Cilantro-lime rice

Here is my take on Chipotle's cilantro-lime rice. In the Persian cuisine,  several types of herbal pilaf dishes are customarily cooked. Examples of such dishes include, but not limited to, Sabzi-polo (rice with assorted herbs), Shivid-polo (rice with dill), and Baghali-polo (rice with dill and fava beans). Having this heritage, I hereby present my Persian influenced cilantro-lime rice. 

2 cups Jasmine rice
2 cups water
100 gr (3.5 Oz) Cilantro-lemon puree (recipe follows)
2 TBSP vegetable oil
2 TSP salt 
1/2 Persian lime, juice

Cilantro-lemon puree:
100 gr (3.5 Oz) cilantro (leaves and stems. You may use only the leaves to have more vivid green color; stems are however very flavorful)
4 small ice cubes
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1/2 preserved lemon

The key to achieve a vivid green herbal color is blending cilantro with ice and freezing the resulting puree! I, therefore, blended the washed and dried cilantro, ice cubes, oil, and preserved lemon and froze the resulting fine puree over-night. Note that preserved lemon is the best approach to achieve the desired citrus background flavor.

Add the rice, water, oil, and salt to a 2 Qt. saucepan. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to medium low. Cook for 10 minutes or until there is no water floating on the surface. Stir occasionally, but not liberally, as over-stirring breaks the rice grains (Persian granny's rule!). Squeeze the lime juice in, and plant the cilantro cubes in different locations. 

Decrease the heat to low, cover the pan, and let the rice steam for 15 minutes.

When the rice is steamed, stir to mix the colors and serve. Note that the center of cilantro cubes will keep their green color, allowing the dish to showcase a spectrum of green colors.
The herb cube recipe above, yields twice as much cilantro-lemon puree as the rice recipe calls for. I marinated some chicken with the rest by adding lime juice, roasted garlic, and Poblano to that base. A Mexican style chicken kebab was therefore attained. Avocado Hollandaise shown above is from here