A few days ago we had a guest who wanted to eat some dominican food, and after preparing lunch I realized I haven’t share with you much of what we eat most of the time, for example, a rice recipe… I am from Dominican Republic and there I was used to eat rice almost every single day (and to be honest, I still do) so I am wondering how is that even possible?! I won’t say I am a rice lover but it definitely has a special place in my house and in my tummy :P. Sometimes you just need that sort of “comfort food” at hand, and for me some locrio de pica pica (spicy rice with sardines) and beans do the trick (if you have avocado on the side, even better! 😀 )
Budget friendly with great flavor
This is one humble dish (often cataloged as been eaten by poor people) but for me has always been a favorite, maybe because I have always loved strong flavors (aka sardines, herring, cod fish and weird veggies like “molondrón” (okra) lol) but also because it is highly nutritious and cheap. Win-Win all the way.
In Dominican Republic some people argue if locrio (rice mixed with either meat, fish or veggies) is eaten with beans on the side. I like it this way, but usually an avocado, some fresh salad and fried ripe plantains are enough (In case you are wondering…Yes! We dominicans eat pretty heavy and we love carbs :P)
Typically in DR this rice is prepared with sardines in spicy tomato sauce (which is an horrendous spicy tomato sauce by the way) but because I am not a fan of that awful tomato sauce I just buy the sardines in oil, discard the oil and color the rice with some paprika you can also use some tomato paste if you prefer)
For this recipe you’ll need
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 100gr onions (2 medium onions), finely chopped
- 1 Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
- 2 Tbsp Sweet Paprika (o 1 Tbsp tomato paste)
- 2 Tbsp capers
- 10 green olives
- 4 cans of sardines in oil (usually they come in 100g cans)
- 3 cups of long grain white rice
- 4 cups of water
- 1 ½ Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes (you can add more if you like)
- 1/2 cup Frozen Green Peas (Petit Pois)
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Start by cleaning the sardines. I like to remove the scales, open in half and remove the bone (I have picky eaters! but if you don't mind just discard the oil and add the sardines as they are)
- Sautee the onions with the olive oil, until lightly golden and fragrant. Add the bell pepper, minced garlic, oregano and sweet paprika and let cook on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly to avoid burning the garlic and spices.
- Add capers, green olives, rice, water, red pepper flakes and half the sardines. Make sure the water covers completely the rice.
- Cook on medium high for about 15 minutes or until the water is almost completely absorbed. Stir the rice a bit (so that the rice on the bottom is on top and vice versa) , cover with the lid, lower the heat to minimum and let cook for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice is cooked through.
- Add the rest of the sardines and the green peas. Mix carefully and serve.
Make sure you check the directions on how to properly cook the rice you use at home. Some brands use same rice-water ratio, but for other brands you'll need slightly more water. I usually use 1 cup of extra water (If I use 2c rice I will add 3c water and so on)
This is how we eat it at home…
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