Over medium heat, using a lidded saute pan or wide pot, saute onion and garlic in oil until fragrant and tender, 4-5 minutes. Add rice, saute 1-2 more minute, coating each grain, then add coriander, 1 tablespoon of the lime zest (save rest for garnish) and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt.
Give a stir and add the water. Bring to a rapid boil. Cover, lower heat to low (gently simmering).
Cook 20-22 minutes or until all the water evaporates.
Fluff with fork, squeeze with lime juice (3-5 tablespoons) and right before serving, toss in the chopped cilantro and scallions.
Fluff again, taste and adjust salt and lime to taste.
If making ahead, add cilantro and scallions right before serving!
If using Brown Basmati Rice, plan on almost double the cooking time… 35-40 minutes (unless you soak the rice beforhand). Make sure to read package directions adjusting the liquid if need be.
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