Nanzaro learned to enjoy this beans and rice dish while he was on a school humanitarian trip to Costa Rica in spring this year.
The rice did not turn out as black as those Nanzaro had in Costa Rica. I used a mixture of chicken broth and the liquid from cooking the black beans to cook the rice. Perhaps I should use only the cooking liquid from the beans to gives the rice more colour.
- 1 pound of dried black beans (or use canned ones for simplicity)
- a small bunch of cilantro, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 red or yellow sweet pepper, chopped
- 2 cups dry whilte rice (I used basmati rice); do not wash
- 3 cups of chicken stock or liquid from cooking the beans
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying the Gallo Pinto
Missing from the ingredients is the black bean.
P/S: the cup I used to measure the rice and cooking liquid is the cup that came with a rice cooker. It is smaller than the regular measuring cup.
Source: Nanzaro found the recipe for me from the internet.
|Soak the dried black beans in water overnight.
|Drain the beans and add fresh water to cover the beans (about 1 inch above the beans). Season with salt and bring to a boil. Cover the pot and reduce heat to a very low simmer until the beans are tender (about 3 hours). Monitor the water so that it does not dry up.
|Drain the cooked beans and reserve of the cooking liquid.
|Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pot. Saute half of the chopped onion, sweet pepper and cilantro for 2 minutes.
|Add the dry rice and saute for another 2 minutes.
|Add the cooking liquid; I used I can of chicken broth.
|I topped up the remaining liquid with the liquid from cooking the beans.
|Bring it to a boil; cover and reduce heat to simmer on very low for 15 to 20 minutes until the rice is done.
|Once the rice is done, heat oil in a large pan. Saute the chopped onion and red peppers until fragrant.
|Add the beans and saute for a couple of minutes.
|Add the rice and stir fry until mix thoroughly.
|Garnish with cilantro just before serving.
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