Baked Mexican Rice with Cheese Patties

Posted: August 14, 2012 in International, Mexican, Rice
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Mexican cuisine is very much similar to Indian cuisine. Its a style of food that originated from Mexico and is famous for its variety of spices, colorful combination of ingredients and for its diverse flavors. I have adapted this dish from Tarla Dalal. This is a simple and colorful recipe which is a blend of Indian and Mexican cuisine. Its a filling combination of spicy vegetables, rice and cottage cheese patties. Its one meal dish which require some extra effort and time but the end result is worth all the pain and sweat.

Ingredients :-
For Rice

Steamed Rice
2 1/4 cups
Onion Chopped 1
Boiled Mixed Vegetables 1 cup
Chilli Powder 1 1/2 teaspoon
Oil 3 tbsp
Salt To taste
Ginger garlic paste
2 teaspoon

For Cheese Patties

Potatoes Boiled and mashed 2
Crumbled Paneer
1/2 cup
Green Chillies Chopped
2
Cilantro Chopped
2 tblsp
Plain Flour
1 tblsp
Oil
For cooking

For Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes 3 large
Onion 1
Garlic cloves
4-5
Chilli Powder
1/2 teaspoon
Dried Oregano or Carrom Seeds (Ajwain)
1/2 teaspoon
Sugar
1/2 teaspoon
Oil
1 tblsp
Cheese For Baking
3 tblsp

Method :-

For the Rice

  • Heat the oil and fry onions for 3-4 mins. Add ginger garlic paste to it and fry again for 1 minutes.
  • Add the chilli powder, vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the rice, salt and mix thoroughly.

For the Cheese Patties

  • Mix the potatoes, paneer, cilantro, flour, green chillies and salt and shape like patties.
  • Cook on a tawa with the help of a little oil.

For the Tomato Gravy

  • Heat the oil and fry the onion for 2 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and fry again for a few seconds.
  • Add the tomatoes, ajwain/oregano, chilli powder, sugar and salt and cook until soft.
  • Blend in a mixer. Do not strain. If the gravy is too thick, add little water.

Final Arrangement

  • Spread the hot rice in a greased baking dish.
  • Put the cheese patties over the rice.
  • Cover with the tomato gravy and sprinkle grated cheese on top.
  • Bake at 400 degree F (200 degree C ) for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Tip :-

  • Keep the rice and sauce hot so that the baking time gets reduced.
  • Here the preferred oil is Olive oil.
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