Coconut-Lime Brown Basmati Rice with Cilantro


 Coconut-Lime Brown Basmati Rice with Cilantro


2 cups brown basmati rice (or other rice of your choice)

2 shallots - diced 

2 TBS olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 cup chopped cilantro & extra for garnish

zest of one large lime

juice of one large lime

Lime wedges for garnish

coconut milk (quantity should be 1/4 - 1/2 of the total liquid required for the rice you are using) - I used one cup here


Zest the lime.  Chop the cilantro.  

Heat the oil in a large stock pot.  Add the diced shallots & saute one minute.  Add the dry rice & saute 2-3 minutes - stirring constantly.  Read the directions on your rice & add whatever amount of liquid they suggest - but replace 1/4 to 1/2 of it with the coconut milk (3 parts water - i part coconut milk).  Bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat.  Wrap the lid to your pan in a dish towel & place it on top of the pan.  Be SURE no part of the towel is in danger of catching on fire.  If this seems tricky - just lose the towel.  It is meant to capture excess liquid but it is not critical - especially if it isn't safe.  Steam the rice like this for as long as your package suggests.  Remove from heat & let sit - undisturbed - for 10-15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork & add the lime zest, lime juice, salt & cilantro.  Mix well. Serve with cilantro & lime wedges for garnish.