New World Spanish Rice

Sort of mole, sort of spanish rice.

  • One sweet onion, diced
  • 2 fresh Thai Dragon peppers, chopped
  • 1 block tofu, 1/2″ chunks
  • 2 tsp cumin – ground
  • some cumin seeds (1/2tsp?)
  • 2 small cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 fresh ancho pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • handful semisweet chocolate chips
  • Salt, lime juice to taste.

Saute onion in olive oil, make somewhat soft. Add Thai dragons, tofu and cumin. Saute for a little while more without burning anything.

Add tomatoes, water, rice, and ancho. Simmer covered for a while, keep stirring every so often. Add the chocolate after 10 minutes or so. Salt and lime to give a little non-pepper bite to it.

This will end up as a spanish rice with just a hint of mole in it. The thai dragons are pretty hot, and stand up pretty well to being added early. Somehow I managed to make balanced flavors, instead of any one component dominating.

Of course with a whole plant of thai dragons, I think we’ll have that dominating flavor soon.

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