Saturday, June 25, 2011

Arroz con Gandules (Puerto Rican Rice with Pigeon Peas)

Last weekend was Father's day and I wanted to surprise my hubby by making him arroz con gandules. His family is Puerto Rican and he loves this dish!! It is super tasty and pretty easy to make!  I've heard of several different ways of making it, here's how I make mine!

  • 2 cups long grain uncooked rice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 1 can gandules (pigeon peas)
  • 14 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of cumin
  • 1/2 packet sazon
  1. Make the sofrito by heating the oil and adding finely chopped onions, cilantro and garlic. Saute until onions are translucent.
  2. Add the pigeon peas and tomato sauce and let it come to a boil.
  3. Add the rice and water. Season with salt, pepper, cumin and sazon. Mix it all in and cover the rice.
  4. Cook over med. heat until the water is absorbed, bring down to a simmer for about  30 minutes or until all the water is absorbed and the rice is soft. Try not to stir too much.
  5. You can also add ham, bacon, olives or capers. But for a casual dinner at home I like to keep it simple :)

Thanks to cousin Irene for her help!

My hubby on Father's day, He loved the arroz con gandules! After dinner he got to enjoy dessert. I made him a cookie "cake" since he doesn't like real cake!! :) 

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