Chipotle Mexican Grill doesn’t hide what it puts in its food. Chipotle has a good record for using organic, non-GMO produce when possible, sourced from local farmers when practical; so instead of concealing their ingredients, they make them publicly available. Cilantro-lime rice exemplifies the restaurant’s approach to simplicity and clean flavors — it contains long-grain white rice, organic limes and organic cilantro. You can prepare similar cilantro-lime rice at home in about 30 minutes.

Things You'll Need

Rinse the rice in a colander under cool water. Chipotle’s rice owes most of its fluffiness to rinsing, which removes chaff and excess starch granules. You need 1 cup of rice for two servings.

Bring twice as much water as rice by volume to a boil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add a pinch of salt and 1 bay leaf for every cup of rice.

Pour the rice into the boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon of neutral oil, such as rice bran or canola oil, to the water and stir.

Cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, and turn the heat to low. Steam the rice for 18 minutes, and then transfer it to a mixing bowl; if there is water in the saucepan, drain it off first.

Add the juice of 1/2 a fresh lime and a couple teaspoons of finely chopped cilantro for every cup of uncooked rice you made.

Stir the rice gently, but quickly, using a fork. The rice still absorbs the lime and cilantro at this point, so stir quickly to incorporate it evenly.