Rice is a staple food in many Hispanic households, and it’s not hard to see why! It’s versatile, affordable, and can be prepared in countless ways. In fact, rice has been a part of Latin American cuisine for centuries, with each country having its own unique way of preparing and serving it. This simple food has brought families together and with its endless possibilities, there’s no doubt that this humble grain will continue to inspire delicious dishes for generations to come.

For centuries las abuelas have been showing their nietos/nietas how to make traditional rice dishes and that will never change. Mahatma® Rice simply encourages their followers to #unfollowlareceta. This concept means giving a new dimension to those classic recipes. Although proud of their heritage, the younger, more independent generation wants to leave a fresh, modern imprint in the kitchen. Mahatma’s® mission is to enable novice cooks to develop their own fresh understanding of how to prepare rice, whether on a regular basis or for special occasions. Let’s take a look at some recipes that allow the chef to #unfollowlareceta as they add their personal touch to a traditional cuisine to create a fresh new spin.

Puerto Rican Rice Flavors with Gandules and Habichuelas

Puerto Rican rice is a staple dish that is loved by many due to its rich and diverse flavors. Their vibrant and flavorful cuisine is a fusion of Spanish, African, and indigenous Taino influences. One of the most popular Puerto Rican rice dishes is Arroz con Gandules, which is usually made with pigeon peas, aromatic sofrito, peppers, onions and more. With Mahatma® we’ve included those things but much more. Why not #unfollowlareceta and make this recipe all your own? 

puerto rican arroz con gandules with pigeon peas and rice
Arroz con Gandules

How to Prepare:

  • Start with making a sofrito with onion, garlic, and ham in olive oil to get the flavors in this dish going. 
  • Once the veggies are nice and tender, add your spices like sazon, achiote, adobo seasoning, oregano, coriander, and cayenne.
  • Before allowing the rice to simmer in the broth and chopped tomatoes, give it time to cook in the spice and tomato mixture so it can absorb all of the savory flavors. The pigeon peas and olives should be added before allowing it to sit. After it has completed cooking and absorbed the liquid, fluff it with a fork, top with cilantro, squeeze some lime juice on top, and serve. 

Puerto Rican Rice and Beans

Rice and Beans has always been a traditional favorite for generations and this Arroz Habichuelas Guisadas is no exception to the rule. Whether you prefer black beans or red kidney beans, white rice or brown rice, arroz con habichuelas is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed as a side or main course. Our recipe calls for much more than just rice, beans, tomato sauce and olives. #Unfollowlareceta and take your time – we promise the wait will be worth it!

Arroz con habichuelas guisadas rice and beans dish
Arroz Habichuelas Guisadas

And for another Puerto Rican favorite? Plantains! Don’t miss out on all the incredible ways you can prepare them! 

Rice Dishes Straight from Spain

Heading to Europe we arrive in Spain as we run with the bulls, enjoy listening to flamenco, drink fine wines and have the best Arroz con Pollo we have ever tasted. This hearty and flavorful meal is perfect for both family dinners and special occasions. It typically consists of seasoned chicken pieces cooked with rice, vegetables, and spices such as saffron or cumin. The dish can be customized to fit different tastes by adding additional ingredients such as olives, peas, or tomatoes. Whether you’re a fan of spicy or mild flavors, arroz con pollo is sure to satisfy your taste buds. 

Arroz con Pollo

If you are looking for something on the sweeter side, Arroz con leche, or rice pudding, is a beloved dessert in many Latin American and Spanish cultures. This creamy and sweet treat is made by cooking rice in milk with sugar and cinnamon until it becomes thick and pudding-like. It’s a classic comfort food that can be enjoyed warm or cold, and often served with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. #Unfollowlareceta and try making it in a Thermomix

Cuban Cuisine with Rice 

If you’re a fan of Cuban cuisine, then you must have heard of Arroz Congri. This traditional dish is a staple in Cuban households and is loved for its unique blend of rice and beans. It’s the perfect comfort food that can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish with your favorite meat or seafood.

Arroz congri is made by cooking white rice and black beans together with garlic, onions, and spices like cumin and oregano. The result is a flavorful dish that has a slightly smoky taste from the beans. Improvise and get creative in the kitchen if you are missing any of the recipe ingredients. Keep this guide with common recipe substitutions handy if you find yourself in this situation.

Whether you’re new to Cuban cuisine or just looking for a new recipe to try out, arroz congri is definitely worth adding to your list. So grab your ingredients and get cooking!

Costa Rican Rice Dishes 

Are you looking for a delicious and hearty breakfast recipe? Look no further than the traditional Costa Rican dish, Gallo Pinto. This classic dish is a combination of rice and beans that is seasoned with rice, beans, diced veggies and cilantro. It’s perfect for starting your day off right or as a side dish for any meal. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be customized to your liking with different toppings such as avocado, sour cream, or hot sauce. Our recipe even calls for Worcestershire sauce. Why not?

Gallo pinto with beans and rice mixed with vegetables
Gallo Pinto

Travel to the Bayou for Cajun Jambalaya 

This classic Crab and Sausage Jambalaya dish combines the rich flavors of spicy sausage, succulent crab meat, and aromatic vegetables like onions, peppers, and celery. It will transport your taste buds straight to Louisiana.

This dish can be prepared spicy or mild and with shrimp or chicken. This one-pot wonder is not only easy to prepare but also packs a punch in terms of flavor. It’s the perfect dish to serve up for family dinners or impress your guests at your next dinner party. (Abuela will love it!). So, grab your apron and #unfollowlareceta with our exciting recipes. 

For more tips on how to #unfollowlareceta stay tuned to Mahatma® Rice website.

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