Yellow rice (Mexican)

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An unusual rice dish that uses ground achiote seeds (annatto powder) to colour it. Although it's a Mexican dish, it would work in place of any rice dish.

Yellow rice (Mexican)
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:132
Ready in:45 minutes
Prep. time:10 minutes
Cook time:35 minutes
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:24th October 2012

Best recipe review

Definitely Mexican


Annatto makes this special!


Yellow rice - The ingredients


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  1. In a sieve, rinse the rice for a few minutes under cold running water to remove excess starch. The water should run clear once done
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic for 4 minutes until soft and translucent
  3. Add the annatto powder and fry for a further 3 minutes
  4. Mix the rice into the onion mix and stir well to coat all of the rice
  5. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer, covered, for 25 minutes or until the rice has absorbed all of the liquid. A sheet or so of tin-foil under the pan lid helps to make a good seal
  6. Add extra water if the rice dries out before it's cooked
  7. Add the chopped chillies and add salt to taste

Serving suggestions

Serve in a large bowl, garnished with coriander leaves


Serve cold as a salad.

If you don't want to add chillies, try some sliced roasted red peppers instead.

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