I'm guilty of always buying the boxed/packaged rice. The bottom line is rice intimidates me. It is either still crunchy or too mushy when I attempt a homemade version. I did some research and learned that the trick to the perfect rice when cooking on a stove top is to cook it with the lid on for 20 minutes over a low simmer before stirring. It's also important to use a non-stick pan since you can't stir for 20 minutes. It turned out perfect this time!
11/2 cups long grain white rice
1 T vegetable oil
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 3/4 cups low sodium chicken broth, heated
1 cube chicken bouillon
1 small 8 oz. can Goya spanish tomato sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
In a medium sauce pan, cook rice in vegetable oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Stir in the onion, green pepper, and jalapeno. Saute for 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook another minute. Pour in heated chicken broth/bouillon cube mixture (I pour mine in glass measuring cup and heat it in the microwave with the chicken bouillon cube), tomato sauce, and cumin. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer on low for 20 minutes. Do not be tempted to open and stir. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, remove the lid, and stir. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the chopped tomato. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Enjoy!