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Easy Arroz con Gandules Recipe

Easy Arroz con Gandules

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"Latin rice and pigeon pea main dish can be made with other peas or beans."

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  1. Place green peppers, onion, garlic and cilantro in a blender or food processor, puree. This mixture is called soffrito, it is your seasoning base. It can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 6 months.
  2. Place 3 tablespoons olive oil and 6 tablespoons soffrito in an 8 quart saucepan. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes to release oils.
  3. Pour one can of tomato sauce and the Spanish seasoning packet into the saucepan, mix well. Add 3 cups rice to the mixture and stir until the rice is coated.
  4. Stir pigeon peas into the mixture and add boiling water. Cover the pot with aluminum foil and a pot lid. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 45 minutes or until rice is tender.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 16, 2010

This recipe is missing one very important ingredient.. salt! Being Puerto-Rican myself, arroz con gandules without salt is unheard of. Which is probably why some of you said it came out bland. I would add a teaspoon. Also, two cans of peas is a lot, I would do just one. Extra garlic, and an extra packet of Goya's Sazon seasoning is my secret. I also use the fluid from the drained peas as part of the water (reduce water accordingly). Que rico!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 07, 2011

First of all Arroz con gandules is made with white rice. You can make it with brown rice but it will then not be considered by anyone to be authenthic in taste. Salt is a must. Spanish olives are usually expected. Sofrito is always made with culantro (recao) and ajies dulces. Without the culantro you will not get that authentic taste you are looking for. If you like you can add a combination of any of the following: spanish ham, salted pork fat (tozino), chorizo. Aluminum foil is not needed if you have a decent pot ( I don't know anyone who uses it). How much water depends on your pot and the type of rice you use (long grain, medium grain, etc). I use long grain and one cup of water per one cup of rice. This is what works well for my pot. The rice should not be mushy or over-cooked. I always rinse my rice to remove the extra starch before I cook it. You will be surprise what a difference that makes. Hope this helps.

Oct 26, 2005

As a Puerto Rican, I'm clearly impressed! The recipe turned out wonderful and I added a few more garlic cloves than the recipe calls for. As for the spanish seasoning package, I highly recommend using Sa-son's Culantro y Achiote seasoning packets (in english- coriander and annatto seasoning), it's authentic, tasty, and easy to find.

Apr 03, 2006

I cheated on this recipe and used jarred Goya Soffrito - good stuff and cuts some of the work out. I sauteed an onion with a little oil to start and substituted 8 oz. of the tomato sauce with the soffrito and used Goya Culantro y Achiote seasoning. It was excellent! It took far less than 45 minutes to cook since I have a gas stove top, though. Good thing I checked on it because it would have burned. Perfect recipe and will make again.

Jun 29, 2005

Its good and very tasty..

Jul 25, 2008

Too Mushy. 6 Cups of water plus the juice of the tomato sauce and canned peas is too much fluid for this recipe. Change brown rice to white rice...Add 4 cups of white rice instead, no tomato sauce, the two cans of the pigeon peas WITH the liquid...add just enough liquid to cover the rice....cook until it starts creating craters. I add whole spanish olives to this recipe and spice it up a little more with the Goya seasonings and cumin....it always turns out delicious and perfect on the fork! :)

Jan 26, 2007

I loved this! But how do you get that "sticky" crispy well done rice that is suppose to be stuck to the bottom of the pan?? I remember it growing up and that was the best part! Does anyone know? Thanks

Dec 24, 2003

Nice flavor! I had to guestimate the tomato sauce (I only had a 28 oz can) and overdid it so my rice was mushy, but it still tasted great! This is a great recipe because using homemade sofrito you don't get all the additives and msg found in Goya sofrito. I added some adobo as well. Also, cutting the sofrito recipe in half still gave me more than enough to make this dish. Tastes like the arroz con gandules I've had in Puerto Rican restaurants without all the msg! Fried plantains (platanos) were an excellent accompaniment for this dish!


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  • Calories
  • 237 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 8%
  • Fiber
  • 5.6 g
  • 23%
  • Protein
  • 7.1 g
  • 14%
  • Sodium
  • 400 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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