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Mexican achiote rice (arroz amarillo)

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8 servings
5 min
30 min
Easy

Ingredients

Number of serving: 8
For the garlicky achiote seasoning paste

2 tablespoons achiote seeds (I use the paste, like El Yucateco, available online at www.mexgrocer.com)

2 teaspoons allspice

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferable Mexican

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

6 garlic cloves, peeled (if doing without mortar and pestle, chop finely)

Salt, about 2 teaspoons

For the rice

1 cup fresh (or defrosted frozen) peas

1 cup rice, preferably medium grain

1 tablespoon canola oil

1 small white onion, finely chopped

1 3/4 cups broth, preferably pork or beef broth

2 medium carrots, chopped into 1/4-inch dice

Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Preparation

  • For the garlicky achiote paste
    Add the achiote seeds (freshly ground in a spice grinder) or achiote paste, allspice, pepper, oregano, and vinegar to a mortar and pestle (click here for information about mortars and pestles), or small bowl and mix well to create a smooth paste.
  • For the garlicky achiote paste
    Add the achiote seeds (freshly ground in a spice grinder) or achiote paste, allspice, pepper, oregano, and vinegar to a mortar and pestle (click here for information about mortars and pestles), or small bowl and mix well to create a smooth paste.
  • Next, dribble on and work in enough water (usually about a tablespoon or 2) to give it all the consistency of a thick but spreadable paste. You will need 2 tablespoons of the achiote paste. (Reserve the remainder in a small jar for future use on chicken, fish, pork, turkey, or rice. It will keep in the refrigerator for a while.)
  • For the rice
    Cook the fresh peas in a pot of boiling water until tender, drain and set aside. Or simply measure out frozen peas.
  • In a 2-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the canola oil over medium heat and add the rice and onion. Cook, stirring regularly and scraping up any sticky bits from the bottom of the pan, until the rice is chalky looking and the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the broth and the 2 tablespoons of achiote paste, along with 1/2-1 teaspoon of salt, depending on the saltiness of the broth. Whisk the broth mixture well, then add to the hot rice pan. Add the carrots. Stir once, scrape down any rice kernels clinging to the side of the pan, cover and cook over medium-low for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover and bite into a grain of rice: It should be nearly cooked through. If the rice is just about ready, turn off the heat, stir in the peas, re-cover, and let stand for 5-10 minutes longer to complete the cooking. If the rice seems far from done, cook for 5 minutes or so, retest and then add the peas, remove from the heat, and let stand a few minutes. Fluff the rice, scoop it into a warm serving dish, sprinkle with cilantro and serve. It's enticingly exotic!

    (www.robinsdinnernight.blogspot.com)

Photos

Mexican Achiote Rice (Arroz Amarillo), photo 1Mexican Achiote Rice (Arroz Amarillo), photo 2




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