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Monday, January 17, 2011

Arroz Caldo

Arroz Caldo (literally translated as warm rice) is a type of congee (or lugaw) that closely resembles the risotto. Though this dish is of Chinese origin, the (new) name was actually given by the Spaniards because of pronounciation issues.
The use of chicken (cut into individual servings) makes Arroz Caldo different from other congees. Safflower (wild saffron), toasted garlic, and scallions are added to enhance the  flavor, color, and aroma of the dish.

Try this delicious Arroz Caldo recipe from Panlasang Pinoy.

1 ½ lbs chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 ½ cups uncooked rice
34 ounces water (about 1 liter)
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 cup onion, minced
4 pieces hard boiled eggs
1 cup scallions (green onions), minced
2 knobs ginger, julienned
3 tbsp safflower(kasubha)
1 piece chicken cube (bouillon)
1 piece lemon or 4 pieces calamansi
2 tbsp cooking oil

Cooking Procedure:
1. In a pot, heat the cooking oil then saute the garlic, onion, and ginger
2. Dash-in some ground black pepper
3. Add the chicken cube and cook until the cube melts
4. Put-in the chicken and cook until outer layer color turns golden brown
5. Add the fish sauce and uncooked rice then mix and cook for a few minutes
6. Pour-in the water and bring to a boil
7. Stir occasionally and simmer until the rice is fully cooked (about 30 to 40 minutes)
8. Put-in the hard boiled eggs
9. Add the safflower for additional color and aroma
10. Serve hot with garlic, minced scallions, and lemon. Share and Enjoy!

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