Baked Mexican Rice with Cheese Patties


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Baked Mexican Rice with Cheese Patties is simply party perfect! Although it involves preparing the Mexican rice, cheese patties and a special tomato sauce too, each of these is quite easy to prepare and will not take too much time. You can prepare all these in advance and arrange them in a baking dish, ready to be stowed into the oven just a while before the guests arrive. Watch their faces light up as the aroma of tomatoes, onions, melting cheese and browning rice waft out of the oven tantalizingly.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  15 minutes   Baking Temperature:  200°C (400°F)    Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients


For The Mexican Rice
3 cups cooked rice (chawal)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 tsp ginger (adrak) paste
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1/2 cup chopped and boiled french beans
1/2 cup chopped and boiled carrots
1 tsp chilli powder
salt to taste

For The Cheese Patties
1 cup boiled and mashed potatoes
1/2 cup crumbled paneer (cottage cheese)
1/4 cup grated processed cheese
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1 tbsp cornflour
salt to taste
oil for greasing and cooking
for the tomato ketchup
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 tsp garlic (lehsun) paste
1 1/2 cups fresh tomato pulp
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste

For The Garnish
1/4 cup grated processed cheese

Method
For the mexican rice

  1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the ginger and garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  3. Add the french beans, carrots and chilli powder, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the rice and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.

For the cheese patties

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and mix well.
  2. Divide the mixture into 12 equal portions and roll each portion into a 50 mm. (2”) diameter flat round patties.
  3. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), grease it with a little oil, place the patties on it and cook on a medium flame, using a little oil till they turn brown in colour from both the sides. Keep aside.

For the tomato sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the onions and garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato pulp, chilli powder, oregano, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and blend in a mixer till smooth. Keep aside.

How to proceed

  1. Spread the rice on a greased baking dish.
  2. Place the cheese patties over the rice and evenly spread the tomato sauce.
  3. Sprinkle grated cheese and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c (400°f) for 10 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.


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 on 09 Aug 14 03:57 PM


Very tasty recipe. It does take some time to make this recipe but it is worth it.
 on 10 Jul 12 03:38 PM


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..
 on 19 Dec 11 12:34 AM


My friends loved it!!
 on 16 Dec 11 07:40 AM


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.
 on 22 Oct 11 10:15 PM


Amazing taste....my family.....which has a totally Indian palette enjoyed this as well...love it.....
 on 24 Sep 10 01:49 AM


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!