This was delicious! I cooked the rice a little longer on the stove (a full 8 minutes) and added maybe an extra 1/3 cup of water during that process. I also put all of the rice at the bottom of the baking dish, unlike layering it like the directions say to. I had read on some reviews about the rice not cooking thoroughly and extra water sitting on the bottom of the pan but unable to reach the layered rice, so I was proactive about it and did the rice first. It's a delicious meal. If you like spice, you can use whatever hot peppers you want (unless you care about being 100% traditional with your ingredients). I used 3 small hot chili peppers, which is what I happened to have on hand, and next time with use maybe 6 - 8 so I can have more of a pop. The 3 peppers alone didn't even grant a "mild" taste, in my opinion.