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Rice with Peas and Cilantro

Steeped in aromatics and studded with peas, this grain-and-veggie combo is more substantial than a typical side.

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  • Servings: 4
Rice with Peas and Cilantro

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2010


  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, stems reserved
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pound fresh peas, shelled (1 1/2 cups)


  1. Tie together reserved cilantro stems with kitchen twine.
    Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Cook
    onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until tender, about
    8 minutes. Add chili powder, and season with salt and
    pepper; cook for 1 minute. Add rice, and stir to coat. Add
    cilantro-stem bundle and the water; bring to a boil.
    Reduce heat to low, and gently simmer, covered, until water
    is absorbed, about 15 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, and add peas (do not mix). Cover, and
    let stand for 10 minutes. Discard cilantro-stem bundle.
    Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cilantro leaves.


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  • martak1202 19 Jul, 2010


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