Fluffy Mexican-Restaurant-Style Rice

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  • 1 cup dry long grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups rich chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper


  1. Put the rice in a sieve, and put the sieve in a bowl of enough water to completely cover the rice. Let soak for 15 minutes then drain.
  2. Saute over medium heat the onion, celery, garlic and bay.
  3. Add the rice and stir.
  4. Add the tomato paste and stir until the rice is coated with tomato paste and begins to look toasted – about a minute.
  5. Add the chicken broth and salt and pepper.
  6. Cover.
  7. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to simmer.
  8. Simmer 10 minutes and remove from heat but leave the lid on for another 5-15 minutes before serving.
  9. Fluff with a fork and serve.

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