Thursday, July 24, 2008

Arroz Verde

Rice cooking, I fear you no more. Yes, I've been somewhat Mexican-focused of late, but I was determined to veganize's Arroz Verde. Santo Dios! We loved it.

I can't quite put my finger on what makes this rice irresistible. The mild heat of the poblanos? The vibrant green color? The depth of flavor from the broth?

Whatever it is, let me tell you that this recipe is perfect for those of us who are challenged in the rice cooking department. The poblano puree means it will naturally turn out a little sticky! You can go all hardcore and try Rick Bayless's tips for resolving the stickiness, but I say why bother? Pressure is off, dear readers. Make it sticky and enjoy.

Arroz Verde
about 5 servings

2 fresh poblano peppers, chopped (stems, seeds, and veins removed)
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped (stem, seeds, veins removed)
2 scallions, chopped
1 cup cilantro, include stems and leaves
1/2 cup baby spinach
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1 cup long-grain brown rice
2 cups vegetable broth

In a food processor, combine peppers, scallions, cilantro, spinach, and salt with 1/4 cup water. Process until pureed with no large pieces remaining. Set aside.
In a pot (with a lid), heat oil over medium-high heat. Saute the rice for about 3 minutes.
Add the poblano puree and simmer for about 1 minute.
Then add the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer. Turn heat to low and cover with a lid.
Cook until rice is done and liquid is largely absorbed. My rice package directions indicated to cook for 50 minutes, but with the poblano puree added, I cooked mine for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit, covered, for about 10 minutes.


  1. This is the worlds greatest rice.

  2. wow! this looks amazing - and it sounds even more amazing! i'm a HUGE brown rice fan and dan loooooves anything spicy! we're gonna try this recipe and maybe i'll make up some beans & veggies to toss on top!

    thanks, Lisa! :D

  3. This rice sounds really delicious, I like all the greenies in there.

  4. LISA YOU ROCK MY WORLD! I've actually been quite happy with your Mexican kick lately, but I'm biased.

    This rice looks perfect. I can imagine a simple beans and rice meal featuring this rice. It would take a "ho-hum" meal and make it something special.

    I bet this would be good in burritos too.

  5. I love, love, love Mexican food! this rice looks great! BTW, I nominated you for an award. check out my blog to see it...

  6. Ever since I lost my fear of the rice cooker - my rice has been fabulous. So I completely understand.

  7. MD, flattery will get you everywhere.

    Jessy, this sounds like your kind of dish! Don said we need to have it every week.

    Erin, it certainly does turn out green!

    Jennifer, we loved this in burritos with your refried beans. Yum.

    Ve*ganChick, thank you! That's so sweet.

    Nikki, I think I'm getting there with my rice skills, finally!

  8. This looks so good! I'm terrible at making rice. I even have a rice cooker and it's still a gamble. This looks so good though, that I just might have to try it.

  9. that looks so good! im going to make it this weekend. thankfully I'm asian and i was born knowing how to cook rice!

  10. Oh wow. I am scared of trying anything rice-like without the support of my trusty and fool-proof rice cooker. I may have to venture into unknown cooking territory though, this looks insanely good, especially since ANYTHING Southwest-ish would be a hit around here!!

  11. Personally, I'm loving your Mexican focus! Everything, including this rice, just looks so delicious. I bought a bunch of cilantro by mistake yesterday, so this would be a great way to put it to some use!

  12. Thanks for the nomination & congrats on yours! :o)

    I love what you did with the poblanos! That rice looks so good right now. Now I'm hungry!

  13. I'm hungry for that rice!!

  14. Madeline, I'm still practicing as well!

    Anonymous, hope you enjoy it!

    Tofu Mom, we loved this dish! You might want to take the risk.

    Jennycestcake, this would be perfect for your bunch of cilantro!

    Destiny's Kitchen, thanks! I really enjoy your blog and can't believe I haven't come across it before recently.

    lk, I might have to make another batch this week!

  15. WOW! I can't wait to try this!! Yummmmm.... Thanks for sharing :D

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