flavor that can't be beat. I got a "molcajete" for Christmas and I have to agree! The molcajete is just a large mortar & pestle so you can grind larger amounts. —nannydeb
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 fresh jalapeno or serrano pepper (or more to suite your taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 stalk celery, diced
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 1 cup short grain white rice
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup V-8 or tomato juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- Grind the garlic, jalapeno and cumin seeds in the molcajete or mortar & pestle. Set aside.
- Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the celery and onion and cook 3-4 minutes or so. Add the garlic mixture and rice and cook another 1-2 minutes.
- Combine the chicken broth and V-8 in a large measuring cup. Add salt & pepper to taste.
- Add the chicken broth mixture to the rice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Garnish with fresh cilantro.