ARROZ CON COCO (COLOMBIAN COCONUT RICE)
5 min Prep, 45 min Cook
Nowadays you won’t find me eating copious amount of rice which is quite strange being of Caribbean heritage. In the Caribbean rice is a absolute dietary staple, in fact what rice is to the Caribbean is what pasta is to the Italians. When you’re exploring various recipes and constantly amending your diet like I do there’s little time to eat the same food on rotation.
Arroz con coco essentially translates to a sweet coconut rice, a dish that derives from Colombia. For a second you may be forgiven to think the pictures deeply resemble rice and peas (peas and rice) due to the dark hue. Well the colour comes from caramelizing the coconut solids and the use of brown sugar, in my case I used coconut sugar which is diabetic friendly with a low glycemic index number (35).
This recipe is freezer friendly, any leftovers can be stored in the freezer and eaten at any given time.
Heat the coconut solids in a heavy base saucepan or dutch pot and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium and stir the coconut solids until they separate from the oil. This should take roughly 10 minutes, the solids should be a beige colour, don't worry if it's not too dark.
Skim off the excess oil in the pan and discard.
Add the rice to the pan and coat with the coconut followed by the pink salt, coconut sugar, sultanas and cinnamon stick then stir.
Pour in the coconut milk and stir again.
Bring the milk to a boil, then reduce to simmer, covered, for about 45 minutes. During the given time check the liquid levels, if the rice isn't cooked through and the liquid has evaporated add ¼ cup at a time of more coconut milk.
Once cooked, leave to stand, covered for 5 minutes before serving.
Fluff rice and serve.
Serving Size 1271 g
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 1433 cals||72%|
|% Daily Value*|
|Kilojoules 6005 kJ||72%|
|Fat 46.6 g||72%|
|Sodium 3061.8 mg||133%|
|Carbohydrate 189.3 g||63%|
|Protein 38.1 g||76%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|