Congrí- Cuban rice

Congrí!! One of my favourite rice dishes, For those who love rice and want to try something different than risotto or rice pudding here it is.

This great meal is actually a part of traditional Cuban cuisine and I know it due to my good friend Chave from Cuba 🙂 She prepared it during one of our fiestas and that was the first time I tried Cuban food and I have to admit that I loved it.  This specific recipe is not a vegetarian but for those veggie lovers there- just avoid the bacon and you got this meat-free version. For those like me- put there some bacon…lots of bacon! 😛

Ingredients:

  • one cup of rice
  • 50g of dry black beans
  • one medium onion, diced
  • one yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • one clove of garlic, diced
  • 1 Tbs of cumin powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Instructions:

  •  Saute bacon, garlic, pepper, onion  in olive oil on medium heat until soft.
  • Add the beans, season them with pepper and salt, add cumin powder, bay leaves and water.  Bring to the boil and simmer  until beans begin to soften.
  • Add rice and another cups of water (or even chicken broth).
  • Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium low, covered.
  • Simmer for 30-40 minutes, or until rice and beans are cooked through and stock is absorbed.

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