Mexican cuisine is known for its bold and flavorful dishes, and one of the favorites is Mexican rice. However, for those following a Jain diet, which excludes onions and garlic, enjoying this classic dish can be a bit challenging. But fear not! We’re here to introduce you to the delightful world of Jain Mexican rice, a delectable twist on the traditional recipe that’s completely onion and garlic-free.
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The Jain Mexican Rice Journey
Ingredients You’ll Need
Before we dive into the culinary adventure of making Jain Mexican rice, let’s gather the necessary ingredients:
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp. finely chopped capsicum
2 tomato purees
2 tsp. red chili powder
1 tsp. cumin powder (jeera powder)
1 tsp. coriander powder
2 tbsp tomato sauce (if you are not using tomato sauce, add 1/2 tbsp sugar)
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. chili flakes
Salt as per taste
1/4 cup boiled rajma
1/4th cup corn
1/4 cup bell pepper
1 to 2 chopped jalapeos
2 to 3 chopped green chilies (completely optional, if you like it spicy, then do add)
1 cup soaked rice
1 and 1/2 cups water
Coriander for garnishing
Pair it with nachos and consider a delightful garnish of cheese.
Pro Tips for Perfection
To ensure your Jain Mexican rice turns out perfectly, consider these pro tips:
Soak the Rice: Make sure to soak the rice for at least 2 hours before cooking.
Equal Measurement: Use the same measurement cup for water as well to maintain the right balance.
Balancing Spices: After adding water, taste the mixture to check the balance of spices. You can adjust the salt or spices if required.
Crafting Jain Mexican Rice
Now, let’s embark on the step-by-step journey of creating this flavorsome Jain Mexican rice:
Prepare the Base: Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped capsicum. Sauté until it turns slightly tender.
Tomato Puree: Add tomato puree to the pan and cook for a few minutes until it blends well with the capsicum.
Spice It Up: Now, add red chili powder, cumin powder, and coriander powder. Stir well to infuse the flavors into the mixture.
Tomato Sauce: If you’re using tomato sauce, add it at this stage. If not, include sugar to balance the tanginess.
Seasoning: Sprinkle oregano, chili flakes, and salt as per your taste preferences. Stir the mixture to ensure even seasoning.
Incorporate Ingredients: Add boiled rajma, corn, bell pepper, jalapeos, and green chilies (if you like it spicy). Stir these ingredients into the mixture.
Add Rice: Now, add the soaked rice to the pan. Ensure that the rice is well-drained before adding it to the mixture.
Water: Pour in the water using the same measurement cup as the rice. This maintains the balance.
Cook to Perfection: Cook the mixture until the rice is completely done and the flavors are well incorporated.
Garnish and Serve: Garnish your Jain Mexican rice with fresh coriander. For an extra treat, serve it with nachos and garnish with cheese.
Jain Mexican rice opens up a world of possibilities for those following a Jain diet. It retains all the delicious flavors of the traditional dish while staying true to the dietary restrictions. With this recipe, you can savor the essence of Mexican cuisine without compromising on your dietary choices. Enjoy your flavorful journey through the world of Jain Mexican rice!Jain Mexican Rice: Where Taste Meets Tradition