Saturday, April 27, 2013

On My Hearth: Arroz Amarillo (Yellow Rice)

Last night I decided to try another recipe from Everyday Happy Herbivore, this time Arroz Amarillo which translates to "yellow rice." As I mentioned, I grew up in South Florida where good Cuban food is widely available. Before going vegan, one of my favorite meals was Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice) so I wanted this to taste similar, just without the "pollo," of course. I tweaked the original recipe just a bit, using vegetarian "chicken" base to achieve just the right flavor.

Since it's customary to serve frijoles negros alongside many Cuban dishes, I pulled out my leftover Black Bean Soup, drained it a bit, and did just that. One can either mix the beans into the rice & peas, or eat it separately, your choice! All that was needed was a good loaf of Cuban bread, but since many store-bought versions contain lard, I was left to my own devices.  I experimented with a bread machine recipe which was close in flavor & consistency, but not appearance, so back to the drawing board on that one. 
Arroz Amarillo

Arroz Amarillo


    • 1 cup white rice
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 tsp onion powder
    • 2 tsp garlic powder
    • 1 tsp turmeric
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 tsp paprika
    • dash of ground ginger
    • 10 oz frozen peas
    • diced tomato for garnish (optional and not included in nutritional calculation)


  1. In a medium pot or rice cooker, combine rice, water and spices. If using a rice cooker, follow manufacturers instructions. Otherwise, bring to a boil then simmer until rice is tender but not too mushy, about 20 minutes.
  2. Cook peas as package directs, stir into rice mixture. Serve with black beans and Cuban bread if desired.
Makes 4 servings, approximately 1 cup each

Nutritional Info: Fat: 0.8g; Carbohydrates: 26.5g; Calories:134.6; Protein: 5.3g

The Verdict:  

Omni-Hubby says: Love the taste, but there are entirely too many peas. There should be, like, 6 peas in the whole thing.

VeganGypsy says: rolling eyes...he hates most vegetables, so don't take his word on this one! I thought the dish was excellent, with just the right amount of peas, and the addition of the black beans added a nice rich flavor and texture. Looking forward to leftovers today! 
We are off to run errands, maybe hit the farmers market for produce. Happy Saturday to you all! 


  1. That blend of spices sounds delicious! Looks so good; especially the peas. lol

    Love to come here and get some cooking inspiration!

  2. Thank you, Aisling, from one pea-lover to another! ;)