Arroz con Gandules is a traditional Puerto Rican dish that I have learned over the years. I have had the good fortune to make friends with a few different people in my life that make it often. It is also something that my dad absolutely flips for, this is my rendition.
The flavor base of Arroz con Gandules or Pigeon Pea Rice is the Sofrito. It is a blend of herbs and vegetables that can be found in many dishes in Puerto Rican cooking. It is a staple that they usually make in big batches once a week or so and a little bit goes in basically everything.
Ingredients needed for Sofrito
- Garlic Cloves
- Bell Pepper
Get my Sofrito recipe HERE!
You throw all of those ingredients into a blender and pulse until it is a smooth mixture. It gives TONS of flavor to whatever you cook and will quickly become your favorite seasoning.
Making the Arroz con Gandules
So when I make my rice I like to start by layering in even more flavor. I first sweat an onion in some oil, then toast my rice til it begins to brown and throw in some garlic. You can skip this step if you want to, but it takes the dish from ok, to GREAT, in my opinion.
After your rice has browned, add in the liquids, bring to a boil and simmer string ofter for about 10 minutes until most of the liquid as been absorbed. Top the pan with the lid and let stand for 6-8 minutes. The rice will steam and finish cooking in that time.
You're left with a deliciously salty deeply flavored rice dish. It is even better if you add in some roasted pork. I have left my notes on how I do it at the end of the recipe below.
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