4 cups water — PLUS 2 tablespoons water
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup fresh cilantro
2 green chillies — seeded and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1 garlic clove — minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine 2 cups water and rice; let stand for 30 minutes. Drain well.
Place 2 tablespoons of water, fresh cilantro, and chillies in a blender or food processor; process until smooth.
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, green onions, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add chilli mixture; sauté 2 minutes.
Stir in rice, 2 cups water, and salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.