Cilantro Rice with Crispy Plantain

This is a simple yet delicious Mexican recipe is an ideal side dish full of colour and flavour. Mexican-Canadian Chef Paula Zavala created this delicious rice dish cooked in a light cilantro broth and topped with crispy plantain. A perfect combination to pair with your favourite main dish!

4-6 servings
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min


  • 1 ½ (350 mL) cup long grain rice or parboiled rice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups (700 mL) vegetable broth
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cilantro, fresh
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • ¼ onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 plantain
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) vegetable oil


  1. Rinse rice on a colander until the water runs clear. Set aside.
  2. Place cilantro, jalapeno, onion, garlic, salt and vegetable broth in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot, add a piece of onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add rice and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the liquid from the blender, stir constantly for a minute. Cover, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Once the rice is cooked, let it rest in the pan for a few minutes and serve.
  4. While the rice is cooking, peel the plantain and dice small, fry in small batches until it has a caramel colour and place on a plate over a piece of kitchen paper to absorb the extra oil. Garnish the rice with crispy plantain.