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, soak in water overnight (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.
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Loved this dish when I lived in Costa Rica for more than 9 years. The key here is Salsa Lizano. That’s what makes it taste authentic. I’m not sure about the basmati rice which has its own fragrance. Just plain long grain rice will do. The way I’ve seen it made is that the veggies go into the cooking with the beans so the flavor is all there. The rice is cooked separately and when you’re ready to serve, you mixed the two, with generous helping of the black beans which at this stage will have a lot of them separated from the bean cover. Think of the asian red bean soup, the inside mixed well with the rice is what imparts the taste, texture and color. Fried egg on top, and a side of plantain. Best breakfast in Costa Rica.
I don’t think Salsa Lizano is available here but Worcestershire sauce works fine.
Now try to make Arroz con Pollo 🙂
Agree with above. Salsa Lizano is the key. You can get it from Fresh Is Best (2972 West Broadway Vancouver).