Leon's Stepped-Up Rice

  • 3 jalapenos, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 4 cups freshly cooked Texmati rice

Combine the jalapenos, onion, celery, and pepper in a food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade, and pulse several times to make a fine minced paste. Heat the oil in a large skillet and fry the vegetables for 5-7 minutes, or until soft. Add the hot rice and blend well. (reviewer's note: I added a bit of salt, fresh minced cilantro and coarse ground black pepper, too.)
Yields 5 cups.

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