domingo, 9 de agosto de 2009

Rice or Delicious Pillows of Love

Arroz Con Gandules!!*vegan version*(Rice with Pigeon Peas!)

This dish is a typical puertorrican staple wich I enjoy to make and better yet, eat! A friend asked me for the recipe and I promised I will write it up. After battling procrastination, my will won the quarrel (hooray!) and here it is!
( I hope it comes out great Valeria!)

½ -1 bell peppers (it depends how “peppery” you want it! Also, be creative in the colors, pick your fav!)
1 big onion
2-3 cloves of garlic (Depends on how much you love your garlic, I fucking LOVE garlic)

1 veggie Bullion cube

1 can of tomato sauce

1 can of Pigeon Peas
2-3 cups of Rice (medium grain recommended!)
Vegetable Oil
Salt (or if you have ADOBO available, get some ADOBO, you will love it forever dear in your heart)
Big Pot and Lid

Extras (garnishes, so it looks pretty awesome!)
Bijol (it’s a natural spice used for color) or yellow/orange colorant
Roasted red peppers

Steps for cooking!

1. Shop the pepper, onion and garlic into tiny pieces.
2. Cover the bottom of the pot with a thin layer of oil.
3. When hot enough (NOT SUPER HOT!) add the shopped veggies and a bit of salt or ADOBO. Let them sweat away until translucent.
4. Add Bullion cube and tomato sauce. Stir together.

5. When all is nicely mixed and you have already tasted its goodness and know and that it’s perfectly seasoned, add the Pigeon Peas (you can add the whole can, including the water). Stir and mix.

6. Add rice. You must add the same amount of water. (ex. 3 cups of rice = 3 cups of water)If you have colorant or bijol, now will be the time to add it and stir it in. A little goes a long way!
7. Check for seasoning and add if needed. You may also add a little splash of oil.
8. Cook in medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
9. Cover with lid and cook for 15 minutes more in low-medium heat or until rice is soft like little pillows of love.

10. Garnish with strips of
roasted red peppers and sprinkles of Cilantro!
11. Enjoy!!!


*If it’s your first time or you’re not very experiences with cooking rice, try not stepping away for more than 5 minutes since it can easily burn and the entire pot of rice will taste like charcoal.

* Some people may use beer or a splash of dry white whine for flavor. (Or better yet, drink the beer while eating the rice)

* Drinking beer always makes food taste better.

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