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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Arroz con Gandules (Pigeon Peas Rice)

Arroz con Gandules was the first dish my mom ever taught me to cook.  I have been making it since I was 14 years old.  Most people are intimidated by the process, but I can assure you that it's really not that complicated.  I will walk you thru step by step, and you will have the best dish ever. The best pot to use for the rice is a Caldero.  You can find it at any Hispanic store. Here we go!


4 cups of medium size rice (rinsed)
3 cups of water
1 can of pigeon peas
1/4 cup of sliced alcaparrado-capers (optional)
1 can of tomato sauce
5 tbsp of oil
3 tbsp of sofrito (mix of onions, sweet peppers, garlic, cilantro,culantro)
1 Goya chicken bouillon packet
1 culantro and achiote (Goya Sazon packet of coriander and annatto )
1/2 cup diced Kielbasa or Chorizo
salt to taste

In a pot add the pigeon peas, capers, tomato sauce, oil, sofrito, chicken bouillon, culantro and achiote envelope and Kielbasa or Chorizo.  The Kielbasa or Chorizo will give the rice a great flavor. Cook this for about 5 minutes on medium heat.  Then add the rice, the water and salt.

Continue to cook on medium heat with the lid on, but not all the way..leaving a space for some of the steam to come out for about 5 minutes or until all of the water has evaporated. Stir the rice and set to simmer. Cover the pot completely and cook for about 30-40 minutes, stirring it after 15 minutes.  I usually let the rice on simmer for about an hour, while I'm cooking other things. Enjoy with your favorite meat.

Tips: You can substitute the Pigeon Peas (Gandules) for red beans, pink beans, garbanzos or any bean of your preference.  If cooking long grain rice add and extra 1/2 cup of water


  1. Looks good, glad I am having some today

  2. Thank you so much. My best friend has been trying to teach me for over 20yrs. I have the correct rice pot and everything. Just can't seem to make it taste as good as she cooks.

    1. Once you learn how to make it, you can substitute for beans or garbanzos. It's really easy. Good luck and let me know how it comes out.

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