Thursday, September 18, 2014

Arroz Con Verduras ~ Peruvian Cilantro Rice

Arroz Con Verduras
Arroz Con Verduras is a Peruvian rice dish with vegetables & cooked with cilantro paste . This dish is mildly flavored & served with a Peruvian Green Aji Sauce as a side.
Peruvian dishes are one of our {me & hubby} favorite foods.The near by Peruvian restaurant made us hooked to their food. Oh.. They have a live music on weekends & it's just awesome. My hubby is totally in to this Peruvian Green Aji Sauce & the fried rice they make. So I decided to make them at home for this marathon & we loved the outcome.
Cilantro green paste is heart of this dish. The recipe I followed, suggested adding few spinach leaves to control cilantro taste. I added few basil leaves to make it much tastier though it is not authentic to add them. 
Peruvian Green Aji Sauce is a special sauce made of lettuce, garlic & cilantro. The taste of this sauce is heavenly & very addictive. I made it as a side dish, but felt it needs some improvement & hence I skipped posting it here.
To know what my other friends are cooking, check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 44
Arroz Con Verduras
Adapted from here.
Prep Time-15mins | Cook Time-25mins | Serves-2People
1&1/2Cups short grained rice {uncooked}
2&1/2Cups water 
For the gravy 
2Cups cilantro
8Leaves spinach 
8Leaves basil 
5Green chili's 
1Big onion chopped 
3Garlic minced
1Yellow bell pepper
2Carrots finely chopped
1Cup fresh corn 
2Tbs tomato paste {optional}
2Habanero chili deseeded & chopped {Very spicy} {Optional}
3Tbs oil
Salt to taste
- Heat pan with oil, to that add onions & minced garlic. Cook on low heat till onions are translucent.
- Meanwhile grind cilantro, spinach, basil, tomato paste & green chili's to a smooth paste. If needed, add a little water to grind.
1.Stove Top Method
- Add in carrots, bell pepper, corn & chili to pan along with the grind paste. 
- Add in rice & enough water to cook rice. Add salt & cook it with a closed lid. Once the rice is done adjust salt if needed & switch off heat. 
2.Electric Cooker  
- In electric cooker add water, vegetables, rice & green paste we made along with salt. Mix well & cook according the cooker instructions. Once rice is cooked puff up & serve warm.
3.The Third Way
- Cook rice separately & cool it off. 
- Now to the onion pan  add in carrots, bell pepper, corn, salt & chili along with the grind paste. 
- Mix well & cook veggies with a closed lid.
- Once the veggies are cooked, switch off heat & allow it to cool. 
- Now mix in cooled off rice with the gravy & adjust salt if needed. 
- Allow it to sit for 30mins before serving. 
- Exclude habanero chili's, basil leaves & tomato paste from the recipe for a authentic dish. 
Arroz Con Verduras
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  1. Very interesting recipe. Looks like a healthy dish with all the vegetables.

  2. Lovely color and flavorful rice. Nice choice for Peru

  3. Such a wonderful looking rice bowl!..bookmarked!

  4. Very delicious and flavourful one pot meal, definitely my kind of food.. Lovely recipe choice.

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  6. very similar Rice made for M , with veggies this rice sure a healthy and tempting one :) I just love the cilantro flavor in rice a lot !! very nice recipe selection dear !!

  7. amazing platter of dishes...loved the rice and the flavors going in it

  8. Nice and flavorful rice...the recipe seems to be interesting and catchy.

  9. That is one yummy looking rice from Peru. It sure has some Indian flavors in it. I think my family would love this.

  10. Wow, you found such a flavorful rice, similar to our Indian flavors in Peru. Incredible.
    That platter of rice is inviting.

  11. Peruvian cuisine is one of my faves and you made a great selection

  12. Nice recipe and a very healthy one too...

  13. yummy fried rice and sauces. I am sure my girls will love them.