Sunday, January 2, 2011

Yellow Rice with Vegetables

There are infinite variations of yellow rice. This time I had a package of frozen vegetables that had been sitting in the freezer for a while and were aching to be thawed. I'm no expert at making rice, which is embarrassing for a Cuban woman. This batch turned out well.

1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups thawed mixed vegetables
5 cups water
2 cups long grain white rice
1/2 tsp Bijol (annato)
1/2 tsp paprika

olive oil

In a large pot sautee your onions, garlic and pepper in olive oil. Add your mixed vegetables, add the water and the spices. Add your rice. Stir. Bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low and cover your pot. In about 15 minutes check the rice, if the water has absorbed and the rice is hard add a little more water. Check for taste; I usually add more salt and olive oil at this point. Stir. Check back again in about 10 minutes. It should be done by then.


  1. This looks so good! The last time I tried making rice with veggies it was ok but not the way I imagined. I need to try it your way! I also made papas rellenas yesterday. I took some pictures and I plan to post it on my blog. I didn't follow your exact recipe, but I totally used your technique. I've always wanted to make them but had no clue until you posted it. Oh man, they were sooo good! I made a dipping sauce for them out of ketchup and cholula brand hot sauce. It was heaven! Thanks for awesome posts! Happy new year!

  2. Happy New Year Sharline! So glad I could be of help with your papas rellenas. Looking forward to seeing your pictures.

  3. Looks delicious, Ivonne. I think I can tweak the cook time and allow for the brown rice to cook. I'm afraid that at home, I no longer cook white long grain rice. But it should work the same, right?
    Wishing you the best for the new year!!!

  4. This looks good, I like using veggie that are in the freezer just waiting to be used. I can't believe you're not an expert rice maker :D

  5. Maria, I rarely cook brown rice. Brown rice with veggie sounds really good. You can skip the bijol and paprika if you wish. As far as the ratio of water to rice??? I don't know. As you say you'll have to tweak it.

    Lyndsey, making rice for me is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get! HAH!

    Happy New Year.

  6. I'm sort of shocked it wasn't all "asopao" when you used like 5 cups water for 2 cups regular white rice... Usually for that I use 3 cups water for 2 cups because you know most Cubans like it "desgranado"