Authentic Orange Rice
Hola, mis amigos y amigas! Today we’re making Authentic Orange Rice, a traditional Mexican dish.
Authentic Orange Rice is made with fresh tomatoes and vegetables. This dish is so delicious because it tastes better with fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomato sauce. If you have been scouting around for orange rice recipes, you’ve probably encountered recipes using tomato sauce. Well, here we’re using only fresh tomatoes! Nothing less!
My family loves this dish, which is why I make it weekly. I have served this rice with grilled meat, breakfast bowls, soups and so much more. Something like a blank canvas where you can paint over your favorite colors and you make a masterpiece. Or the perfect side kick to your meals. You can honestly eat this rice with anything!
Also, here’s a tip for all you moms out there having a hard time feeding your children vegetables. Yeah, I know right? Having kids and making them want to eat healthy can be very tricky! Well, this is an easy way to slip it into their diet without them even knowing. My 2 year old hates vegetables, but loves this rice. This is the ONLY time that he asks for 2nds, so I make this rice as often as I can!
I actually enjoy using brown rice to make this dish, and also Thai rice. Is that weird? Nah… It’s pretty darn good. As a matter of fact, I used Thai long grain rice in the picture above.
Let’s Talk About Rice
Before we go on, let’s talk a little bit about the canvas of this dish – the rice. Rice is a very versatile grain that is popularly used around the world. There are just so many varieties of rice, and they can be classified in different ways, just to be a little organized.
First, rice comes in different colors, from the very common white rice, to brown, to even red, purple or black.
Allow me to share a little background on brown rice, since it has so much advantage over white rice! And I mean in terms of nutritional content. Remember, health is wealth! We eat to enjoy, no doubt about that, but it has to sustain you with nutrients. Man, that is crazy important! I love my kids and nothing is more important than making them healthy as they grow up.
You see, brown rice is a WHOLE grain, meaning it has all the parts of the grain – the bran (which is the fibrous part), the germ and the endosperm. Yup, all that stuff! Compared to the more commonly used regular milled white rice (which is already stripped of all that brown fiber), brown rice has more fiber and protein.
Then, rice can also be sorted according to size (Okay, this reminds me of shopping for clothes! ha ha ha) Rice can be small, medium or large. Or to be more precise, short, medium and long grained.
Thai long grain rice, as you can guess, has slim/long grains. When you cook this recipe using long grain rice, you’ll see that the cooked rice grains tend to separate. Also you’ll notice that the texture is more on the firm side. This type of grain comes in either polished white or brown.
Finally, different varieties of rice yield different textures. Most will turn out to be firm when cooked, others creamy, and some others sticky. The sticky ones are used for some Asian desserts, like the Khao Niaow Ma Muang (Thailand’s most famous dessert, Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert), or the cute Japanese Mochi Balls and a Filipino sweet delicacy called Suman sa Ibos.
Why Authentic Orange Rice
Okay, so I did mention brown rice. You may be wondering: “I thought we’re making authentic orange rice!” Why are we talking about brown rice?” 🙂 Don’t worry, you’re still in the right page! 🙂 And yes, we’ll be cooking in a bit, hang in there. You’ll find out how exactly this dish becomes orange 🙂
My friend, you can use any type of rice that you enjoy to make your own authentic orange rice. Preparation is the same, no matter what rice you use — whether you prefer white, brown, long grain, short grain, etc. This recipe is pretty versatile!
My family has eaten orange rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add this rice to a breakfast burrito, breakfast bowl or even Buddha bowl. Don’t just limit yourself to only eating rice for dinner. In the meantime chow down, when you’re craving Authentic Orange Rice.
By the way, our Nana gave us this recipe and now I am sharing it with you! I hope you and your family enjoys the rice as much as we do. Feel free to tell me your personal experience cooking this dish, I would love to know!
Now roll up your sleeves, and let’s cook Nana’s Spanish Rice!