Although the best known and most popular rice in Ecuador is lentil rice, at my house from time to time they make chickpea rice with grated cheese and let me tell you that it is spectacular.
Hello everyone, today we will prepare a delicious chickpeas rice super easy to make
2 cups of rice washed and drained
1 can of cooked chickpeas, washed and drained (240gr)
1 red or green bell pepper
4 garlic cloves
1 white onion
grated cheese (manaba or mozarella)
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon anato paste (optional)
This recipe is intended for 5 people. So if you want to make more or less quantity, multiply or divide the ingredients and everything will be fine!
Start by cutting the pepper, onion and garlic very small (you can also put them in a food processor, chopper or blender), then in a pot over medium heat with a splash of oil, start sautéing the onion, when it is crystallized add the garlic and then add half a teaspoon of anato paste (this is optional) and finally the red pepper. add a splash of water to hidrate the mix.
Add the rice to the pot and fry it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly so it doesn't stick. This will make the rice come out more grained. add a teaspoon of salt for each cup of rice, mix and add the chickpeas. Then add 4 cups of water (2 for each cup of rice).
Cook over high heat until the water dries and then turn the heat as low as possible (we also put a grill of arepas, but this is not necessary). Let it cook for 15 to 20 more minutes or until the rice is soft. Move the rice with a fork trying to make it looser.
Before serving but still hot add the grated cheese and a tablespoon of butter, mix everything well and voila, you are ready to enjoy.
As we always say:
If your plate doesn't look like our image, don't worry! We spent over 40 minutes trying to find the perfect angle for the photo.
If you don't have any of the ingredients on the list or don't like something, feel free to replace it.
This recipe is only a guide and you can adapt it to your tastes. So don't stop doing it, you will be surprised how delicious it is!
Remember: "Practice makes perfect"
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