Baked Mexican Rice with Cheese Patties


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A filling combination of spicy vegetables, rice and cottage cheese patties.

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Serves 6.
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Ingredients



For the rice
2 1/4 cups Steamed Rice
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 cup boiled mixed vegetables
3 tbsp oil
salt to taste

To be ground into a paste (for the rice)
4 cloves garlic (lehsun)
12 mm. piece ginger (adrak)

For the cheese patties
2 potatoes, boiled and mashed
100 gms crumbled paneer
2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1 tbsp plain flour (maida)
2 green chillies, chopped
oil for cooking
salt to taste

For the tomato gravy
3 large tomatoes
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic (lehsun)
a pinch of carom seeds (ajwain) or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For the baking
3 tbsp grated processed cheese

Method

    For the rice

    1. Heat the oil and fry the onion for 2 minutes.
    2. Add the paste and fry again for 1 minute.
    3. Add the chilli powder and vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.
    4. Add the rice and salt and mix thoroughly.

    For the cheese patties

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

    For the tomato gravy

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

    How to proceed

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

    Tips
    1. If you keep the rice and sauce hot, the baking time gets reduced.
    5 reviews received for Baked Mexican Rice with Cheese Patties
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    Queenie1.5September 24, 2010

    Though a wonderful novelty dish, I doubt you get this kind of rice served even in Mexican restaurant. Its filling one dish meal, requires little extra effort and time. Pair it with some bean enchiladas and salad and you're all set for Mexican theme party!
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    Reviewed September 24, 2010by Queenie1.5

    Though a wonderful novelty dish, I doubt you get this kind of rice served even in Mexican restaurant. Its filling one dish meal, requires little extra effort and time. Pair it with some bean enchiladas and salad and you're all set for Mexican theme party!

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    Reviewed December 16, 2011by Foodie #509845

    The recipe was great. Lot of effort but worth the result. My family enjoyed it. The only change that I will make when I cook this the next time is make more gravy.The cheese patties are very tasty.

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    Reviewed December 19, 2011by Foodie #556386

    My friends loved it!!

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    Reviewed July 10, 2012by Chef to be..Dhruti

    It was delicious..When you eat, you get the amazing taste of cheese pattice with rice & tomato gravy.. My friends loved it!! M gonna make it again soon..

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    Reviewed October 22, 2011by ChefOfTheFuture

    Amazing taste....my family.....which has a totally Indian palette enjoyed this as well...love it.....

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