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Arroz Con Gandules

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A popular Puerto Rican dish prepared in the traditional style. Main ingredients: gandules or pigeon peas, rice, sofrito and pork.
  Achiote 3 Tablespoon
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs), hot
  Rice 2 Cup (32 tbs), cooked
For pork ribs
  Pork spare ribs 3 Pound, cut into 3 inch pieces
  Oil 2 Tablespoon
  Bay leaf 1
  Grape leaf 1
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Wine 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Red hot pepper To Taste
  Salt To Taste
For gandules
  Gandules 1 Pound, frozen
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
For sofrito
  Green pepper 1 , chopped
  Red pepper 1 , chopped
  Tomato 1 , chopped
  Garlic clove 1
  Onion 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chopped
  Green olives 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Thyme sprig 1
  Capers 1 Tablespoon

1. In a pan add oil(2 tablespoon) and achiote, heat slightly to extract the color.

2. In a pan, combine all ingredients of the pork, put on heat, cook for few minutes.Cover and cook for about 50 minutes.
3. In a pot, add gandules along with water and salt, allow to cook for 10 minutes.
4. In another pan, place all ingredients of the sofrito.
5. To the ribs, add the achiote oil, cook for few minutes.
6. Add sofrito ingredients to one side of the pan, cook together for few minutes.
7. Add gandules and hot water, cook for few minutes. Add rice and mix.

8. Serve hot on a banana leaf.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Puerto Rican
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
60 Minutes
Ready In: 
75 Minutes
Puerto Rican Rice With Pigeon Peas
If a dish is named as a national dish of a country, it's got to have something special; like this arroz con gandules is righteously Puerto Rico's national dish. See, how easily it is prepared and what an amazing combination of flavors it has. Worth trying for family get together.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 660 Calories from Fat 241

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 26 g40.6%

Saturated Fat 7.9 g39.7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 81.7 mg27.2%

Sodium 409.4 mg17.1%

Total Carbohydrates 62 g20.5%

Dietary Fiber 8.3 g33.3%

Sugars 1.7 g

Protein 41 g82.8%

Vitamin A 13.5% Vitamin C 52.4%

Calcium 12.8% Iron 21.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shantihhh's picture
Pigeon Peas/gandules/toovar sounds very nice!
The.Tortilla.Guy's picture
Aye Dios Mios I want to come over for Dinner !!! The Tortilla Guy
Arroz Con Gandules Recipe Video, Puerto Rican Rice With Pigeon Peas