Arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican rice and peas). 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. If you've tasted Puerto Rican rice before, I guarantee it didn't turn out perfectly amazing the first time they tried making it either.
This is Puerto Rico's national dish along with roasted pork. This dish is mainly served during Christmas season or for special occasions. The sofrito is the most important part of seasoning the rice. You can cook Arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican rice and peas) using 10 ingredients and 7 steps. Here is how you cook that.
Ingredients of Arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican rice and peas)
- Prepare 2 tbsp of sofrito.
- Prepare 1 tbsp of adobo.
- It’s 1 tbsp of garlic powder.
- You need 1/2 can of tomato sauce.
- Prepare 1 envelope of sazon.
- It’s 2 envelope of goya pork boullion.
- Prepare 1 tbsp of oil.
- Prepare 1 can of gandules (pigeon peas) with liquid.
- It’s 2 of gandules can of water.
- You need 1 1/2 cup of rice.
This Puerto Rican rice recipe calls for canned pigeon peas, and those can be found in most large grocery stores, specialty groceries, or online. Arroz con gandules can be served alone or with a variety of sides such as pollo guisado (chicken stew), tostones, and a light salad. Arroz con Gandules is a traditional Puerto Rican dish that is served usually around Christmas season or special occasions. One of the main reasons why this is served for special occasions is because it Gandules, which is pigeon peas in English; is essential to the rice dish and is packed with nutrients.
Arroz con gandules (Puerto Rican rice and peas) step by step
- Please measure your rice to water according to directions on rice bag. I never measure, I just go by what I see. Usually my water is about 1/2 inch above the rice in the pot.
- In a medium sized aluminum rice pot, heat oil and sofrito on medium high heat until oil turns green, stirring constantly.
- Add adobo, garlic powder, sazon, pork flavor, tomato sauce, water and pigeon peas and bring to a boil.
- Wash rice and add to pot stirring occasionally (so that the rice doesn't stick).
- Lower heat once rice seems to have just a coat of liquid on top, cover and let cook for about 20 minutes. Do not stir too many times once heat is lowered as it will make your rice mushy..
- Rice is done when rice grains are open..
- Note: you can also use corn, Vienna sausages, red beans, chorizo, chicken, cut ham or just plain yellow rice instead of using gandules. This is the typical recipe for Puerto Rican rice. I also add pimiento sometimes..
A traditional Puerto Rican dish, arroz con gandules is rice cooked with green pigeon peas. This orange-hued dish is full of flavor from the herby, peppery sofrito and pairs nicely with stewed chicken, pork, or red beans. Don't worry if the bottom layer burns a bit as you finish cooking the rice–this. Learn how to make Puerto Rican arroz con gandules recipe in a rice cooker! Traditional Puerto Rican food, rice with pigeon peas goes modern!