Hello and welcome back to Nilda’s Kitchen. First of all, I would like to thank everyone who watched my first video on how to make Sofrito. And as promised, I will be showing you how, where and how much of Sofrito I use in my dishes. Today I will be showing you how I make a very popular dish, Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Green pigeon peas). Its one of my favorite dishes. It is soo good, it can be eaten alone if you like.
Just like Sofrito, it can be made in many different ways. But today I will show you the easy and simple way to make it. To make Arroz con Gandules you will need the have the following:
This Recipe is for a family of 4.
- 2 cups of Medium grain rice if possible
- 1 tbs of Sofrito
- 1 tbs of tomato sauce
- 1 packet of Sazon (coloring and seasoning)
- Ground cumin (sprinkled)
- 2 1/4 cups of water
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 cup of Gandules (you may add more or less)
- Oil (any kind is fine)
Heat up your cooking pot or your caldero (low heat). Add oil, enough to coat the bottom. Add the Sofrito, tomato sauce, Sazon and the cumin. Mix/stir them. Let it simmer in low heat for about 1 minute or so. Add your water and then your salt (again to your tasting). Let it simmer for another minute or so. Begin to add your rice and your Gandules. Stir it in and bring it to a boil. Once you see it beginning to boil, lower your flame to a low flame. Cover your caldero and periodically check (roughly within 15 minutes). With a large spoon mix it so it may cook thoroughly. Cover it again and check within 15 minutes. Depending on how many cups of rice you will be using, timing will be different, it can actually take longer. For 2 cups of rice, it takes about 35 minutes. I usually let the stove on low flame so it can give me the pegao (crunchy part) though you do not have to do this if you do not the pegao.
Like I mentioned before, Arroz con Gandules can be made in many different ways. Once you know how to make the simple version, you can be creative by adding other ingredients. Some people like to add corn, ham, pieces of pork, chicken and so forth. Just please do not get too creative on your first try.
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Remember for every cup of rice you need a cup of water and add 1/4 of water.
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