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Feb 20, 2011 01:15 PM

What is Peruvian Rice?

I am making Peruvian chicken tonight with an avocado/red onion/cilantro salad, and I want to make some sort of rice with a Peruvian vibe. The chicken is marinating in garlic, paprika, cumin, oregano, olive oil and vinegar. Any ideas for a complimentary rice dish?

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  1. I suspect the most common rice preparation in Peru is a simple pilaf - long grain sauted with some diced onion (and bell pepper), then simmered till done. An achiote colored oil is common in Latin America for this use. A fluffy rice with well separated grains is a wide spread preference.

    1. I remember just eating plain white rice as a side in Peru. The popular Peruvian restaurant Mo Chica in Los Angeles also serves a plain white rice side.

      The best rice dish I had in Peru was arroz con pato (rice with duck), which is traditionally flavored with beer, among other things. I've been meaning to make it.

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      1. re: sushigirlie

        Hi all...... actually the Peruvian rice that is eaten with almost every lunch is flavoured with garlic. I am living in Peru and I have to say that every day between 12 and 3 the air is filled with the scent of garlic rice coming from the kitchens. Its very simple to make just gently saute a couple of teaspoons of microplaned garlic in a little oil, but dont let it colour. Add your water and season well, bring it to boiling point before adding your washed rice. Cook on a very low flame until ready. Serve with your favourite criollo plate!
        Buen Provecho

      2. I made dinner for a Peruvian friend once from recipes on the internet. I want to say the rice was like Mexican rice (basically rice cooked pilaf style, staring with a sweat of onions and garlic, with tomato sauce in the liquid) with the addition of cilantro and peas.