A Vegan and Balance Puerto Rican Dish: Arroz con gandules

Arroz con gandules is a traditional Puerto Rican dish specially cooked during the Christmas season. Being away from home after 5 months, already made me homesick. Since food is something very attached to our roots, I wanted to cook this traditional dish wish I couldn’t enjoy during the Christmas season because I couldn’t go to home.

The problem was that I had never cooked arroz con gandules  and I didn’t know hot to do it. I had the opportunity to travel to see my uncle this year which has a lot of culinary skills and he taught me how to cook arroz con gandules. So back home, I was very excited to do this recipe for the first time and then been able to cook it at any time and even invite my friends to have a taste of Puerto Rican Food.

The most important ingredient, I may say for el arroz con gandules, is el sobresito sazón. The sazón is what will give that real Puerto Rican flavor and the unique orange-ish color to the rice. This dish is can take 30-45 mins to cooking. It requires a lot of love and time. 


servings: about 4

1 cup rice

1 can 16oz gandules

1 sobre sazón

1/2 tsp garlic

1/2 tsp basil

1/4 tsp paprika

4 cups of water

*If desired you can add olives. They add a really good flavor. You can add them when the rice is cooking.*


1- First, start cooking the gandules. They have to be cooked in a stew style. In a big pot cook the gandules with the whole can of gandules, 2 cups of water and the sazón. Let it boil until the water has been absorbed but not completely.

2- Now, add the rice to the pot, the rest of the seasonings and 2 more cups of water. Let cook until the rice is tender and the water is fully absorbed.

3- The course is done! You can serve it with your choice. I served mine with tofu, amarillos, avocado, tomato and sauerkraut.

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